International Student Applications

Am I an International Student?
You are an international fee-paying student if you are NOT an Australian citizen (including dual citizens), or a New Zealand citizen (including dual citizens), or a permanent resident of Australia.You are an international fee-paying student if you hold a permit for temporary entry to Australia. For example, if your status is: overseas student, permanent resident of New Zealand, diplomat, temporary resident who hold permits for work purposes, refugee or a dependent of any of the above. For more information contact the International Office.

Am I an onshore or offshore International Student?
On-shore is a student who is currently enrolled at an Australian University. Off-shore is a student overseas.

Will the MCP degree be recognised in my country?
You may contact the Australian Psychological Society and AHPRA for further information regarding accreditation and registration. To determine international equivalency for accreditation and registration of the MCP, students are advised to contact the relevant accreditation and registration bodies in their own country for accurate advice. However, with careful selection of clinical placements and additional clinical placement hours MCP/PhD graduates can meet UK standards. Those students who who undertake additional placement hours, may be able to meet Canadian standards and equivalence in the US of the pre-internship PhD program in clinical psychology.

What is a four year Bachelors degree with honours in psychology?
Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) websites provide information on accredited four year honours degrees in psychology. At the University of Sydney, honours is one academic year in duration and includes: Empirical Thesis (50%); Theoretical Thesis or Special Fields Coursework (30%); Coursework (30%) - Research Methods (15%) and Ethics and Professional Issues (5%).

What is the Australian Psychological Society (APS)?
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for assessment of overseas academic qualifications in psychology. For a fee, the APS determines the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are comparable to an Australian program of study that has been accredited by the Society. As it is also a requirement of the Psychology Board of Australia, that all applicants with non-Australian qualifications to have their qualification assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the APS assessment is required as all students must be provisionally or fully registered with the AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia in order to commence clinical placements. Students will not be permitted to commence the MCP program without APS assessment and provisional registration.
http://www.psychology.org.au/membership/qualifications/

What is APAC?
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sets the standards for accreditation of Australasian psychology programs. APAC is a body that assesses and approves the minimum qualifications from recognised Schools of Psychology for the purposes of eligibility for registration as a psychologist in Australia and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society. APAC does not conduct assessments, however, you may wish to view their list of Australian accredited qualfications.
http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/accredited-courses/

How is my degree assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS)?
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the body responsible for assessing the level of overseas qualifications for Australian equivalence by considering overseas qualifications against local accredited psychology qualifications. It is recommended to contact the APS for advice. The APS currently charges a fee to assess tertiary qualifications. http://www.psychology.org.au/membership/qualifications/ The APS assessment is also required for application for registration with AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia. Contact AHPRA for further information http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Registration/Overseas-Applicants.aspx

Will APAC assess my degree?
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sets the standards for accreditation of Australasian psychology programs. APAC is a body that assesses and approves the minimum qualifications from recognised Schools of Psychology for the purposes of eligibility for registration as a psychologist in Australia and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society. APAC does not conduct assessments, however, you may view their list of Australian accredited qualifications.

Can you advise if my overseas degree is the same as an Australian degree?
No. The Clinical Psychology Unit can not provide any information on overseas degree equivalency. You must contact the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for information regarding the assessment of degree equivalency or Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) for a list of all Australasian accredited courses.

Is my degree comparable to an Australian four year Bachelors degree honours in psychology?
It is a requirement for admission to the MCP MCP/PhD and for provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia that all non-Australian qualifications are assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for assessment of overseas academic qualifications in psychology. For a fee, the APS determines the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are equivalent to an Australian program of study that has been accredited by the Society.

Do I need to have my degree assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS)?
It is a requirement for admission to the MCP MCP/PhD program at the University of Sydney, that all non-Australian qualifications, including qualifications from New Zealand, are assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). It is also a requirement of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) that all non-Australian qualifications, including qualifications from New Zealand, are assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Students must be eligible for provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) in order to commence the MCP MCP/PhD program and supervised clinical placements. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for assessment of overseas academic qualifications in psychology. For a fee, the APS determines the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are equivalent to an Australian program of study that has been accredited by the Society. The APS assessment processing time is approximately six to eight weeks. The APS assessment must be completed before applying for the DCP/MSc program. As the APS assessment is required for admission to the MCP program and for provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) any applications submitted without evidence of the APS assessment will not be considered.

What is an upper second class 2.1 honours degree?
At the University of Sydney, an upper second class honours is considered as 75% or above, overall for the fourth honours year. In some cases this may be equivalent to a GPA of 3 out of 4. However, for international qualifications this is not always comparable, therefore the Clinical Psychology Unit relies on the APS assessment of qualifications for equivalency to an Australian four year Bachelors degree with honours. The School also assesses the research content of overseas degrees for comparability and asks students to provide the degree name, thesis title and thesis abstract, including information on methods used and whether the project was theoretical or conducted with methods consistent with an Australian fourth year honours degree.
At the University of Sydney, honours is one academic year in duration and includes: Empirical Thesis (50%); Theoretical Thesis or Special Fields Coursework (30%); Coursework (30%) - Research Methods (15%) and Ethics and Professional Issues (5%).

If not supplied on my academic transcript, how do provide evidence on my honours GRADE?
As both the honours class and grade are used in our selection criteria to assess and rank students, you are asked to provide the following wherever possible, to determine your your overall honours grade:
- Letter from your fourth year equivalent honours coordinator stating your honours class and grade (ie. 2.1 75%)
- Your academic transcript and university grading system, outlining individual results achieve for each unit of study in the fourth year equivalent, along with your fourth year honours weighting scheme at your University, in order to calculate an overall total for the fourth year equivalent. For example at the University of Sydney: Empirical Thesis (50%); Theoretical Thesis or Special Fields Coursework (30%); Coursework (30%); Research Methods (15%) and Ethics and Professional Issues (5%).

How do I provide evidence of an individually (or group) conducted research project and thesis?
All qualifications, in particular qualifications obtained from a non-Australian University, must include a major research project and thesis as an essential part of the degree. Upload evidence of an individually (or group) conducted research project and thesis, if not detailed on your academic transcript, particularly for non-Australian qualifications. Provide degree name, thesis title and thesis abstract. Including information on methods used and whether the project was theoretical or conducted with methods consistent with an Australian fourth year honours degree.

If I am currently completing honours at an overseas university, can apply for MCP or MCP/PhD this year?
If you are currently completing honours at an overseas university and your qualification will not be awarded prior to the application closing date, you will not be eligible to apply until the following year. As all applicants with non-Australian qualifications must have their qualification assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before submitting an application and the APS assessment of qualification may take up to 6-8 weeks to process following the award of your qualification. Applications submitted without the APS assessment of non-Australian qualifications will be rejected as not having met the minimum admission requirements.

Does my degree meet requirements in terms of psychology coursework content?
Please provide details of all coursework undertaken in psychology. As your degree must be assessed to be deemed equivalent to an Australian four year honours degree in psychology. Please note the Faculty of Science and Clinical Psychology Unit are unable to assess qualifications. It is a requirement for admission to the MCP MCP/PhD that all non-Australian qualifications are assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Does my degree meet the research requirements?
Please provide details of all research components of your degree eg. research thesis. As your degree must be assessed to be deemed equivalent to an Australian four year honours degree in psychology. Applicants are required to have completed an individually conducted research project and thesis in their fourth year equivalent. Please note the Faculty of Science and Clinical Psychology Unit are unable to assess qualifications. It is a requirement for admission to the MCP MCP/PhD that all non-Australian qualifications are assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Upload evidence of an individually (or group) conducted research project and thesis, if not detailed on your academic transcript, particularly for non-Australian qualifications. Provide degree name, thesis title and thesis abstract. Including information on methods used and whether the project was theoretical or conducted with methods consistent with an Australian fourth year honours degree.

What do I need to provide to demonstrate the completion of an individually conducted research project and thesis?
Applicants must provide sufficient information to allow the Clinical Psychology Unit to determine if the standard achieved meets that of at least an upper second class honours (H2.1). The transcript must contain information regarding the nature of the research. That is, a research thesis/project should be listed on the academic transcript with final mark or grade. Upload evidence of an individually (or group) conducted research project and thesis, if not detailed on your academic transcript, particularly for non-Australian qualifications. Provide degree name, thesis title and thesis abstract. Including information on methods used and whether the project was theoretical or conducted with methods consistent with an Australian fourth year honours degree.

Can I submit my application early, before the closing date?
Yes. However, your application will not be evaluated early. Your application will be evaluated after the closing date with all other applications. Applications open in July each year.

If I submit my application early, can I be given an earlier indication as to whether my application would be successful?
No. Applications from international students are considered within the same timeframe as those from Australian applicants. While recognising that this may potentially cause problems for international applicants given the time required for visa processes, scholarship applications, relocation etc, because entry to the degree is highly competitive it would disadvantage local applicants if places were allocated early and independently of the applicant’s ranking within the complete set of applications. As an indication of interest for the program over 150 applications are received each year for the 15-20 places that we have available. Approximately 50 of those applicants are selected for interview on the basis of the specified selection criteria. A critical issue for international applicants is to ensure that their qualifications have been assessed for equivalence to an Australian 4-year Honours degree in psychology prior to applying, which is an essential prerequisite for entry to any professional psychology postgraduate program. Please find further information available regarding admission and selection under Applying.

Do I need to demonstrate english language proficiency?
See the university's english language requirements.

Can I submit a work experience referee report from volunteer work experience?
If your volunteer work experience is of a clinical or clinical research nature, you may use this to obtain a work experience referee report. However, if your volunteer work does not have clinical or clinical research content, you will not be able to include it in your application. In such a case, you would be advised to find a second academic referee report.

If my referee report is completed in a language other than english, is an official english language translation required?
Yes. The referee would be required to have the referee report officially translated, as the referee report is confidential and should not at any stage be returned to the student. The referee must send the completed report and translation directly to the University, not to the student.

Is there a quota on the number of international student accepted?
No. Domestic and international applicants are considered equally on merit, according to academic qualifications, publications, work experience and interview. Domestic and international applications are treated equally throughout the selection process.

What is the selection process?
Selection is by application evaluation and interview. Interviews are held on the last Wednesday of November and first Friday in December. First round offers will be made from second week of December and second round offers often continue into January. Each year around 300 applications are received, 50 applicants interviewed and 15-20 offered places. Further information

Will I be able to defer an offer of a place?
No. It is not possible to defer an offer. If offered a place on the program you must either accept or decline the offer. If you choose to decline the offer, you would be welcome to re-apply the following year.

Can I receive a conditional offer for an international scholarships application with a deadline before October?
No. Applications in October. There is no mid year intake. Applications are not assessed until after all international and domestic applications have been received on second last Friday in October. The Admissions Office and Faculty of Science process the applications in the two weeks following the closing date for forwarding onto the Clinical Psychology Unit for assessment. Following evaluation and ranking, the top fifty ranked applicants are offered interviews. First round offers are made during the second week of December and second round offers in the third week of December. Dependant on the rate of acceptance of offers, offers may continue into the third week of December or January.
An offer or conditional offer for a place can not be made until at least December each year. Whilst it is possible to submit an application prior the closing date, it is not possible to receive an offer until after all applications have been assessed, interviews completed and rankings determined in December. Unfortunately this may have implications for international scholarships applications with early deadlines. Due to the competitive nature of the program, students are not eligible to apply for such scholarships as places are not finalised until December.

How are international students interviewed?
All International students are asked to arrange access to a computer with webcam and SKYPE access during the interview period. International students are to advise at the time of application on the application form, their SKYPE address, in order to have a web cam based interview. If at the time of interview, technical difficulties are experienced with SKYPE, a telephone interview may be offered. Therefore International students are asked to nominate on clearly on their application form, the SKYPE address and the landline telephone number that will be contactable on during the interview period. It is however, in the applicant's best interests to have a web cam interview.

What scholarships or financial assistance are available for international students?
Contact the Scholarships Office for information regarding financial assistance and scholarships.
Scholarships for international postgraduate students
International scholarships database
Financial Assistance Office

What are the living costs and accommodation available for international students?
Living costs and accommodation services for international students are outlined on the International Office web site. Or contact the Financial Assistance Office

What work opportunities are available during the program?
The MCP MCP/PhD is a very demanding and intensive full time program, comprised of academic coursework, supervised clinical placements and a full research project and thesis. The time commitments for each of the coursework, clinical placement and research components of the degree are outlined in the workload distribution section. Students are not encouraged to work, however, it recognised that students need to support themselves financially. Some students manage to work casually one day a week, for example, finding employment independently or through the Careers Centre or in the School of Psychology as tutors or research assistants for Clinical Psychology staff. Living costs for local students and living costs for international students are outlined on the International Office website. You may also email currently enrolled students for a student perspective.