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Postgraduate Psychology degrees - new academic calendar FAQs

In 2023, UniSQ is introducing an innovative and new Academic Calendar that allows you to better manage your study load and structure your own degree progression to balance work, family, and university commitments.

Understanding the academic calendar

In 2023, the Master of Professional Psychology, Master of Clinical Psychology and the Master of Clinical Psychology – Advanced Entry degrees will offered in the Block calendar for coursework. New students will commence in Block 1 (January 2023).

The Block calendar consists of short 6-8 week study periods that typically includes 6 weeks of teaching, an optional 7th week for assessment and a 1-week study break. 

From 2023, the Block calendar will be used for coursework.
If you are studying full-time you will be required to study in every study period. Part-time students may not be required to do so depending on their course load.
The Block calendar allows us to eliminate assessment overlap between courses and provide regular breaks between courses. It also provides more flexibility with the finalisation of grades for practicums and is consistent with the skill development of a professional/clinical psychologist.
No, coursework will be in the Block calendar. We are currently finalising the format for placement courses in 2023 and will provide further information once this has been finalised.

Key dates

Download the 2023 academic calendar for the Master of Clinical Psychology, Master of Clinical Psychology - Advanced Entry, and Master of Professional Psychology to view all key dates throughout the 2023 academic year.

Block 1

Date Description
9 January 2023 Class registrations open
18 January 2023  Orientation
23 January 2023  Study period start
23 January 2023  Last date to enrol
6 March 2023  Exam/Assessment period start
3 March 2023  Study period ends

Block 2

Date Description
 9 January 2023 Class registrations open
15 March 2023 Orientation
20 March 2023  Study period start
20 March 2023  Last date to enrol
1 May 2023  Exam/Assessment period start
28 April 2023  Study period ends

Block 3

Date Description
3 April 2023 Class registrations open
10 May 2023 Orientation
15 May 2023 Study period start
15 May 2023  Last date to enrol
26 June 2023  Exam/Assessment period start
23 June 2023  Study period ends

Block 4

Date Description
3 April 2023 Class registrations open
5 July 2023  Orientation
10 July 2023 Study period start
10 July 2023 Last date to enrol
21 August 2023  Exam/Assessment period start
18 August 2023  Study period ends

Block 5

Date Description
24 July 2023 Class registrations open
30 August 2023 Orientation
4 September 2023 Study period start
4 September 2023 Last date to enrol
16 October 2023  Exam/Assessment period start
13 August 2023  Study period ends

Block 6

Date Description
24 July 2023 Class registrations open
25 October 2023 Orientation
30 October 2023 Study period start
30 October 2023 Last date to enrol
11 December 2023 Exam/Assessment period start
8 December 2023 Study period ends
For students studying in 2023, the first class will be in Block 1, starting the week of 23 January 2023.

No, only one postgrad psychology course is being offered in each Block.

New students will commence in Block 1 (January 2023).

There is no break within each 8-week Block, however, there will be more frequent breaks throughout the year in between the Block study periods. There will also be a short break in the Christmas to New Year period.

Download the 2023 academic calendar for the Master of Clinical Psychology, Master of Clinical Psychology - Advanced Entry, and Master of Professional Psychology to view all key dates throughout the 2023 academic year.

Enrolment and course selection

The full-time enrolment pattern will be the completion of six Blocks and two practicums. Students wishing to complete the degrees part-time must consult with the Program Director to determine the best enrolment pattern.  

Detailed information about recommended enrolment patterns will be available from 19 October 2022 in the UniSQ Handbook:

You can find information about your courses, required pre-requisites and enrolment patterns in the UniSQ Handbook, which will be available from 19 October 2022.  

Enrolments for 2023 are scheduled to open from 19 October 2022. You can enrol in classes once you are offered a place in one of our degree. Current students can enrol for 2023 as per university guidelines. 

UniSQ offers many flexible ways to study. With our postgraduate psychology degrees, you have the option of slowing down and completing your degree part-time.

There is no accelerated option available for our postgraduate psychology degrees. 

Assessment and exams

There will be two assessment items per Block. This a reduction from some courses where there are currently three assessments.  
Any supplementary or deferred assessment will be in accordance with UniSQ policy.
In this instance, please contact your Program Director to discuss your options.

Where to find more information

More information will be available in the UniSQ Handbook from 19 October 2022.

Please refer to updates on the Academic key dates website and contact us for any additional enquiries.

Current students are advised to speak with their Program Director and check the Postgraduate Psychology Program community site on StudyDesk.

Connect with us – start a conversation, whenever suits you. Contact us for more information.

Current students

If you are a current student, from 2023 you will enrol in courses using the Block calendar. We are currently finalising the format for placement courses in 2023 and will email you further information once this has been finalised.
Information about the changes to the new calendar will continue to be updated on the Postgraduate Psychology Program Community StudyDesk.
Finishing the degree in it's existing format is not possible. Please contact us to discuss your options. 

About the degree

UniSQ provides postgraduate psychology students with practical hands-on experience in a variety of settings, as well as training from world class lecturers who all actively engaged in clinical practice. Many are also engaged in world class research. 

Graduates of the Master of Professional Psychology who complete a further one year of full-time supervised practice, are able to apply for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.   

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology and the Master of Clinical Psychology - Advanced Entry can work as a fully registered General Psychologists in the public and private sectors, and as a Clinical Psychologist following completion of their Clinical Psychology registrar program. 
The Master of Professional Psychology has received accreditation with conditions from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fifth-year program in Psychology.  

The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fifth- and sixth-year program in psychology. 

The Master of Clinical Psychology – Advanced Entry is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a sixth-year program in psychology. 

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