Higher degree

The higher degree pathway to general registration involves completion of an accredited postgraduate degree offered by coursework at minimally a fifth and sixth year of study such as a Masters degree (the standard higher degree pathway) or Doctorate (the doctoral higher degree pathway) while registered as a provisional psychologist. Completion of an accredited postgraduate degree satisfies the requirement under the National Law and the General registration standard to complete a period of supervised practice required to become eligible to apply for General registration as a psychologist.

Accredited postgraduate degrees generally comprise coursework, practical placements and a research thesis.

To be recognised for registration a degree must be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accredited Council and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia.

The Board’s list of approved programs of study is a list of all courses that are currently accredited and approved and can be found on the Accreditation page of the website.

For information about entry requirements to approved programs of study please contact the university or college directly.

Psychologists who meet the requirements for general registration via the higher degree pathway have the option of going on to complete an advanced post-masters or post-doctoral training program – the Registrar Program – which leads to eligibility for area of practice endorsement. For more information visit the Endorsement section of the website:

For more information about the higher degree pathway click on the links below:

Graduate Applications

Graduating soon? Apply for provisional registration now.

Page reviewed 9/10/2017