How to Apply
Applications may be made via our Applications page. For a more detailed overview of our application process, as well as information on our quotas and the academic requirements for our courses, please expand the topics below by clicking on the ‘+’ button.
1.1 ISN endeavours to have fair and equitable processes for admission into all courses.
1.2 Application for admission is completed online through ISN’s web page.
1.3 Applications for course entry must be made prior to cut off dates published on the website for individual course offerings.
1.4 Applications will consist of submission of an application form together with original documentation outlining student achievements, past secondary and tertiary education results, and references where applicable.
1.5 Applications can be received at any time throughout the year although cut off dates will be published for commencement within any given semester.
1.6 Applications received past the published deadline for any course offerings in a given semester may not be considered.
1.7 Applicants may apply for entry into the following course offerings either part-time or full time:
1.7.1 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (4th year only)
1.7.2 Master of Professional Psychology
1.7.3 Master of Psychology (Clinical) (Year 5-6)
1.7.4 Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) (Year 5-6)
1.7.5 Doctor of Psychology (Sport and Exercise, Clinical)
1.7.6 Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) & any Master Level Course offering (year 4 and above)
1.7.7 Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies [4-year bridging (2 year program)]
1.8 Applications for multiple course combination offerings under 1.7.6 will be required to maintain a full-time status during the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) year.
1.9 Quotas may be imposed on courses in line with available resources.
1.10 Students must complete their course within a timely manner. Students must maintain an enrolment of at least two units per semester for part-time status and 50 credits (or equivalent) per semester for full-time status. Failure to maintain this level of enrolment may result in a “Show Cause” notice. The appropriate course coordinator, in consultation with the Director of Academic Studies, may provide special dispensation allowing for fewer units/credit points to be undertaken per part-time year in special circumstances.
1.11 Acceptance into a course or course sequence may involve:
1.11.1 Submission of an application form with relevant documentation.
1.11.2 An interview and/or psychological assessment process (predominantly for short-listed postgraduate and combined sequence candidates).
1.12 Applicants not considered having the necessary combination of academic achievements and psychology related work experience will be notified of the outcome within one month of the application being processed.
1.13 Postgraduate and combined sequence applicants offered the assessment process will be considered to have the academic equivalence for entry and/or psychology related work experience.
1.14 The addition of an interview will be scheduled where there is the need to determine academic equivalence or recency in meeting the application criteria and may apply to all courses.
1.15 Applicants will be notified of their progression to interview/assessment following the outcome of an evaluation by the selection team, typically consisting of the Registrar and/or Director of Academic Studies or a proxy, together with the relevant course Coordinator and/or their proxy (staff with relevant academic or clinic experience) and for postgraduate students the Director of Clinical and Professional Programs and/or their proxy.
1.16 Course acceptance will be based on the selection team’s ranking and scoring of applicants determined by averaging members’ assessment of academic achievement, referee reports, and/or psychology related work experience and where relevant outcomes of assessment and interview. Students will be offered a place at ISN (over a number of possible selection rounds) dependent on these evaluations of overall suitability for the course and any course quotas that are in place.
1.17 Consideration to interview/assessment is no guarantee of admission into the course.
1.18 Applicants who have applied for the combined sequence offering and were granted an interview/assessment but who were not successful following the interview/assessment for the multiple course offering, may be offered entry into 1.7.1.
1.19 While applicants may be offered a course sequence, progression through this sequence is conditional on meeting minimum entry level expectation for each of the courses undertaken (see section B3 Requirements for Admission).
1.20 The selection team will not deliberate further once a decision has been made.
1.21 Offers for admission will be made over several rounds.
1.22 Should the quota not be filled, a subsequent round for applications will be made. These applicants will be assessed on an ad hoc basis and upon reaching levels considered to be of admission standard (by way of application and interview/assessment if relevant and considerations in 1.16) will be made an offer of admission.
1.23 To be considered for a place in any course, applicants must have completed the necessary prior levels of an APAC accredited sequence of study in psychology.
1.24 Students offered the combined sequence of degrees must maintain the pass grade for all units per semester to remain eligible for automatic entry into the next AQF level, provided entry requirements and GPA’s are met.
A quota will be imposed on specific courses which will be determined by:
- the staff: student ratio as prescribed by Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
• the resources available to service student research and placement offerings.
• the number of equivalent full time (EFT) students currently enrolled in the course.
• the number of available places.
Course quota’s for any given year will be published on the relevant course webpage.
3.1 The ISN selection team will determine minimum standards.
3.2 The team will consist of a mixture of staff (as relevant – see 1.16).
3.3 Competitive Hurdle requirements to enter 4th year (AQF 8) programs are as follows:
For the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) (4th year only) –
3.3.1 Successful completion of an APAC accredited three-year sequence of study (or equivalent) in psychology is required prior to entry into an Honours Program.
3.3.2 A credit grade point average of 60% or higher is expected in the second and third year psychology units of an APAC accredited psychology degree, or equivalent, to qualify for entry to the 4th year.
3.3.3 A Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical calculation, weighted by credit points of the mean of the grades received.
3.3.4 In addition, a yearly intake quota will be administered, and entry from GPA qualifying students will be competitive.
3.3.5 Candidates must meet minimum English language proficiency standards for entry to an AQF level 8 degree. This will require that candidates have achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 60% in an undergraduate APAC accredited psychology degree (or demonstrated English equivalency). For permanent residency students and/or students who have obtained their qualifications from overseas, in addition to providing their Australian Psychological Society (APS) documentation for equivalency, they would need to demonstrate appropriate International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. For AQF Level 8, an overall IELTS minimum of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 is expected.
For the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies [4-year bridging (2 year program)]-
3.3.6 Students will have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in a discipline other than
3.3.7 Students will meet criteria as a domestic student or have overseas qualifications translated into English and deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications by the Australian Education International – National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR).
3.3.8 Students will meet criteria 3.3.5 for English language proficiency standards for entry to an AQF level 8 degree.
3.4 The minimum requirement for entry to an APAC accredited postgraduate course (AQF 9 or higher), is based on academic achievement in an APAC accredited four-year sequence of study in psychology with greatest weighting given to the 4th year (Honours or Graduate Diploma). Students must have completed an APAC accredited 4th year of study and be eligible to register as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) to be considered for entry into an APAC accredited AQF 9 degree (or higher) provided by ISN Psychology.
3.4.1 The minimum academic entry requirement is the completion of an APAC accredited 4th year of study at an average equivalence across units of 70% for AQF 9 (Master Level) and 75% for AQF 10 (Doctoral Level). Entry into an AQF 9 or above course is competitive and requires consideration of academic results, relevant experience and the outcome of interviews/assessments.
3.4.2 Applicants who can demonstrate that they are currently registered as a psychologist and complying with the CPD requirements of the Registration Board will be assessed for academic equivalency based on experience in the field.
3.4.3 Short-listed applicants meeting the academic equivalence criteria will be invited to attend a formal interview/assessment as described in Section 1 Application for Admission and Selection Process above.
3.4.4 Candidates must be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the PsyBA.
3.4.5 Additionally, candidates must meet minimum English language proficiency standards for entry to an AQF level 9 (or higher) course. This will require that candidates have successfully completed a 4th year APAC accredited psychology degree (or demonstrated English equivalency). For permanent residency students and/or students who have obtained their qualifications from overseas, in addition to providing their APS documentation for equivalency, they would need to demonstrate appropriate International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. For postgraduate entry (AQF 9 or higher) an overall minimum of 7.0 with no band less than 7 is expected.
3.4.6 ISN Psychology requires students undertaking an APAC accredited postgraduate course (AQF level 9 or higher) to adhere to a set of personal, professional, ethical and legal obligations. Students must be able to abide by inherent requirements stipulated by ISN Psychology (isn.edu.au) and found at the following website link: https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_require ments_for_master_of_psychology_clinical_psychology
3.5 Upon enrolment into an APAC accredited postgraduate course (AQF level 9 or higher) students will be required to supply proof of submission of the application for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), a current police check and Working with Children’s Check. Documents need to be provided in a timely manner. Proof of provisional PsyBA registration and proof of professional indemnity insurance need to be supplied to ISN Psychology prior to enrolment into the initial placement program unit. ISN has the right to cancel the enrolment of students who do not meet registration requirements. Students are required to maintain provisional registration with the PsyBA through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency throughout the course program, in accordance with APAC’s requirements.