MSPS Entry Score Adjustments

MSPS Adjustments for 2020 results

Within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of student equity, the School has considered adjustments to entry score calculations as part of the selection process. The entry requirements outlined below will apply to all applicants that have received relevant results in Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020. The following modifications have been made to ensure that COVID impacts are suitably taken into account in our selection processes and to ensure equity across our different cohorts of applicants.

Current selection formulae

Honours, Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced), Master of Applied Psychology and Master of Professional Psychology*

To calculate your Psychology entry score you will need two values:

  • a = your average score for Level 2 (second  year) psychology subjects
  • b = your average score for Level 3 (third year) psychology subjects

The formula for calculating your entry score is (a + 2b)/3

*Master of Professional Psychology - course and entry requirements is pending final approval by Academic Board

Master of Psychology

To calculate your Psychology entry score you will need two values:

  • a = your average score for Level 3 (third year) psychology subjects
  • b = your average score for Level 4 (fourth year) psychology subjects

The formula for calculating your entry score is (a + 2b)/3

Summary of changes by course

The below changes summarise the changes to the selection formulae. Please refer to the Handbook for the full entry requirements.

  • Honours / Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)

    Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) (GDA-PSYCH) only - see note at the end for Honours courses.

    For applicants with results from the University of Melbourne for subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, the following will apply:

    • A Psychology Benchmark will be established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020.
    • Subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark will be excluded from the entry score calculation.

    The above changes do not apply to yearlong subjects undertaken in 2020; such results will be included in the entry score calculation.*

    In the case that applying this rule results in no eligible Level 2 and Level 3 marks for inclusion, then the Psychology Benchmark will be used as the entry score.

    For external applicants, the benchmark will not apply and we will use numerical scores for all available level 2 and level 3 psychology subjects in the selection formula.

    Pass/fail grades will be excluded from the selection formula (i.e. non-numerical marks).

    In the case that excluding pass/fail subjects from the selection formula leaves either the Level 2 or Level 3 terms in the formula empty, the entry score will be the non-empty term (i.e., average of eligible Level 2 subjects if no Level 3 marks are eligible for inclusion; average of eligible Level 3 subjects if no Level 2 marks are eligible for inclusion).

    Please refer to the Handbook for more information on entry requirements:

    The above changes are pending approval for the following Honours programs. Once confirmed, these will be published in Handbook:

  • Master of Applied Psychology

    For applicants with results from the University of Melbourne for subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, the following will apply:

    • A Psychology Benchmark will be established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020.
    • Subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark will be excluded from the entry score calculation.

    The above changes do not apply to yearlong subjects undertaken in 2020; such results will be included in the entry score calculation.

    In the case that applying this rule results in no eligible Level 2 and Level 3 marks for inclusion, then the Psychology Benchmark will be used as the entry score.

    For external applicants, the benchmark will not apply and we will use numerical scores for all available level 2 and level 3 psychology subjects in the selection formula.

    Pass/fail grades will be excluded from the selection formula (i.e. non-numerical marks).

    In the case that excluding pass/fail subjects from the selection formula leaves either the Level 2 or Level 3 terms in the formula empty, the entry score will be the non-empty term (i.e., average of eligible Level 2 subjects if no Level 3 marks are eligible for inclusion; average of eligible Level 3 subjects if no Level 2 marks are eligible for inclusion).

    Please refer to the Handbook for more information on entry requirements:

  • Master of Psychology

    For applicants with results from the University of Melbourne for subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, the following will apply:

    • A Psychology Benchmark will be established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020.
    • Subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark will be excluded from the entry score calculation.

    The above changes do not apply to yearlong subjects undertaken in 2020; such results will be included in the entry score calculation.

    In the case that applying this rule results in no eligible Level 3 and Level 4 marks for inclusion, then the Psychology Benchmark will be used as the entry score.

    For external applicants, the benchmark will not apply and we will use numerical scores for all available level 3 and level 4 psychology subjects in the selection formula.

    Pass/fail grades will be excluded from the selection formula (i.e. non-numerical marks).

    In the case that excluding pass/fail subjects from the selection formula leaves either the Level 3 or Level 4 terms in the formula empty, the entry score will be the non-empty term (i.e., average of eligible Level 3 subjects if no Level 4 marks are eligible for inclusion; average of eligible Level 4 subjects if no Level 3 marks are eligible for inclusion).

    Please refer to the Handbook for more information on entry requirements:

  • Master of Professional Psychology (course to be launched in 2021)

    The Master of Professional Psychology is set to launch in 2021. The following adjustments to results achieved in 2020 will apply when calculating the entry score.

    For applicants with results from the University of Melbourne for subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, the following will apply:

    • A Psychology Benchmark will be established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020.
    • Subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark will be excluded from the entry score calculation.

    The above changes do not apply to yearlong subjects undertaken in 2020; such results will be included in the entry score calculation.

    In the case that applying this rule results in no eligible Level 2 and Level 3 marks for inclusion, then the Psychology Benchmark will be used as the entry score.

    For external applicants, the benchmark will not apply and we will use numerical scores for all available level 2 and level 3 psychology subjects in the selection formula.

    Pass/fail grades will be excluded from the selection formula (i.e. non-numerical marks).

    In the case that excluding pass/fail subjects from the selection formula leaves either the Level 2 or Level 3 terms in the formula empty, the entry score will be the non-empty term (i.e., average of eligible Level 2 subjects if no Level 3 marks are eligible for inclusion; average of eligible Level 3 subjects if no Level 2 marks are eligible for inclusion).

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I completed my studies before Semester 1 2020 - How do these changes impact my entry score?

    The application of the Psychology Benchmark rule only applies to UOM students who have completed relevant subjects in either Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020. If all relevant subjects were completed outside of these noted semesters, no Psychology Benchmark will be applied. All of relevant subjects will be included in the formula.

  • I am completing/have completed my qualification at another university - what changes apply to me?

    The Psychology Benchmark only applies to University of Melbourne students who have undertaken studies in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020. If you have done your studies elsewhere, it is assumed that appropriate adjustments have been made by your institution to support your studies and mitigate impacts due to COVID-19.

  • I have pass/fail grades on my transcript for relevant subjects – will these be included in my entry score?

    Honours, Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced), Master of Applied Psychology and Master of Professional Psychology*

    The usual entry score formula will still apply to applicants external to the university and we will only use numerical scores for all available level 2 and level 3 psychology subjects in the selection formula i.e. the average of the third year (Level 3) Psychology subjects is assigned twice the weight of the average of the second year (Level 2) Psychology subjects. Subjects that have been graded as pass/fail will not be included in the selection formula (i.e. non-numerical marks).

    *Master of Professional Psychology - course and entry requirements are pending approval by Academic Board

    Master of Psychology

    The usual entry score formula will still apply to applicants external to the university and we will only use numerical scores for all available level 3 and level 4 psychology subjects in the selection formula i.e. the average of the fourth year (Level 4) psychology subjects is assigned twice the weight of the average of the third year (Level 3) psychology subjects. Subjects that have been graded as pass/fail will not be included in the selection formula (i.e. non-numerical marks).

  • All of my Level 2 or Level 3 subjects have been given pass/fail grades – how will this impact my entry score?

    Honours, Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced), Master of Applied Psychology and Master of Professional Psychology*

    Pass/fail grades are excluded from the selection formula (i.e. non-numerical marks). However in the case that excluding pass/fail subjects from the selection formula leaves either the Level 2 or Level 3 terms in the formula empty, the entry score will be the non-empty term (i.e., average of eligible Level 2 subjects if no Level 3 marks are eligible for inclusion; average of eligible Level 3 subjects if no Level 2 marks are eligible for inclusion)

    Worked Example

    Average Level 2 subjects = 80, Average Level 3 subjects = None, all subjects Pass/fail only

    Entry score = 80

    *Master of Professional Psychology - course and entry requirements are pending approval by Academic Board

    Master of Psychology

    Pass/fail grades are excluded from the selection formula. However in the case that excluding pass/fail subjects from the selection formula leaves either the Level 3 or Level 4 terms in the formula empty, the entry score will be the non-empty term (i.e., average of eligible Level 3 subjects if no Level 4 marks are eligible for inclusion; average of eligible Level 4 subjects if no Level 3 marks are eligible for inclusion)

    Worked Example

    Average Level 3 subjects = 80, Average Level 4 subjects = None, all subjects Pass/fail only

    Entry score = 80

  • I am completing/have completed a degree at the University of Melbourne - How do these changes impact my entry score?

    For applicants with results from the University of Melbourne for subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, the following will apply:

    • A Psychology Benchmark will be established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020.
    • Subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark, will be excluded from the entry score calculation.

    Worked Example

    Student Jane is applying for Honours has received the following results:
    If you're unable to view the following table, please view the website on a computer.

    Year 1 results (2018)75NANANA77NANANA
    Year 2 results (2019)7980NANA7881NANA
    Year 3 results (2020)7470NANA8179NANA

    NA – Not a psychology subject, so not included in Psychology Benchmark or in the entry formula

    First, the Psychology Benchmark is established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020 (black numbers in the table):

    Psychology Benchmark: (75 +77 + 79 + 80 + 78 + 81) / 6 = 78

    Next, relevant subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark, are excluded from the entry score calculation.

    For Jane, this means retaining the green marks in the table (as they are equal to or above her Psychology Benchmark of 78) and excluding the red marks from the selection formula (as they are below her Psychology Benchmark).

    Thus, in calculating the entry score, we take the average of Level 2 subjects (because they were done in 2019 and are thus eligible for inclusion) and those Level 3 subjects from 2020 retained on comparison with the Psychology Benchmark.

    Average of Level 2 subjects = (79 + 80 + 78 + 81) / 4 = 79.5

    Average of eligible Level 3 subjects = (81 + 79) / 2 = 80

    Entry score =  ((80 x 2) + 79.5) / 3 = 79.8

  • What if application of the Psychology Benchmark means that none of my Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020 subjects are included in the entry score formula?

    In such a case, you may have an ‘empty term’ in the formula. That is, you may not have eligible subjects for Level 2 or Level 3. In this case, the non-empty term will be used as your entry score.

    Worked Example

    Student Luke has received the following results:
    If you're unable to view the following table, please view the website on a computer.

    Year 1 results (2018)75NANANA77NANANA
    Year 2 results (2019)7980NANA7881NANA
    Year 3 results (2020)7776NANA7570NANA

    NA – Not a psychology subject so not included in Psychology Benchmark

    First, the Psychology Benchmark is established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020 (black numbers in the table):

    Psychology Benchmark: (75 +77 + 79 + 80 + 78 + 81) / 6 = 78

    Next, subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark are excluded from the entry score calculation.

    In Luke’s case, this means that all Level 3 subjects are excluded (red numbers). This creates an ‘empty term’ in the formula. Thus, the non-empty term (in this case the average of Level 2 subjects) is taken as the entry score.

    Average of Level 2 subjects = (79 + 80 + 78 + 81) / 4 = 79.5

    Average of eligible Level 3 subjects = NA; no eligible subjects as all fall below benchmark.

    Average Level 2 subjects = 79.5, Average Level 3 subjects = None, all year 3 results below the Psychology Benchmark

    Entry score = 79.5

  • I am enrolled in the full-time Graduate Diploma in Psychology in 2020 at University of Melbourne - what changes impact my entry score?

    A Psychology Benchmark will be established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020. If you commenced in the 2020 Summer Intake, this means your benchmark will be established based on your 2020 summer results from PSYC90097 Mind, Brain and Behaviour 1 and PSYC90098 Mind, Brain and Behaviour 2.

    Your entry score calculation will then only include subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are greater than or equal to your Psychology Benchmark.

    Worked Example

    Student Molly started the Graduate Diploma in Psychology in Summer 2020 and has received the following results (both Mind, Brain and Behaviour (MBB) subjects were undertaken in Summer):
    If you're unable to view the following table, please view the website on a computer.

    Grad Dip results (2020)MBB1
    79
    MBB2
    77
    Level 2
    81
    Level 2
    70
    Level 2
    77
    Level 2
    82
    Level 2
    89
    Level 3
    72
    Level 3
    78
    Level 3
    78

    First, the Psychology Benchmark is established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020 (black numbers in the table):

    Psychology Benchmark: (79 + 77) / 2 = 78

    Next, subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark are excluded from the entry score calculation.

    For Molly, this means retaining the green marks in the table (as they are equal to or above her Psychology benchmark of 78) and excluding the red marks from the selection formula (as they are below her Psychology benchmark).

    Average of eligible Level 2 subjects = (81 + 82) / 2 = 81.5

    Average of eligible Level 3 subjects = (89 + 78 + 78) / 3 = 81.7

    Entry score =  ( (81.7 x 2) + 81.5 ) / 3 ) = 81.6

  • I am a University of Melbourne student and have received advanced standing for some psychology subjects - How do these changes impact my entry score?

    Numerical results for subjects on the basis of which you received advanced standing will be used in your Psychology Benchmark calculation or in your entry score, with the same eligibility requirements noted above.

    So, if you completed psychology subjects at another institution (and were granted, advanced standing on the basis of such subjects) any time other than in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, then numerical marks for these subjects will be used in your Psychology Benchmark calculation.

    If you completed psychology subjects at another institution (and were granted, advanced standing on the basis of such subjects) during Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, then numerical marks for those subjects will be included or excluded from the entry score calculation by comparison with the Psychology Benchmark.

  • Are yearlong subjects included or excluded from my entry score?

    The above changes do not apply to yearlong subjects undertaken in 2020; such results will be included in the entry score calculation.

  • Questions?

    If you have further questions, you can contact the relevant team by email:

    Honours and Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)

    Email: fourthyear-psych@unimelb.edu.au

    Master of Psychology, Master of Applied Psychology and Master of Professional Psychology

    Email: postgrad-psych@unimelb.edu.au