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Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

The Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program prepares students for professional practice and for clinical registration endorsement. This Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited program has also been approved by The Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists. All teaching staff are experienced clinicians who are committed to advancing the field of psychology through their own work and their interaction with students.

Students participate in supervised work placements and undertake qualitative or quantitative research into aspects of psychological interventions, such as the therapeutic process, experiences of clients and therapists, change processes, differing presenting issues and studies of treatment outcomes. Students also undertake course work units comprising of advanced study which is central to the practice of clinical psychology, as well as units of professional skills development and training.

Location: Hawthorn East Intake: Semester 1 each year
Delivery:  Full Time Only Fees:  Fee information can be found here
Duration: 2 Years FEE-HELP: Yes
CRICOS Course Code: 092972G Course Code: PY091
Course Duration and Structure

This two year full time program consists of 200 credit points. Students undertake a total of 15 units of study consisting of eight coursework units (100 credit points or 50%), four placement units (50 credit points or 25%) and four research units (50 credit points or 25%).

Year One
MPLc1 Clinical Placement Intensive Workshops
MPE1 Professional Practice and Professional Ethics
MRP1 Research Project A
MDT1 Psychological Assessment, Diagnostic Testing and Interview Competencies
MPLc2 Supervised Clinical Placement B
MCB1 Cognitive-Behavioural Processes and Interventions
MPM1 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Intervention
MRP2 Research Project B
Year Two
Supervised Clinical Placement C
MHP1 Health Psychology
MSC1 Adult Psychopathology and Intervention
MRP3 Research Project C
MIP1 Interpersonal Processes and Communication Skills
MPLc4 Supervised Clinical Placement D
MPP1 Psychodynamic Therapy
MRP4 Research Project D
Admission Criteria
  • Applicants accepted into the program must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC accredited sequence in psychology within the last ten years with a minimum of an upper second class honours (75%) overall mark.
  • Students must be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist.
  • An order-of-merit for entry will be prepared taking into account (a) academic record, (b) previous work experience and training, and (c) academic and professional referees’ reports.

For entry into the course, students are required to submit an application through the Apply Now page, with certified or original scanned copies of the following supporting documentation:

  • Most recent academic transcripts
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A 500 word personal statement outlining what factors have contributed to the application
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate)
  • Two academic and one professional reference using the online HODSPA reference system. A guide on how to use the system is available here.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview with members of the School Teaching Faculty. Potential students will also have the opportunity to pose any questions they have about the proposed course of study at the interview.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students applying for this program may enter into a process in which they may be granted credit or partial credit towards the qualification in recognition of previous experience where an equivalence of earlier learning can be established. Credit transfer for an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) course, is only applicable for recently completed APAC accredited postgraduate programs. Credit or partial credit is not granted in recognition of knowledge or skills gained through work or life experience.

The granting of credit for placements on the basis of previous experience gained as a registered psychologist is not permitted by APAC.

Graduate Learning Outcomes
  • Capable in their chosen professional area.
  • Obtain the theoretical knowledge, specialist clinical skills, and qualifications to practice as a clinical psychologist.
  • Gain the clinical skills to assess, diagnosis, and treat, various mental illnesses and conditions.
  • Ability to conduct evidence based interventions with individuals, children, adolescents, families and groups.
  • Gain the professional competencies required to conduct a range of psychometric assessments.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills to conduct applied research and evaluate programs in the discipline and practice of clinical psychology.
  • Acquire the skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts, and theories in clinical psychological practice.
Career Opportunities

Graduates may gain employment in community mental health centres, psychiatric hospital settings, specialist services for particular clinical groups, schools, post-secondary education, clinical rehabilitation services and private practice.

Professional Recognition

On completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to apply for:

  • Recognition by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychology Registrar.
  • Full membership of The Australian Psychological Society (APS), and associate membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

On completion of two years of further supervised experience in the registrar program, graduates will be eligible to:

  • Be registered as holding an endorsement in clinical psychology.
  • Be eligible to be registered as a specialist clinical psychology practitioner with Medicare Australia.