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Postgraduate Coursework

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Not available to international students.
UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee
Course duration
2 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
International on campus
International online
Applications accepted through MyNextCourse
Can offers be deferred?
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CDU Course Code


Master of Psychology (Clinical)
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is a professionally-accredited degree that prepares you for a career as a specialist in the health services. It is approved by the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.

Your studies are a combination of coursework, placements, and a thesis to develop and strengthen your skills and knowledge so you are a confident and experienced practitioner ready to make a positive change in your community. Key areas of focus include interviewing and intervention strategies, biological and neuropsychological perspectives on disorders, psychological assessment and therapies, ethics and issues in professional practice, as well as advanced research methods.

After you accept your offer into this course, you must register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a provisional psychologist before the study semester starts.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and is approved by the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.

Credit transfers and pathways

Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


This course is being accredited for delivery in 2021.

Additional information

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is a highly competitive course which has a quota of approximately 15 places each year meaning there are more applicants than places available.

Admission criteria

Successful completion of an APAC accredited four-year sequence in Psychology with either

  • a minimum upper second class Honours (2A) or
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology with a minimum GPA of 6.00.

All applicants are required to provide:

  • 2 referee reports submitted via and
  • a Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter addressing why you are interested in the CDU Course; to be uploaded to your application at the time of submission.

Invitations to attend an interview will be extended to applicants based on a combination of academic performance, CV and references.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


All students enrolled in the program are required to be provisionally registered as a psychologist on commencement of the course.

Prior to commencing clinical practice, all students are required to undergo a 'working with vulnerable people' check, and Australian Federal Police Record Check. Depending on requirement of health departments, some health facilities may request students to present a complete immunisation schedule, and First Aid certificates including CPR. A current Working with Children check may also be required.

Course structure

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is a two-year full time course of 160 credit points comprising 40cp thesis, 30cp clinical placements and 90cp of coursework. It is not currently offered as a part-time course.

  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
(10 units)


Compulsory Core units totalling 130 credit points as per list of units detailed below:

PSY501 Interview and Intervention Strategies
PSY502 Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice
PSY503 Psychological Assessment
PSY504 Biological and Neurological Perspectives on Disorders (available from 2022)
PSY505 Applied Methodology
PSY506 Studies in Psychopathology
PSY512 Psychological Therapies (available from 2022)
PSY511 Clinical Placement 1 (20cp)
PSY513 Clinical Placement 2 (20cp) (available from 2022)
PSY515 Clinical Placement 3 (20cp) (available from 2022)

(3 units)


Research Units totaling 30 credit points selected from the list of available units detailed below:

PSY810 Research Project Plan
PSY811 Thesis 2
PSY821 Research Project (available from 2022)



Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

  • 2022 HE unit offerings and unit fees are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 December 2021.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit P = Placement R = Research Core


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
PSY501 Interview and Intervention Strategies CO PSY505 Applied Methodology CO
PSY502 Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice CO PSY810 Research Project Plan (new unit title from 2021) R
PSY503 Psychological Assessment CO PSY511 Clinical Placement 1 (20cp) P
PSY506 Studies in Psychopathology CO
Year 2
PSY512 Psychological Therapies CO PSY504 Biological and Neurological Perspectives on Disorders (available from 2022) CO
PSY811 Thesis 2 R PSY821 Research Project R
PSY513 Clinical Placement 2 (20cp) P PSY515 Clinical Placement 3 (20cp) P


Course fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2021: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2022: Fees and charges for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies


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Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

Applications to CDU must be submitted online.


The process is simple, all you need is a valid email address to create your online account.


Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.


There is no application fee when you apply online.

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