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2 year/s full-time
2 year/s full-time


Semester 1
Onshore - Semester 1
Offshore - No


Casuarina campus
Casuarina campus

Credit points required


Course code



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 advanced standing


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


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.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.


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Why study psychology at CDU?

Gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour and make a positive impact on the lives of other people when you study psychology with us. Becoming a psychologist is only one of many potential careers, with graduates finding a wide variety of roles in government organisations, community services, advertising and marketing, preventative health, and more.

  • #2 Australian uni for undergraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  •  #3 in Australia for psychology starting salaries (GUG 2022)
  • Study on campus or online, full-time or part-time as it suits you


What will I study?

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is a two-year full time course of 160 credit points comprising 30cp thesis, 60cp clinical placements and 70cp of coursework. It is not currently offered as a part-time course.

Course structure

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
(11 units)


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

PSY520 Assessment and Diagnosis: Children and Adolescents
PSY521 Professional Practice and Ethics
PSY522 Assessment and Diagnosis: Adults
PSY523 Clinical Placement 1A
PSY524 Applied Methodologies
PSY525 Psychological Interventions
PSY526 Clinical Placement 1B
PSY527 Advanced Assessment and Therapies A
PSY528 Clinical Placement 2 (20cp)
PSY529 Advanced Assessment and Therapies B
PSY530 Clinical Placement 3 (20cp)

(3 units)


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

PSY810 Thesis 1
PSY811 Thesis 2
PSY821 Thesis 3



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

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
PSY520 Assessment and Diagnosis: Child and Adolescent C PSY524 Applied Methodology C
PSY521 Professional Practice and Ethics C PSY525 Psychological Interventions C
PSY522 Assessment and Diagnosis: Adult C PSY526 Clinical Placement 1B C
PSY523 Clinical Placement 1A C PSY810 Thesis 1 R
Year 2
PSY527 Advanced Assessment and Therapies A C PSY529 Advanced Assessment and Therapies B C
PSY528 Clinical Placement 2 (20cp) C PSY530 Clinical Placement 3 (20cp) C
PSY811 Thesis 2 R PSY821 Thesis 3 R

Entry requirements


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

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.

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:


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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

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

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Psychology, Health

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)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC, NSW or TAS.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Casuarina campus

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