The Master of Psychology (Clinical) prepares you for your career as a specialist in the health services.
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 AHPRA as a provisional psychologist before the study semester starts.
Graduating from this course will prepare you with the skills and knowledge to move into various psychology-related fields in government, private companies, non-government organisations and community groups.
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 & 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
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.
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This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.
Australian qualification framework
This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.
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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.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points:
PSY501 Interview and Intervention Strategies
|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.
Course Changes - 2016
Unit Code Changes
|Previous Unit Code||New Unit Code (2016)||Unit Title|
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|
|PSY501 Interview and Intervention Strategies||CO||PSY505 Applied Methodology||R|
|PSY502 Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice||CO||PSY506 Studies in Psychopathology||CO|
|PSY503 Psychological Assessment||CO||PSY507 Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1||P|
|PSY504 Biological and Neurological Perspectives on Disorders||CO||PSY810 Thesis 1||R|
|PSY601 Advanced Clinical Assessment||CO||PSY604 Advanced Clinical Practice||CO|
|PSY602 Psychological Therapies||CO||PSY605 Clinical Placement 3||P|
|PSY603 Clinical Placement 2||P||PSY820 Thesis 3 (20cp)||R|
|PSY811 Thesis 2||R|
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