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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
Not Available
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
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CDU Reference
CDU Course Code


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

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.

Career opportunities

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.

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 & 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 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.

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)

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.

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
(15 units)


Compulsory Core units totalling 160 credit points:

PSY501 Interview and Intervention Strategies
PSY502 Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice
PSY503 Psychological Assessment
PSY504 Biological and Neurological Perspectives on Disorders
PSY505 Applied Methodology
PSY506 Studies in Psychopathology
PSY507 Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1
PSY601 Advanced Clinical Assessment (not offered 2018)
PSY602 Psychological Therapies (not offered 2018)
PSY603 Clinical Placement 2 (not offered 2018)
PSY604 Advanced Clinical Practice (not offered 2018)
PSY605 Clinical Placement 3 (not offered 2018)
PSY810 Thesis 1 (recoded from PSY510 2016)
PSY811 Thesis 2 (recoded from PSY610 2016)
PSY820 Thesis 3 (20cp) (recoded from PSY620 2016)



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
PSY510 PSY810 Thesis 1 
PSY610 PSY811 Thesis 2
PSY620 PSY820 Thesis 3

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

Study Plan adjusted 21 July 2020 - PSY507 moved from S2 Year 1 to S1 Year 2 and PSY811 moved from S1 Year 2 to S2 Year 1.

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
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 PSY810 Thesis 1 R
PSY504 Biological and Neurological Perspectives on Disorders CO PSY811 Thesis 2 R
Year 2
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
PSY507 Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1 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.

Domestic students - postgraduate studies


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

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for international students

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There is no application fee when you apply online.

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