Master of Psychology (Clinical)

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Master of Psychology (Clinical)


This program is offered at USC Thompson Institute

Program summary

Gain the qualification you need to become a psychologist.

APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited courseThe Master of Psychology (Clinical) trains psychology graduates in clinical psychology to meet the requirements for registration to practise as psychologists.

The program has three major components—coursework in professional and clinical psychology, supervised practicum placements, and a research project and thesis. Coursework delivery is via a combination of lectures, seminars, practical exercises, written assignments, and skills demonstration and practice.

Practicum placements involve you working as a provisional psychologist, under appropriate supervision, in a range of settings beginning in the University’s Psychology Clinic. Your work is assessed through written reports, case presentations, professional portfolios and observation by supervisors and the course coordinator.

The research project involves a review of relevant literature leading to a research question, design and conduct of an appropriate study, data collection and analysis, and preparation of a thesis consisting of the literature review and a report of the research study. The thesis is assessed by independent examination. Visit Study Psychology for more information.

USC’s postgraduate psychology programs are taught at the Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute. A hub for mental health research, teaching and clinical services, this world-class facility is located at Birtinya, minutes from the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. The Institute’s focus is to address mental health issues in the community, particularly those affecting our youth, adolescents and older community members.


Accredited by The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by The Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists as a fifth and sixth year program in Psychology, graduates of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) are eligible to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for general registration.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists.

Admission requirements

The entry requirements for admission to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) are:

  1. Successful completion of an APAC accredited four-year degree or fourth year in Psychology in the last 10 years.
  2. An upper second class Honours (2A) OR psychologists with demonstrated equivalent experience and compliance with PsyBA CPD requirements.
  3. Applicants must have general registration or be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  4. Offer of a quota place.

The selection process involves an interview with clinical members of the discipline of Psychology.

Refer also to the University's English language proficiency requirements.

Application and admission advice

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Admission requirements

What will I study

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses)
  • Most courses are valued at 12 units unless otherwise specified
  • This program consists of the three major required components, as follows:
    • 50 percent coursework (8 courses)
    • 25 percent research project and thesis (4 courses), and
    • 25 percent Practicum placements (4 courses)
  • Students will undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of practicum placement in total across the 4 practicum placement courses
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student visa

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download the Application for postgraduate coursework form and relevant additional forms listed.
  2. Lodge the completed application forms directly to USC, with supporting documentation to the addressee stated on each form by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Enrolling for 2017

Enrolling is a 2 step process.

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for the full year (Study periods 1 and 2). This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

If you enrol in your courses on time you have the advantage of selecting your class times earlier than those who don't (Step 2). View Key dates below.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. Once the timetable has been released in January 2017 you can use the Timetable Planner to plan your class times.

You will be notified when class selection opens for the relevant study period and provided with instructions on how to complete Step 2. See Key dates below.

Enrolling for Session 7, 8 (Summer) and Trimester 3, 2016

Use the Timetable Planner to plan your class times.

Then, enrol in your courses and select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF guide (565KB).

To enrol in courses in 2017 (Study periods 1 and 2) follow the Enrolling for 2017 instructions below.

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key session/trimester dates.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Please note: USC will complete the enrolment for:

  • Headstart students
  • Honours students (excluding Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) students)
  • Cross-institutional and visiting students
  • Higher Degree by Research students
Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Key dates

Date Study term Enrolment stage
22 August 2016 Session 8 (Summer), Trimester 3, 2016 Timetable released 
5 September 2016 Session 8 (Summer), Trimester 3, 2016 Enrolments open 
10 October 2016 Semester 1 and 2, Sessions 1-7, Trimester 1 and 2, 2017  Course enrolments open
30 October 2016 Semester 1, Sessions 1-4, Trimester 1, 2017 

On-time course enrolments close

5 December 2016 Session 1, 2017 Timetable released 
12 December 2016 Session 1, 2017 Class selection opens 
16 January 2017 Semester 1, Sessions 2-4, Trimester 1, 2017  Timetable released 
24 January 2017 Semester 1, Sessions 2-4, Trimester 1, 2017  Class selection opens at 9am for students who enrolled in courses by 30 October 2016 
25 January 2017 Semester 1, Sessions 2-4, Trimester 1, 2017  Class selection opens at 9am for students who enrolled in courses after 30 October 2016 


Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

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