Master of Psychology (Clinical)

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Master of Psychology (Clinical)


Program summary

Gain registration to practise as 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.

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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 (PBA) 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.
  2. Normally a minimum GPA of 6.0 in fourth year Psychology units or demonstrated equivalent experience in the successful practice of the profession.
  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

Contact Student Central

Program coordinator

Professor Mary Katsikitis
Tel: +61 7 5456 5034

What will I study

Program requirements and notes
  • Students are required to successfully complete the 16 required courses as listed below.
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48 unit points per semester (normally 4 courses).
  • 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

If you have questions about domestic applications and admissions:

International students should contact USC International

If you have questions about your program:

How to enrol

New 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 classes.

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
Current students

Information on how to enrol is contained in tutorial videos in the USC Central Guide.

Your study load can be varied between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in a study period. Your Study Plan in USC Central will guide you with choosing your courses, or alternatively contact your faculty office for advice.

Refer to the timetable for class information and the Academic Calendar for key semester / trimester / session dates.

It may be useful to use the Program Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree and Student Timetable Planner Semester 1, 2015 (PDF 147KB) * to plan your classes for the semester / trimester / session.

Confirm your enrolment

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

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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