Master of Psychology (Clinical)

  • Gain Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists
  • Undertake supervised practicum placements in a range of settings
  • Extend your knowledge and research a topic of interest

Program title: Master of Psychology (Clinical) (Program code: AR703)
Award abbreviation: MPsych(Clin)
Duration: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Commence: Semester 1 only
Study mode: on campus
Fee type 2014: Commonwealth supported places, International fee-paying places, Postgraduate coursework places
Total courses: 16
CRICOS code: 070701B Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa.

Gain registration to practice 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.

Accreditation

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.

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Study Plan

This Study Plan is valid from Study Period 1, 2011.

For students who commenced study in this program prior to Study Period 1, 2011:

  • Find the Student Handbook for the semester in which you commenced.
  • Select the program in which you are enrolled.
  • Scroll down to your relevant Program Structure.
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.
Year 1
Required courses: (8)

CourseUsual teaching session of offerRequisitesUnits
PSY700 Advanced and Transcultural CounsellingSemester 1Pre: Enrolled in AR703, XP601 or UP601 12.00
PSY701 Advanced Psychological Assessment and ReportingSemester 1Pre: Enrolled in Program AR703, XP601 or UP601 12.00
PSY702 Clinical Psychological Practice 1Semester 1Pre: Enrolled in Program AR703 12.00
PSY703 Practicum Placement 1Semester 1Co: PSY700 and PSY701 and PSY702 12.00
PSY704 Advanced Research Design and MethodsSemester 2Pre: Enrolled in Program AR703, XP601 or UP601 12.00
PSY705 Clinical Psychological Practice 2Semester 2Pre: PSY702 and enrolled in Program AR703, XP601 or UP601 12.00
PSY706 Practicum Placement 2Semester 2Pre: PSY700 and PSY701 and PSY702 and PSY703 and enrolled in Program AR703
Co: PSY705
12.00
PSY707 Research Project 1Semester 2Pre: Enrolled in AR703, XP601 or UP601
Co: PSY704
12.00

Year 2
Required courses: (8)

CourseUsual teaching session of offerRequisitesUnits
PSY750 Ethical Professional Practice of PsychologySemester 1Pre: Enrolled in AR703, XP601 or UP601 12.00
PSY751 Clinical Psychological Practice 3Semester 1Pre: PSY706 12.00
PSY752 Practicum Placement 3Semester 1Pre: PSY700 and PSY701 and PSY702 and PSY703 and PSY705 and PSY706
Co: PSY751 and PSY750
12.00
PSY753 Research Project 2Semester 1Pre: PSY704 and PSY707 12.00
PSY754 Clinical Health Psychology and PsychopharmacologySemester 2Pre: Enrolled in AR703, XP601 or UP601 12.00
PSY755 Research Project 3Semester 2Pre: PSY704 and PSY707 and PSY753 and enrolled in Program AR703, XP601 or UP601
Co: PSY756
12.00
PSY756 Research Project 4Semester 2Pre: PSY704 and PSY707 and PSY753 and enrolled in Program AR703, XP601 or UP601
Co: PSY755
12.00
PSY757 Practicum Placement 4Semester 2Pre: PSY703 and PSY706 and PSY752 and enrolled in Program AR703, XP601 or UP601 12.00

TOTAL UNITS 192

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  • Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines, and complete the appropriate application forms, if required
  • To submit your application, refer to postgraduate applications
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To be eligible for admission as a domestic student to a postgraduate program at the University of the Sunshine Coast, an applicant needs to: 

  • have completed a bachelor degree from an Australian higher education institution or recognised equivalent. In addition, programs may have additional requirements including:
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As a USC student, you will need to refer to your study plan to enrol in the appropriate courses each semester or session.

Find out more about how to enrol or follow these steps:

  1. Check the open enrolment dates and the academic calendar for key dates
  2. Refer to your Study Plan to plan your courses for the study period
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  5. Register your major or minor with your faculty (if applicable)
  6. Apply for credit transfer or cross-institutional study (if applicable)
  7. Pay required study fees by the fee due date
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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.