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
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.
The 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.
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.
Graduates are eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society’s College of Clinical Psychologists.
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.
Required courses (16)
PSY700 Advanced and Transcultural Counselling
PSY701 Advanced Psychological Assessment and Reporting
PSY702 Clinical Psychological Practice 1
PSY703 Practicum Placement 1
PSY704 Advanced Research Design and Methods
PSY705 Clinical Psychological Practice 2
PSY706 Practicum Placement 2
PSY707 Research Project 1
PSY750 Ethical Professional Practice of Psychology
PSY751 Clinical Psychological Practice 3
PSY752 Practicum Placement 3
PSY753 Research Project 2
PSY754 Clinical Health Psychology and Psychopharmacology
PSY755 Research Project 3
PSY756 Research Project 4
PSY757 Practicum Placement 4
TOTAL UNITS 192
How to apply for a postgraduate program
- Confirm that you meet the postgraduate admission requirements below.
- Once you have decided on your degree, check the semester of offer on the program summary
- 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
Where can I ask more questions?
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Am I eligible for admission to a postgraduate program?
USC makes admission offers for postgraduate programs to applicants who are judged to have a reasonable expectation of success in the program to which they are made an offer, in accordance with the Admissions, Enrolment and Graduation – Academic Policy.
International applicants must meet specific entry requirements and apply directly to USC International.
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:
- some prior study in a particular area
- a minimum GPA in undergraduate study
- particular work or professional experience
- professional standing / recognition in, or membership of, a professional body
- With Graduate Certificate programs, alternative entry criteria may be specified such as:
- formal study undertaken for awards at the sub-degree level;
- programs provided by recognised professional bodies, employers and other authorities;
- relevant professional registration or vocational experience; and
- demonstrable expertise.
- Have satisfied the English language proficiency requirements. If English is not your first language, you need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program.
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
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.
It may be useful to use the Program Planner (PDF 283KB) * to plan your degree and Student Timetable Planner Semester 2, 2014 (PDF 356KB) * 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.
* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.
The entry requirements for admission to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) are:
- Successful completion of an APAC accredited four-year degree or fourth year in Psychology.
- Normally a minimum GPA of 6.0 in fourth year Psychology units or demonstrated equivalent experience in the successful practice of the profession.
- Applicants must have general registration or be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
- 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.