Course Structure and Sequence

Course Structure outline Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Title of course of study:

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) course of study consists of 14 core units, accumulating a total course credit point weighting of 96 credit points.

The course is delivered over two years full-time (or part-time equivalent). Reflective of the College’s trimester model, a standard annual full-time enrolment pattern is 8 units in the first year (3 units + 3 units + 2 units) and 6 units in the second year (2 units + 2 units + 2 units).

Consistent with Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) requirements for 5th and 6th year psychology sequence courses the Master of Psychology (Clinical) is structured to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, attributes and competencies to be able to undertake professional practice in a range of clinical settings with diverse client populations. The program also provides the basis for registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA), and for entry to the clinical psychology area of practice registrar program through the Psychology Board of Australian (PsyBA).

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Have advanced knowledge in the theories and models, evidence-base, principles and practice of clinical psychology;
  2. Have knowledge of the ethical, legal and professional frameworks for clinical psychology, and their application;
  3. Be skilled in the principles and practice of psychological assessment, including interviewing, psychological testing, diagnosis, and case formulation;
  4. Be skilled in the planning and conduct of psychological interventions;
  5. Be skilled in the application and implementation of appropriate research methodologies, and the application of the scientist-practitioner model in the practice of clinical psychology;
  6. Be skilled in effective oral and written communication with a wide range of clients and professionals; and
  7. Sensitively apply this knowledge and skills with a diverse range of clients, professionals and organisations.

The structure is as follows 

 

First Year

Total

Number of core psychology units:

8 x 500 level units

6 x 600 level units 

14 core psychology units

Number of elective units:

Nil

 

0 elective units

Total:

14 units

14 units

Content of course of study

Credit points

Core units

First Year – Level 500

First Trimester

 

PSYC5012 Counselling, Communication and Culture

6

PSYC5022 Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

6

PSYC5032 Psychological Assessment for Professional Psychology

6

Second Trimester

PSYC5092 Psychopathology and Interventions: Adulthood and Ageing

6

PSYC5102 Psychopathology and Interventions: Children and Adolescents

6

PSYC5062 Psychology Practice 1: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

6

Third Trimester

PSYC5122 Research Project 1: Research Methodology

6

PSYC5082 Psychology Practice 2: Working with Clients

6

Second Year – Level 600

First Trimester

PSYC6012 Human Neuropsychology and Neuropsychiatric Disorders

6

PSYC6022 Research Project 2

8

Second Trimester

PSYC6042 Research Project 3

8

PSYC6092 Psychology Practice 3: Placement

9

Third Trimester

PSYC6062 Research Project 4

8

PSYC6102 Psychology Practice 4: Placement

9

Elective units

Nil

NA

Specialisations

Not applicable

Course Protocols

To qualify for the award of the Master of Psychology (Clinical), a candidate must satisfactorily complete all required components of the course totaling a minimum of 96 credit points, within the maximum permitted duration for the course.

The maximum permitted duration for the course is 6 years.

Attendance at scheduled classes, supervision and practical/skills training is compulsory. All absences need to be documented in writing with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificates) and brought to the attention of the lecturer or supervisor concerned as soon as possible. Absence from scheduled coursework of two weeks or more in any unit of study must be notified to the Coordinator, Professional Psychology Programs with supporting documentation. Students who are absent from practical/skills training will be required to complete practical work to ensure that they have achieved relevant competencies and meet requirements for hours of clinical training, and this may mean extending the practical/skills training. Students who are unable to attend 90% of classes due to documented illness or misadventure will be required to meet with the unit coordinator to arrange additional work to ensure that they have completed the course content. Students are advised that failure to attend 10% or more of scheduled classes, supervision and practical/skills training without provision of satisfactory supporting documentation will result in a Fail grade for the unit of study.

Rules of Progression

There are no rules of progression for the Master of Psychology (Clinical)  

Pre-requisites for specific psychology core or elective units

  • PSYC5012 Communication, Counselling and Culture is a pre-requisite for all units with a practical component (PSYC5062, PSYC5082, PSYC6032 and PSYC6052).
  • PSYC5062 Psychology Practice 1: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues is a pre-requisite for PSYC5082 Psychology Practice 2: Working with Clients.
  • PSYC5082 Psychology Practice 2: Working with Clients is a pre-requisite for all Level 600 practical units (PSYC6032 and PSYC6052).
  • PSYC5122 Research Project 1: Research Methodology is a pre-requisite for all research training units (PSYC6022, PSYC6042 and PSYC6062).
  • PSYC5012 Communication, Counselling and Culture and PSYC5032 Psychological Assessment for Professional Psychology are pre-requisites for PSYC5092 Psychopathology and Interventions: Adulthood and Ageing, PSYC5102 Psychopathology and Interventions: Children and Adolescents and PSYC6012 Human Neuropsychology and Neuropsychiatric Disorders