Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

ACAP’s Master of Psychology (Clinical) provides the fifth and sixth year sequence of professional training in psychology required for general registration as a psychologist in Australia. Graduates of this course will be eligible for endorsement as clinical psychologists after completing a further two years of supervised full-time equivalent practice. The program equips graduates with the knowledge, skills, attributes and competencies they need to be able to undertake professional practice in a range of clinical settings with diverse client populations.

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) includes coursework, independent research leading to the submission of a thesis  and practical placements. Students complete a minimum of 1,000 hours of practical/skills training at our on-campus clinic as well as external locations.

This course is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), the body that set the standards for psychology education in Australia.

For more information about how to apply to start this program, view our Online Information Session.

Admission Criteria

Meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of a four year sequence in psychology accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council within the last 10 years, with a minimum grade of second class Honours (2A) AND be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist (which requires you to meet all the requirements for registration), or

  • Currently registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and meet the Board's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

International students: Please note that as part of the registration requirements you must meet the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) "English language skills registration standards". These standards require the demonstration of English language competency in one of a number of specified equivalent ways. One way includes through demonstration of attainment of academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no test score less than 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and no test score in any test component less than 6.5, completed in the last two years in a test setting as specified in the standards.


ACAP’s Master of Psychology (Clinical) is currently available on-campus in Sydney (domestic and international students).

Course Duration and Start Date

2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Trimester: Monday 5 February 2018

What will I learn?

Areas of study include:

  • Counselling, Communication and Culture
  • Psychology, Health and Wellbeing
  • Psychological Assessment for Professional  Psychology

For more information on this course, see the course guide.

Study Modes

On-campus study in Sydney
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

For more information about the units, please refer to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) course sequence.


FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Clinical). If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course. 

Click here for additional information regarding fees. For assistance from our course advisors call 1800 061 199 or email

For international student fees, click here.


The Psychology Study Sequence

It takes 6 years to become eligible to be registered as a psychologist in Australia. The 6 years can be made up of:

  • 6 years of accredited study
  • 5 years of accredited study and 1 year of supervised practice
  • 4 years of accredited study and 2 years of supervised practice

A Career in Psychology

Psychology graduates build careers in areas where knowledge of psychology and well‑developed research and writing skills are valued, such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, juvenile justice, immigration and refugee support services. Some graduates continue their study in psychology with the aim of becoming registered psychologists and others undertake further specialist study for careers in diverse areas such as allied health, teaching, and business.

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Psychologist

Did you know?

  • Employment for psychologists is expected to grow moderately for the period up to 2017-18.
  • ACAP offers the full 6 years psychology sequence, with courses from Bachelor through to Masters level.