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Master of Psychology (Clinical)

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Degree Name:

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Degree Code:


Level of Qualification:



2 years full time or part time equivalent study^

Number of Units:

14 Units of Study (96 credits)

Study Load:

2 or 3 units per trimester, full time
1 or 2 units per trimester, part time

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On campus – Sydney

Student Placement:

1000 hours in total

Award Title:

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Cricos Code:


^ Maximum permitted duration 6 years, subject to regulatory or professional association requirements. 


The aim of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program is to equip 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 Master of Psychology (Clinical) has been developed in alignment with Psychological Sciences’ educational philosophy that aims to provide students with comprehensive evidence-based theoretical and practical learning and with close reference to the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Rules for Accreditation and Accreditation Standards for Psychology Courses (January 2019 Standards) and the Psychology Board of Australian General Registration Standard.

The program is based on the scientist-practitioner model that integrates knowledge of the discipline of psychology, psychological research, professional training, and professional practice. It is designed to develop skills in observation and in formulating hypotheses that can be empirically examined, and in selecting and evaluating clinical assessments and interventions that are based on defensible theoretical perspectives and informed by evidence of effectiveness. The hypothetico-deductive approach is applied to critically evaluating evidence from the literature, to conducting independent research, and to working with clients. Professional psychologists are held to high standards of ethical practice requiring:

a) a knowledge of evidence-based interventions and assessment tools

b) awareness of relevant legislation

c) adherence to professional standards and codes of conduct

d) ability to objectively evaluate and reflect on professional work.

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) profiles these essential elements of professional practice throughout the program, aiming to develop life-long professional practice of personal and shared reflection through supervision and peer consultation.

Professional psychology is a dynamic field, and as well as equipping graduates with skills in using well-established paradigms and approaches, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, the program aims to develop skills for critically evaluating new approaches and methodologies to support lifelong professional development.

Professional psychologists practice in work environments where changes in health and social policy impact on professional practice. The program seeks to equip graduates with skills for understanding and responding to the broad policy and legislative frameworks that impact on professional practice. Professional psychology is an intrinsically collaborative and interactive field, and the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program seeks to develop skills for practicing within a multidisciplinary model of service provision.

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) has been developed in alignment with Psychological Sciences’ educational philosophy that aims to provide students with comprehensive evidenced-based theoretical and practical learning. The course has an explicit focus on: diversity and inclusive practice; multidisciplinary service provision and psychology practice; the impact of health and social policy on psychological practice.The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, supervised practice and individual supervision.

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) was developed with close reference to the following:

(1) Australian Psychology Accreditation Council Rules for Accreditation and Accreditation Standards for Psychology Courses June 2010

(2) Psychology Board of Australia General Registration Standard

(3) Australian Psychological Society (APS) College Course Approval Guidelines for Postgraduate Professional Courses (2013)

(4) Psychology Board of Australia Guidelines on Area of Practice Endorsement

Graduate Attributes

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) prepares graduates with eight core professional psychology capabilities:

(1)  understanding the discipline of psychology;

(2)  ethical, legal and professional aspects of psychology practice;

(3)  psychological assessment and measurement;

(4)  psychological intervention strategies;

(5)  research and evaluation for psychology practice;

(6)  communication and interpersonal skills for psychology practice;

(7)  psychology practice in a cross-cultural context;

(8)  psychology practice across the lifespan.

In addition, graduates of the MPsych(Clin) study specialist areas of clinical psychology and graduates will be prepared:

(1)  to work across a variety of clinical settings;

(2)  to evaluate and treat people experiencing or being affected by mental health problems, mental disorder and mental   illness;

(3)  to contribute to the development of the profession;

(4)  to select and use evidence-based procedures and techniques and to critically evaluate their own clinical practice as well as research evidence.

(5) to undertake doctoral level research degrees in psychology.

Pathways to Future Study

Graduates of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) are able to apply for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and, with an additional two years of supervised practice, may be endorsed as clinical psychologists. 

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