Structure of the Master of Psychology (Clinical)
The MPsych(Clin) is a 5th and 6th year of professional study in psychology that builds on knowledge and skills acquired through an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council-accredited four-year undergraduate sequence and that includes coursework, independent research and practical placements.
The MPsych(Clin) requires the completion of 16 units (48 credit points in total). The units are coursework (seven units), practica/skills training (four units), supervised research (four units) and combined coursework and practica/skills training (one unit).
MPsych(Clin) 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.
The usual duration of the course is 6 trimesters full-time (or part-time equivalent).
The units are sequenced to promote skill development, and the standard, full-time sequence of study for each program is presented below. Students who complete the courses part-time must also follow an approved study sequence.
The MPsych(Clin) 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 and Psychology Board of Australia Guidelines on Area of Practice Endorsements
3. Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists Course Approval Guidelines (2006) and (2010)