Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Australian Catholic University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree at ACU is a two year postgraduate course consisting of academic coursework, practical training in assessment, diagnosis and intervention, and completion of a research project.Successful completion of the course allows registration as a general psychologist and upon completion of an additional period of supervised practice, for area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology with The Psychology Board of Australia.Combined Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Doctor of Philosophy:ACU also offers the Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy which combines professional training within clinical psychology with a research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).Students interested in this combined degree must first apply for and complete one year of the Master of Psychology (Clinical). During this year they should consult with their course coordinator to determine their eligibility for the combined degree.Determination of students who meet the requirements to enrol in the combined Master/PhD program, and who will be offered a place, will be the responsibility of the course coordinator in collaboration with the Head of School and ACU Candidature Services.

Designed for

Psychology graduates

Structure

160 credit points. Students must complete 1000 hours of practicum placement in clinical settings with at least 400 hours of face-to-face client contact.During the course, students complete three practicum placements. The first practicum usually occurs in the on-campus training clinic. During this placement students gain experience in assessment, diagnosis and therapy under close individual and group supervision conducted by experienced psychologists. Students must be supervised by a psychologist who is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. During the second year of the course, most students complete two six-month external placements, again under supervision by a fully endorsed Clinical psychologist. Practicum options include placements in health care, community mental health teams, non-governmental and private practice settings.

Subjects

  • Psychology
  • Psychology (clinical)

Standard entry requirements

  • To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:a Bachelor degree with honours in an accredited Psychology course with minimum of IIA Honours completed in the last 10 years
  • Or a Bachelor degree with accredited four year major study in Psychology completed in the last 10 years
  • OR a Bachelor degree with accredited three year major study in Psychology and satisfactory completion of an additional year of accredited study in psychology, or equivalent, with an overall mark equivalent to IIA Honours completed in the last 10 years
  • Or qualifications and experience assessed as equivalent by the selection committee
  • AND demonstrated suitability to undertake the course as evidenced by satisfactory: academic referee report
  • Professional referee report
  • And for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee
  • AND be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist.*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

Recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) on the Strathfield and Melbourne campuses and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Study pathways

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs within ACU.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No
  • Full-time : 2 years
  • Part-time : 4 years

Further information

Graduates will be well-prepared for work as practitioner psychologists or skilled researchers who work with individuals, families, groups and organisations in a range of institutions and agencies providing psychological and mental health services. Clinical psychologists often work in hospitals, health care centres, community mental health teams, private practice, or academic settings.

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