Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
084338A
Location:
  • Melbourne
  • Strathfield
Duration:

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

International applications close 30 September 2019.

Domestic application early closing date is 31 October 2019.

Description

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.

Course duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Campus availability

  • Melbourne (Attendance)
  • Strathfield (Attendance)

Study mode definitions

Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.

Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).

Online: Fully online (including assessments).

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Credit Points

160

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Melbourne
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer
Strathfield
  • Semester 1 - February
  • Semester 2 - Not on offer

Course costs

  • Average first year fee: $6680 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences to commence studying in 2015 and until further notice. Conditions apply.

Essential requirements for admission

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

    1. a Bachelor degree with honours in an accredited Psychology course with minimum of IIA Honours completed in the last 10 years; or
    2. a Bachelor degree with accredited four year major study in Psychology completed in the last 10 years;
      OR
    1. 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
    2. qualifications and experience assessed as equivalent by the selection committee;
      AND
  1. demonstrated suitability to undertake the course as evidenced by satisfactory:
    1. academic referee report;
    2. professional referee report; and
    3. for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee;
      AND
  2. be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

The number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and selection is highly competitive. Applicants who are unsuccessful in securing a CSP offer may still be offered a place in the course as a fee-paying student. These details will be discussed during the interview process.

Melbourne, Victoria
Apply through ACU
Sydney (Strathfield), NSW
Apply through ACU

Career paths

Graduates will be well-prepared for work as practitioner psychologists and 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.

Professional experience

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.

Professional 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. This course is undergoing a scheduled re-assessment of its accreditation status in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

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.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Please note that Inherent Requirements, i.e. the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to completed this course that need to be met by all students, have been developed for this course. For further information please visit the Inherent Requirements for Psychology courses webpage.

Students are required to obtain provisional registration as a psychologist prior to commencing the course, and to have completed a Working With Children check and appropriate police checks before they are able complete practicum units.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

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

More course information

Applications to study individual units within this degree must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

This course is available as a combined degree with the Doctor of Philosophy, subject to the student meeting PhD admission criteria.

Contacts for future students

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Description

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.

Course duration

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Start dates and campus availability

Melbourne
  • 15-Feb-2021
Strathfield
  • 15-Feb-2021

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Credit Points

160

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3387.00 (2021)
  • Average first year fee: $27096.00 (2021)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $54192.00 (2021)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Essential requirements for admission

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

    1. a Bachelor degree with honours in accredited psychology course with minimum of IIA honours completed in the last 10 years; OR
    2. a Bachelor degree with accredited four year major study in psychology completed in the last 10 years;

    OR
    1. 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; OR
    2. qualifications and experience assessed as equivalent by the selection committee;

    AND
  1. demonstrated suitability to undertake the course as evidenced by satisfactory:
    1. academic referee report;
    2. professional referee report; AND
      for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee;

    AND
  2. be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist.

If the Bachelor degree was completed outside of Australia, applicants must seek an ‘Assessment of Overseas Qualifications’ from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) to confirm that it is equivalent to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three-year sequence in psychology. Evidence of this must be submitted with the application.

Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Entry is on a competitive basis. All applicants are ranked in October the year prior to admission before being considered for an offer in early December.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Career paths

Graduates will be well-prepared for work as practitioner psychologists and 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.

Professional experience

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.

Professional 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. This course is undergoing a scheduled re-assessment of its accreditation status in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

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.

Other prerequisites to undertaking this course

Please note that Inherent Requirements, i.e. the abilities, knowledge and skills needed to completed this course that need to be met by all students, have been developed for this course. For further information please visit the Inherent Requirements for Psychology courses webpage.

Students are required to obtain provisional registration as a psychologist prior to commencing the course, and to have completed a Working With Children check and appropriate police checks before they are able complete practicum units.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Pathways to further study

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

More course information

Applications to study individual units within this degree must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

This course is available as a combined degree with the Doctor of Philosophy, subject to the student meeting PhD admission criteria.

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