Learn how to assess and treat a range of emotional and behavioural problems, so you can meet your registration requirements to become a psychologist.

  • This program is designed for applicants with an approved bachelor honours degree in psychology (class I or IIA). The application process involves a range of requirements, including an interview – check with the School for details.
  • Courses cover current research and clinical skills to develop your understanding of effective therapeutic practice. You'll study topics including psychopathology, addiction, relationship counselling, gerontology, and more.
  • Receive advanced training in clinical reasoning and psychological research. Your studies include a number of research-focused courses that will develop your insight into the role of evidence in clinical practice.
  • Be confident and job-ready when you spend 1000 hours on supervised placements in a range of healthcare settings. These placements meet the standards set by the Psychology Board of Australia for general registration.

The Master of Clinical Psychology provides the training, skills and knowledge to let you practice competently and confidently in the psychology profession.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ's School of Psychology is the largest school of psychology in Australia, and our academics and staff have made major contributions to the field. The school was ranked 25th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    We offer the largest clinical psychology program in Australia. Fifteen academic staff convene or co-convene different courses within the program, and are also actively involved in clinical practice as well as research.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Practical experience

    Develop an understanding of professional issues and extend your skills in psychological assessment, therapy and report writing in the UQ Psychology Clinic. The clinic is staffed by advanced postgraduate interns, who are supervised by professional psychologists.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The Psychology Students' Association provides plenty of opportunities to study, network, and socialise outside of the classroom. The PSA aims to enhance uni life for psychology students by supporting their personal and professional development.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology can apply for general registration as a psychologist in Australia and are eligible to apply for the Registrar Program through the Psychology Board of Australia.

Graduates typically work in healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals,
  • community and support groups,
  • private practice,
  • government services and health departments,
  • mental health organisations, and
  • health clinics.

Master of Clinical Psychology students are also eligible to apply to complete a PhD concurrently with their degree. The PhD in Clinical Psychology is designed for future researchers and provides more rigorous training, not only in research, but more generally in problem solving and analysis.

  • Why study

    How UQ Psychology is changing the world


  • Students
    "I received a lot of guidance from UQ during my transition from my home country and I have really enjoyed meeting new people here on campus. I find it really fulfilling to be able to apply all the theories I have learnt to real-life cases and I look forward to working as a geriatric psychologist." Zaylea, current MPsychClin student, International Student (Singapore)
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  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Entry requirements


An approved 4-year bachelor degree in psychology (minimum IIA honours) or equivalent 4-year APAC-accredited program.

Applicants must be eligible for provisional or if applicable, full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Applicants with non-Australian degrees must have their qualifications assessed by the APS.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Clinical Psychology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Clinical Psychology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students will undertake 1,000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes not-for-profit organisations, community services, private practices and UQ's internal clinics. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life settings.

Further information about clinical placements is available from the School of Psychology.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Accreditation body

The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Psychology Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

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