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Master of  Clinical Psychology

Program code: 5164
CRICOS code: 026000G


St Lucia


2 Years full-time


Semester 1 (17 Feb, 2020)

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.
  • Undertake courses covering 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 will include a number of research-focused courses designed to develop your insight into the role of evidence in clinical practice.
  • Be confident and job-ready after 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 23rd in the world in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    We offer the largest clinical psychology program in Australia. 15 academic staff convene or co-convene different courses within the program, and are also actively involved in clinical practice and 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 typically work in healthcare settings, such as:

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

  • Why study

    How UQ Psychology is changing the world


  • Students
    "I have been overcome by the friendliness of the staff, the beauty of the campus, and, most importantly, the composition of the Master of Clinical Psychology program. I really enjoy the practical exercises we do in class, such as role play and group discussion. This not only allows me to practise my skills, but I also get the chance to learn from my peers." Tatiana, Master of Clinical Psychology student, Italy


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (17 Feb, 2020)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria


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.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Clinical Psychology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

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.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,656
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Clinical Psychology for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Psychology Board of Australia Registration (approx total for 2 years $1000)


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Clinical Psychology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Clinical Psychology is 5164. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Applicants must submit the Psychology Additional Information form, academic transcripts, CV and nominate three referees^. Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview.

^ References must be: your honours supervisor, another academic staff member and a third person who knows you well. Referees cannot be provided by a near relative or close associate. Examples of near relatives are partner, child, sibling and parents. Examples of close associates are close friends, neighbours and children of colleagues.

All successful applicants are required to apply for and gain provisional registration or if applicable, full registration, with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes the Board's English Language Proficiency requirements. Students must have registration prior to commencing their study and must be maintained for the duration of the program.

Before commencing placement courses you must obtain, and thereafter hold for the duration of the program, a current Blue Card. You may also be required to provide evidence that you do not carry blood-borne transmissible viruses or tuberculosis (TB) and comply with a schedule of immunisations. See

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Clinical Psychology is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - August 31 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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