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Master of  Clinical Psychology

Program code: 5164

Delivery location

St Lucia


2 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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 27th in the world in the 2018 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 (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

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.

Learn more about the admissions process

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, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Master of Clinical Psychology are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An “indicative annual fee” is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Master of Clinical Psychology. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

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


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Clinical Psychology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

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

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Additional application information

Detailed application requirements can be found on the School of Psychology website. Applicants must submit via the Online Application a Psychology Additional Information form, academic transcripts, and CV. In addition, three references will need to be submitted using the Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System which requires an active subscription at a cost of $25. For further information regarding the reference system, visit

Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview. There are limited places available for this program. A limited number of places are available for suitably qualified applicants on the basis of equity and students identifying as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply.

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 this must be maintained for the duration of the program.

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.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

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 - September 30 of the previous year.

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

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