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Master of Clinical Psychology

Overview

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

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

Clinical psychologists promote optimal levels of psychological functioning to decrease levels of psychological distress. They have expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a broad range of emotional and behavioural problems, including anxiety, depression, stress, substance addiction and abuse, adjustment to physical illness, relationship difficulties and learning disabilities.

This two-year full-time program provides in-depth knowledge and professional skills in clinical psychology through a combination of coursework, supervised practice and research. You'll gain a foundation in the scientific basis and practice of clinical psychology and receive training in clinical practice, which employs evidence-based, best-practice models in health and mental health settings.

You'll develop your skills and apply your knowledge through 1000 hours of supervised clinical placements in a range of organisations including not-for-profit, community service and private practice.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (17 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5164
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$42656 (indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (17 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5164
CRICOS Code
026000G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Be confident and job-ready after you spend 1000 hours on supervised placements in a range of healthcare settings, including the UQ Psychology Clinic.
  • Join the largest school of psychology in Australia, ranked 23rd in the world in 2019.
  • Learn from academics who've made major contributions to the field and are actively involved in clinical practice and research.

23 in the world for psychology

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy
  • Addiction science and practice
  • Applied gerontology
  • Assessment in psychological practice
  • Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Clinical psychopathology

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Mental health clinician
  • Mental health social worker
  • School psychologist
  • Mental health professional

Graduate salary

Psychology (postgraduate)

$69K–$81K

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Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Psychology Board of Australia

Program accreditation

The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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.

Prerequisites

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 language requirements

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.

 

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Irrespective of professional background, entry to the program will be considered on the basis of previous academic study, experience and personal qualities.

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. For further information regarding the reference system including costs, visit www.psychologyreference.org.

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.

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 habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready

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.

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 habs.uq.edu.au/placement-ready

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Clinical Psychology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,656

Indicative annual fee 2020

This 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 (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,684

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

This 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 (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

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

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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