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Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.



No new admissions into this program for 2017.

There is currently no intake into this program

The School of Psychology in conjunction with Joint Health Command, Australian Defence Force (ADF), is offering a program that has been developed to enhance professional skills in the field of Clinical psychology. The Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) will be available to University graduates with an accredited Honours degree in Psychology (or equivalent) working in the ADF. The broad and eclectic Defence environment has created a need for a specialised course which is able to provide Defence psychologists with the necessary skills required for providing health care and organisational support to ADF personnel. Successful graduates will gain a broad understanding of ADF Health Services as well as develop the relevant skills and training relating to mental health promotion and clinical practice. This course is a significant contribution to the clinical upskilling of the ADF mental health workforce. It is designed to satisfy the full requirements of the Psychology Board of Austalia as well as membership to the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.

This program has conditional APAC accreditation and has been endorsed by the APS's College of Clinical Psychologists.

Administrative Structure

The degree is awarded by the University of Adelaide through the Faculty of Health Sciences. Responsibility for the administration of the Program lies with the Head of the School of Psychology in consultation with the Director of Mental Health (Joint Health Command). The Head of the School of Psychology delegates authority for the day-to-day administration of the program to the Program Coordinator (UA). Policy matters relevant to the Master of Clinical Psychology (Defence) program are conducted by the School’s Learning and Teaching Committee.

To be eligible for admittance to the program applicants must be an Australian Defence Force psychologist (including members of the ADF reserves), Commonwealth Department of Defence employed psychologist or a contracted health practitioner (psychologist) in Joint Health Command. Applicants will also be accepted from ADF members who aspire to become psychologists through Defence. 

  • Entry Requirements

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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only.
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    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

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  • Careers

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The program has conditional accreditation through the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and endorsement from the Australian Psychological Society's College of Clinical Psychologists. The School undergoes regular accreditation by APAC, the national psychology accreditation body, which specifies the curriculum and training methods for programs such as this throughout Australia.

    Potential careers

    Clinical Psychologist

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  • Degree Structure

    In the normal pattern of study, candidates enrolled on a full-time basis will complete eight scheduled courses together with four placements and the research project. The research project for the thesis may be commenced at any time during the two years, although (full-time) candidates will formally enrol for it only in the second year. Candidates may wish to consider linking the project to one of the placements. Candidates enrolled for half-time study may spread these commitments over four years.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.


    Example Study Plan

    First Year Core Courses - 7 courses

    Summer Semester

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    Second Year Core Courses - 6 courses

    Semester 1

    Semester 2


    Coursework assessed by practicals, assignments and exams, placements assessed from reports by placement supervisor, and research report examined internally by two markers.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 21 Dec 2016


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