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Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

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

SATAC Code 3CM086

CRICOS 001449C

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree is the standard preparation program providing professional training and practise in clinical psychology. It consists of three major components: specialised coursework in a series of topics relevant to clinical practice; research thesis; and three long field placements aimed at developing professional competence under the guidance of highly experienced supervisors.

The program involves two years full-time or four years part-time study. The program has two key objectives. The first is to provide thorough theoretical and clinical skills preparation in core areas to meet formal requirements for entry to the profession (as determined by its accrediting bodies). The second is to prepare graduates to accept responsibility for continuing self-monitoring and development, skills that are essential to ongoing employment in the profession.

Entry is available to graduates with a good Honours degree in Psychology comprising of a minimum of Second Class, Division A Honours and an individually-conducted research project carrying 33% or more of the years work. Selection procedures depend on academic results, referee reports and a structured interview conducted by a panel. There is usually very strong competition for the limited number of places available.

Applicants must have qualified for an APAC-accredited Bachelors degree Honours in Psychology, or a program recognised by the University of Adelaide as an equivalent award.

It is a requirement of the Psychology Board of Australia that all students who have studied their high school or undergraduate degrees outside of Australia are required to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7 and achieve the required minimum score in each component. Further details can be found on the AHPRA/Psychology Board website.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM086
    Mid-year entry No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry Applicants must have a four-year qualification in Psychology (including Honours) that meets the standards set out by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. All candidates are required to provide two referee reports, details of relevant work experience and details of any published works. Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and this additional information.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must refer to the School of Psychology website for details regarding submission of additional information. Applicants will also need to provide referee reports via the HoDSPA system, the link to this is provided on the online submission form for additional information.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM086

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 001449C
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    International Qualifications Entry is available to graduates with an Australian Honours Psychology degree or equivalent comprising of a minimum of Second Class, Division A Honours and an individually-conducted research project carrying 33% or more of the years work. Applicants who have an overseas Honours qualification should supply a certified copy of the assessment of their qualifications by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and information about the research component of their qualifications. Students who undertake Honours in Psychology at an accredited onshore Australian university do not need to have their qualifications assessed. Selection procedures depend on academic results, 2 referee reports and a structured interview conducted by a panel. Closing date for applications is 19 October 2015 for 2016 entry.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants will be required to provide contact details for two referees in a supplementary application which will be accessible after the primary application is assessed.

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,250

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Clinical psychologists have specialist training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of major mental illnesses and psychological problems.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Industry Placement

    Three unpaid practicum placements are arranged by and included in the program.

    Professional Accreditation

    The program provides graduates with the tertiary-level education required to be eligible for registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and after a period of supervised registrar practice, membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists and endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia as a clinical psychologist.

    Potential careers

    Clinical Psychologist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    This program commences in late January of the first year of study. Students enrolled in full-time study will complete seven courses of study and one placement during the first year and two further placements and the research project during the second year. The research thesis is in the form of a literature review and a research article of a specified length.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    First Year Core Courses - 8 courses

    Summer Semester

    Semester 1

    Semester 2

    Second Year Core Courses - 4 courses

    Semester 1

    Semester 2


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

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Last updated: Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016