Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Help your community function and flourish

Our Master of Psychology (Clinical) provides the knowledge and skills needed to practise as a registered psychologist.

Clinical psychologists work with clients with high and low prevalent mental health issues—from anxiety and depression to disability and relationship challenges. 

What will you do?

  • Benefit from our strong links with a professional community of clinical practitioners.
  • Undertake three clinical placements totalling over 1000 hours.
  • Enjoy small class sizes and face-to-face teaching.
  • Hone listening, empathy and interviewing skills.
  • Network with future employers in mental health and health care settings.
  • Complete a significant research project in clinical psychology.

Where could it take you?

Upon successful completion, you’ll be eligible to apply for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. You’ll be set to find work in a wide variety of public and private settings. To gain clinical endorsement, further postgraduate supervision is required. 

Note: Entry to this degree is competitive and strict quotas apply.

Master of Psychology students have the option to complete the Masters and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) concurrently, and receive two parchments at completion of both degrees. The Master of Psychology can be in Clinical, Health or Organisation and Human Factors. See the related degrees section for more information.

Note: 
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  If you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.


  • World Top 200 Psychology School*
  • 23% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Over 1000 hours of industry placements

*Imip.gov.au Occupation projection
^QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM086
Deferment No
Intake January
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants MUST:
- be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a provisional psychologist
- provide two referee reports submitted through the HoDSPA (Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia) website at http://www.psychologyreference.org/ by no later than Monday 17 October 2022.
- provide details of relevant work experience and details of any published works via the submission of a comprehensive CV (Curriculum Vitae) within the SATAC application.

Closing date for applications is Monday 17 October 2022.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Entry is available to graduates with a four-year qualification in Psychology or equivalent (including Honours with a minimum grade of Second Class, Division A and an individually-conducted research project carrying 33% or more of the year's work).
The degree must meet the standards set out by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), including the accredited sequence in Psychology having been completed within the last 10 years.
Refer to http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/ if you have completed an Australian Degree and are unsure about the accreditation of your four-year qualification.
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. Information on having your qualification assessed by APS can be found at https://www.psychology.org.au/About-Us/What-we-do/Assessing-overseas-qualifications.
Students who undertake Honours in Psychology at an accredited Australian university do not need to have their qualifications assessed by APS.

In order to be considered for 2023 entry, applicants must have completed their four-year sequence in Psychology between 2013 and 2022. The ONLY exception to this is where applicants have completed their four-year sequence in Psychology before 2012 but have completed a PhD in Psychology between 2012 and 2022.

A students' place in the program is contingent on being able to register as a Provisional Psychologist with AHPRA. If you are unable to obtain provisional registration, then you will be unable to continue in the program. The University of Adelaide accepts no responsibility should you be unable to obtain provisional registration after gaining entry to the program. If your four-year sequence in Psychology was completed more than 10 years ago, or you have any reason to believe your background may impact your ability to register, we encourage you to clarify your eligibility for registration with AHPRA - https://www.ahpra.gov.au/About-AHPRA/Contact-Us.aspx.

Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and references.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM086
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander pathway
In order to be eligible for the alternate entry pathway to Master in Psychology, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and be able to provide Confirmation of Aboriginality or complete a statutory declaration
  2. Have successfully completed an APAC-accredited qualification that achieves foundational competencies and pre-professional competencies in Psychology (equivalent to an Honours degree in Psychology).

The process for this pathway is as follows:
  • complete the standard application through SATAC. When completing this application, indicate that you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Admissions staff will liaise with Wirltu Yarlu staff to obtain Confirmation of Aboriginality or Statutory Declaration from the student.
  • Applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and meet the minimum entry criteria for Master program will be considered for interview.
  • Assessment of suitability for professional training through the Master will be based upon interview performance, alongside other relevant information including referee reports.

Humanitarian Entry Pathway
Do you wish to be considered for the Humanitarian entry pathway? You can apply for this either alone or in addition to the main pathway. In order to be eligible, you must have originally entered Australia as a refugee. Please provide evidence in the form of a refugee/ Humanitarian visa by uploading it into your SATAC application within five days of submitting your application.

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $4,125

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

Scholarships

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

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) prepares graduates for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). With additional supervised work experience as prescribed by the PBA, graduates can become clinical psychologists. Clinical psychologists have specialist skills 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 Master of Psychology (Clinical) is accredited by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Graduate registration

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) prepares graduates for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). With additional supervised work experience as prescribed by the PBA, graduates can become clinical psychologists.

Potential careers

Community Services Officer, Psychologist, Mental Health Worker, Clinical Psychologist

Degree Structure

This program commences in 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


Indicative study plan
Year1Summer Semester PSYCHOL 7130 Evidence-based Practice PSYCHOL 7131 Interviewing and Intervention
S1 PSYCHOL 7132 Psychological Assessment PSYCHOL 7133 Abnormal Psychology PSYCHOL 7135 Clinical Neuropsychology & Disability
S2 PSYCHOL 7134 Health Psychology PSYCHOL 7136 Advanced Child & Adult Intervention PSYCHOL 7141 Placement I
Year2S1 PSYCHOL 7140 Placement II PSYCHOL 7144 Research Project in Clinical Psychology I
S2 PSYCHOL 7143 Placement III PSYCHOL 7145 Research Project in Clinical Psychology II

Assessment

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

Related Degrees

Testimonial

The degree offers a range of placements, so you can explore a number of areas - including ones that you may not have realised you have an interest in previously.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Monday, 14 Nov 2022