Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM086
CRICOS 001449C

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.

  • Entry Requirements

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

    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM086
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake January
    Enquiries Future Students team

    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 years 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.

    In order to be considered for 2020 entry, applicants must have completed their APAC accredited four-year sequence in Psychology between 2010 and 2019. Refer to http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/ if you 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/APS-assessment-Skilled-Migration-university-entry. Students who undertake Honours in Psychology at an accredited Australian university do not need to have their qualifications assessed by APS.

    Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and references.

    Additional Entry Requirements: Additionally, 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 21 October 2019.
    - 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.

    Domestic applicants must apply via SATAC. Closing date for applications is Monday 21 October 2019.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM086

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 001449C
    Intake January
    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
    Tertiary Qualifications 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 years’ 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.

    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/APS-assessment-Skilled-Migration-university-entry.

    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 2020 entry, applicants must have completed their four-year sequence in Psychology between 2010 and 2019.

    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.

    Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and references.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Additionally, 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 21 October 2019
    • 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 21 October 2019.

    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,680

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500

    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

    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.

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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Sep 2019