Master of Clinical Psychology

Psychology

Master of Clinical Psychology

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CSU's Master of Clinical Psychology provides registered psychologists with the opportunity to obtain the knowledge, skills and qualifications to practise as Clinical Psychologists.

  • Why study this course?

    The Master of Clinical Psychology provides four-year trained psychologists with the opportunity to upgrade their qualifications, knowledge and skills. The course aims to provide specialist training in clinical psychology with a specific focus on the needs of rural and remote communities. In addition, it aims to instil an awareness of the importance of research in the development of professional psychology, and develop skills to undertake this research. The Master of Clinical Psychology aims to meet two needs: the need for better psychological services in rural Australia, and the need to provide training for those psychologists already working within applied settings and who wish to study part-time or by distance education.

    Professional recognition
    The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as a fifth and sixth year course in psychology, and is approved by the Psychology Board of Australia. It is also approved  by the Australian Psychological Society for the purposes of eligibility for entry into the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates will be eligible to apply for recognition by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychology Registrar. On completion of two years of supervised experience subsequent to graduation from the program, graduates will be eligible to be registered as holding an endorsement in clinical psychology, and to be specialist clinical psychology practitioners with Medicare Australia.

    Clinical Psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health problems, and work in private practice, hospitals, universities, general medical practices, community health centres, and mental health services.

    The course has been approved by the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Graduates of this program will be eligible for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and for associate membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Following completion of two years of subsequent supervised experience, graduates will be eligible to apply for full membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

  • Credit and pathways

    Students who have previously completed APAC-accredited postgraduate qualifications in another field of professional psychology may be eligible to apply for academic credit.

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

  • Workplace learning

    In each year of the Master of Psychology program, part-time students are expected to complete one professional placement of 250 hours. The four professional placements will be completed in a variety of locations, enabling students to acquire skills and in work with diverse client populations. Placement locations may include public and private hospitals, community mental health services, neurology and rehabilitation services, educational settings and private practices.

    Given the varied locations of students enrolled in the course, the responsibility for locating or exploring local placement options rests largely with the student. University staff may assist in locating options should difficulties arise in this process.

    As those residing in rural and remote areas may be required to travel a considerable distance for placements, students may undertake placement hours in a single block format (e.g. five days a week for seven weeks), or they may divide their block placement into two or more sections (e.g. four weeks, then three weeks, with time intervening), in order to take advantage of study leave or vacation arrangements.  Alternatively, students undertaking field placement in settings closer to home may complete their placement by attending one or two days per week for a more extended period.

    It is also possible that some placement requirements may be completed at a student’s current workplace, subject to the workplace meeting the requirements of the placement, and the availability of appropriate supervision.

    Please note that the following subjects have a Workplace Learning component:

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course includes twelve 8-credit point coursework subjects, four 0-credit point placements, and one 32-credit point dissertation subject.

    Core subjects

    PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology (8cp)
    PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology (8cp)
    PSY535 Adult Assessment (8cp)
    PSY536 Adult Interventions 1 (8cp)
    PSY537 Child Assessment (8cp)
    PSY538 Child Interventions 1 (8cp)
    PSY539 Adult Interventions 2 (8cp)
    PSY540 Clinical Research Methods (8cp)
    PSY541 Clinical Neuropsychology (8cp)
    PSY542  Child Interventions 2 (8cp)
    PSY543 Clinical Health Psychology (8cp)
    PSY544 Clinical Psychology in Practice (8cp)
    PSY545 Clinical Psychology Placement 1 (0cp)
    PSY546 Clinical Psychology Placement 2 (0cp)
    PSY547 Clinical Psychology Placement 3 (0cp)
    PSY548 Clinical Psychology Placement 4 (0cp)
    PSY530 Master of Psychology Dissertation (32cp - part-time for two years) or PSY500 (32cp - full-time for one year)

    Enrolment pattern

    The enrolment pattern for the proposed program is presented below.

    Part-time progression
    Year 1
    PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology (8cp) Session 1
    PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology (8cp)  Session 1
    PSY535 Adult Assessment (8cp) Session 2
    PSY536 Adult Interventions 1 (8cp)  Session 2
    PSY545 Clinical Psychology Placement 1 (0cp)

    Year 2
    PSY537 Child Assessment (8cp)  Session 1
    PSY538 Child Interventions 1 (8cp)  Session 1
    PSY539 Adult Interventions 2 (8cp) Session 2
    PSY540 Clinical Research Methods (8cp) Session 2
    PSY546 Clinical Psychology Placement 2 (0cp)

    Year 3
    PSY541 Clinical Neuropsychology (8cp) Session 1
    PSY542  Child Interventions 2 (8cp) Session 2
    PSY530 Master of Psychology Dissertation (32cp ) Session 1 (commenced) & Session 2 (continued)
    PSY547 Clinical Psychology Placement 3 (0cp)

    Year 4
    PSY543 Clinical Health Psychology (8cp) Session 1
    PSY544 Clinical Psychology in Practice (8cp) Session 2
    PSY530 Master of Psychology Dissertation (32cp ) Session 1 (continued) & Session 2 (completed)
    PSY548 Clinical Psychology Placement 4 (0cp)

    Full-time progression
    Year 1
    PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology (8cp) Session 1
    PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology (8cp)  Session 1
    PSY537 Child Assessment (8cp)  Session 1
    PSY538 Child Interventions 1 (8cp)  Session 1
    PSY535 Adult Assessment (8cp) Session 2
    PSY536 Adult Interventions 1 (8cp)  Session 2
    PSY539 Adult Interventions 2 (8cp) Session 2
    PSY540 Clinical Research Methods (8cp) Session 2
    PSY545 Clinical Psychology Placement 1 (0cp)
    PSY546 Clinical Psychology Placement 2 (0cp)

    Year 2
    PSY541 Clinical Neuropsychology (8cp) Session 1
    PSY543 Clinical Health Psychology (8cp) Session 1
    PSY542  Child Interventions 2 (8cp) Session 2
    PSY544 Clinical Psychology in Practice (8cp) Session 2
    PSY500 Master of Psychology Dissertation (32cp) Session 1 (commenced) & Session 2 (completed)
    PSY547 Clinical Psychology Placement 3 (0cp)
    PSY548 Clinical Psychology Placement 4 (0cp)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PSY500 Psychology Masters Dissertation
    PSY536 Adult Interventions 1
    PSY538 Child Interventions 1
    PSY530 Masters Dissertation
    PSY535 Adult Assessment
    PSY539 Adult Interventions 2
    PSY534 Clinical Psychopathology
    PSY540 Clinical Research Methods
    PSY533 Foundations of Clinical Psychology
    PSY537 Child Assessment

  • Admission information

    Applicants must possess:

    • personal suitability to undertake professional practice as a psychologist
    • a four-year APAC-accredited qualification in psychology at Honours 2A level or better (or an equivalent qualification)
    • full registration as a psychologist
       
    Additional admission criteria

    Applicants must attach evidence of Registration as a Psychologist, and complete two additional information forms. Failure to do so could prejudice your entry to the course.

    Students must complete and upload the following forms with their online application for the Master of Psychology:

    Applicants are asked to arrange for two professional and two academic referees to complete and submit their referee report directly to the University's Admissions Office.

    While the University encourages applicants to make every effort to obtain the required number of referee reports, it is recognised that some applicants may have difficulty arranging two academic referees. These applicants are advised to explain in a covering letter attached to their application the circumstances that prevented them from meeting this requirement. In these circumstances, applicants should provide additional professional referee reports.

    Selection interview

    The most competitive applicants are contacted by the selection committee for a face-to-face, videoconference, or telephone interview. This is the final stage in the selection process, and a formal offer of a place in the course may follow shortly after a successful interview. Applicants who are selected for interview will receive further information in advance of the interview.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2014 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2014.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    *Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    This course is not available to international students.

  • Course details
    Enrol Type Mode Campus Fee type Session1 Session2 Session3 Admission Code
    Direct On Campus Bathurst FPPG Y N N GAMP
    Direct Distance Education Bathurst CGS Y N N EAMP
    Direct Distance Education Bathurst FPPG Y N N OAMP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FFPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate with an MClinPsych, a student must satisfactorily complete 128 points: coursework component (96 points) and a dissertation (32 points).

    To graduate with a PostgradDipClinPsych  a student must satisfactorily complete 96 points of coursework and the four placement subjects of the MClinPsych.

  • How to apply
    Supplementary application forms

    Master of Clinical Psychology Referee Report

    Master of Clinical Psychology Supplementary Form

    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

    Apply online

    This course is not available to international students.

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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