Master of Psychology

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

Why study this course?

CSU’s Master of Psychology provides thorough training in the theory, research, and practice of clinical psychology enabling registered psychologists to obtain a qualification that reflects an enhanced level of knowledge and skills in psychological practice. Students participate in linked components of coursework, research and practicum based in the scientist-practitioner training model.

To assist psychologists in rural and remote areas to undertake training in clinical psychology, the course is offered by distance education with coursework delivered through a combination of residential schools and online learning. Students also complete four professional placements in clinical psychology settings, along with a dissertation reporting the results of an empirical research project.

The program is structured to be completed over four years of part-time study. Full-time enrolment may be available for those students who do not have concurrent employment commitments.

Reasons for studying Master of Psychology at CSU:

  1. The Master of Psychology program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

  2. Graduates will be eligible to apply for recognition by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychology Registrar

  3. The course has been approved by the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.


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

Residential schools

In first and second session compulsory residential schools are held on the Bathurst campus. First session residential schools are usually scheduled in either January / February or April / May, and second session residential schools are held in August / September. Part-time students attend residential schools of between three and five days' duration in each session. For part-time students in their first year of enrolment, the residential school is scheduled for five days in January / February, and for four days in August / September.

Costs associated with residential schools, such as accommodation and meals, are the responsibility of the student. Some financial assistance may be available in the form of grants. For more information on assistance with costs click here.

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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4 years part-time



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