Doctor of Clinical Psychology / Master of Science

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science (DCP/MSc) is a postgraduate double degree in the professional specialisation of clinical psychology. The DCP/MSc provides psychology graduates with doctorate level clinical and research training in clinical psychology that is consistent with international standards of professional psychology.

The program adopts a scientific and evidence-based approach to clinical psychology. The treatment model is based on a cognitive-behavioural approach, and the introduction of alternative models of therapy in later years ensures both a depth and breadth to your clinical training.

The DCP/MSc involves three years of full-time study and includes three components: academic coursework, supervised clinical placements and research.

Qualified clinical psychologists provide you with supervised clinical practice in an internal on-campus psychology clinic, as well as a variety of external teaching hospitals and clinics. The DCP/MSc includes a minimum of 1500 hours of clinical placement experience and 600 patient contact hours. The research component requires you to produce a Master of Science (MSc) research thesis.

Watch clinical psychology graduate, Amanda Green, talk about her career as a psychologist and how she got there.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

To qualify for the award of the double degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science, a candidate will complete units of study as prescribed for the DCP degree by the Faculty of Science; complete supervised clinical internship placements; and for the MSc component, research and writing toward a thesis of a maximum 80,000 words.

In first year, all students initially enrol only in the DCP coursework degree. In second year, second semester, students also enrol part time in the MSc research degree whilst being enrolled part time in the DCP degree. In third year, students enrol full time in the MSc degree and enrol part time in the DCP, however, the DCP enrolled units of study carry a zero credit point load. On completion of all requirements for both degrees at the end of the third year, students will graduate with a DCP/MSc degree.

Thesis submission requirements and examination procedure as set out in the Academic Board resolutions for this course and the Higher Degree (HDR) Rule.

Progression rules

Once enrolled in the Master of Science component, students will have an annual review of progress, in which the candidate will be required to provide evidence of progress in their research and towards the completion of their thesis. On the basis of the evidence provided, the faculty will recommend the conditions of candidature to apply in the following year, and may request a further review at the end of a semester. If a candidate is not progressing satisfactorily towards the completion of the degree, they may be asked by the faculty to explain why their candidature should not be terminated.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

After completing the Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science you will be able to work as a professional clinical psychologist in a variety of settings. The DCP/MSc program is recognised by the NSW Department of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychologist. The program is accredited by APAC, providing the fifth, sixth and seventh years of training, and is an approved qualification for Associate Membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association. The Psychology Board of Australia, through APAC, recognises the program for the purposes of registration and endorsement of practice in clinical psychology.

Watch clinical psychology graduate, Amanda Green, talk about her career as a psychologist and how she got there.

Course accreditation

The DCP/MSc program is recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychologist.

Further study

Candidates who have made excellent progress and whose projects are of sufficient scope may apply to transfer their Master of Science enrolment to a Doctor of Philosophy degree subject to the satisfactory production of a thesis proposal.

Candidates who transfer to a PhD will graduate only when they complete requirements for both DCP and PhD awards.

Students who demonstrate acceptable academic ability in their initial application and who meet the School’s requirements for acceptance into a PhD program (including having a supervisor who agrees to supervise the PhD project) may take the PhD research path, and in their second year enrol directly into a PhD.

Admission

Admission requirements

- Completion of an APAC accredited four year Bachelors degree with honours in Psychology from a University, gaining at least an upper second class (2.1) honours, or equivalent. The Bachelors degree with honours must include a major research project and thesis as an essential part of the degree.

- All qualifications obtained from a non-Australian University must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before an application may be submitted. All qualifications obtained from a non-Australian University must provide evidence of an individually (or group) conducted research project and thesis. Provide degree name, thesis title and thesis abstract, including information on methods used and whether the project was theoretical or conducted with methods consistent with an Australian fourth year honours degree. For further information: Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

- If you have not completed a tertiary qualification in Australia, NZ, USA, Canada or England or you must provide evidence that your qualifications were completed in English. You must provide evidence of English language proficiency if your qualifications were obtained from a university or other institution where the language of instruction was not English. Only IELTS is accepted, a minimum score of seven in each band is required. English language test scores must be less than two years old.

- Two referee report forms. One academic and one work experience, or two academic.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

To apply as a domestic student, please complete ALL items below:

1) Online application form (available from July 2013)
2) DCP/MSc Supplementary form
3) Two referee reports

- Download the DCP/MSc Supplementary form. Upload completed form to online application.
- Submit two referee reports: one Referee Report (Academic) and one Referee Report (Work Experience) or two Referee Reports (Academic).
Provide details for two referees on the referee report online form. The Direct Applications Team will email a referee report form to your nominated referees for completion. Before nominating referees, you must contact your referees to consent to completing a referee report form by the deadline.

To apply an online application must be submitted by the application closing date; including all application forms and supporting documents uploaded; and two referee reports submitted directly from the referee to DAT or IO. An application will be considered incomplete, and will not be evaluated nor proceed to interview, unless all documents are received by the closing date. Late applications are not accepted.

Further information.

International students

How to apply

To apply as an international student, please complete ALL items below:

1) Online application form (available from July 2013)
2) DCP/MSc Supplementary form
3) Two referee reports

- Download the DCP/MSc Supplementary form. Upload completed form to online application.
- Submit two referee reports: one Referee Report (Academic) and one Referee Report (Work Experience) or two Referee Reports (Academic).
Provide details for two referees on the online data form. The International Office will email a referee report form to your nominated referees for completion. Before nominating referees, you must contact your referees to consent to completing a referee report form by the deadline.

To apply an online application must be submitted by the application closing date; including all application forms and supporting documents uploaded; and two referee reports submitted directly from the referee to DAT or IO. An application will be considered incomplete, and will not be evaluated nor proceed to interview, unless all documents are received by the closing date. Late applications are not accepted.

Further information.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

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