Admission Requirements for MCP MCP/PhD

  • Academic qualifications
    Completion of an APAC accredited four year Bachelors degree with Honours in Psychology from a Higher Education Provider, 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. Within the Faculty of Science in the University of Sydney, an upper second class (2.1) honours is considered an overall result no less than 75%.
    Non-Australian qualifications
    All qualifications obtained from a non-Australian Higher Education Provider must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before an application may be submitted. All qualifications obtained from a non-Australian Higher Education Provider must provide with their application 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.
    Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)
    Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • English language requirements
    Applicants must comply with the English language requirements of both the University of Sydney and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Where these are inconsistent with University of Sydney standards, the higher standard will apply. Noting Additional English language requirements apply under the current Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) standards for registration. Applicants relying on primary, secondary and/or tertiary qualifications to satisfy AHPRA's English language requirements must provide documentary evidence to demonstrate completion of the qualification, language of instruction, duration and recognised country. Minimum English language requirements: IELTS (or AHPRA approved equivalent) accepted - Overall Academic IELTS score 7.0, with no band less than 7.0 required.
    English language test scores must be less than two years old at the date of application. English language requirements must be met by the application closing date.
    AHPRA English language standards
    University of Sydney English Language Proficiency Requirements | Faculty Requirements
  • Referee reports
    Referee Report online form - Completion of two referee report forms.
    MCP: Two academic (or one academic and one work experience). MCP/PhD: Two academic.
  • All documents must be received by the deadline or the application will be considered incomplete and will not be evaluated nor proceed to interview.
  • Selection interview
  • Inherent requirements for Clinical Psychology courses

Additional Requirements for MCP/PhD

  • Academic qualifications
    Due to the competitive nature of the MCP/PhD program, a minimum result of first class honours is required. Within the Faculty of Science in the University of Sydney, a first class honours is considered an overall fourth year result no less than 80%.
  • Research supervisor and research proposal
    Prior to applying, you must arrange a research supervisor from the School of Psychology, by contacting academics directly to discuss potential supervision. You will be required to provide evidence of supervisor contact and acceptance. Once you have arranged a supervisor, you will be required to submit a research proposal to support your application.
    Further information:
    Research Supervisor Connect
    School of Psychology Staff Research Areas
    Clinical Psychology Unit Staff Research Areas
  • MCP/PhD or MCP application
    Submit one application for either the MCP/PhD degree or MCP, not both. If you intend to be considered for the MCP, if not offered a place for the MCP/PhD double degree, you will be required to tick both the MCP and MCP/PhD boxes on the supplementary form. If you intend to enrol in the PhD, if not offered a place for the MCP/PhD double degree, you will be required to submit an additional PhD application.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander requirements

Cadigal alternative entry program
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who wish to be considered for admission under the Cadigal program must additionally apply through the University's Koori Centre. Eligible applicants may be given priority for interviews.