Course Information

Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP)
Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD)
The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD) double degree are postgraduate degrees in the professional specialisation of clinical psychology, which adopt a scientific and evidence-based approach to learning and practice. The programs provide students with the practical and academic expertise to work as a professional clinical psychologist in a variety of settings of hospital, clinical and community settings.

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD) programs adopt a scientific and evidence-based approach to clinical psychology. The treatment model is based on a cognitive-behavioural approach, with the introduction of alternative models of therapy in the second year to ensure both a depth and breadth to clinical training.

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) involves two years of full-time study while the Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD) involves at least four and a half years of full-time study. The programs include three components: academic coursework, supervised clinical placements and research. The academic coursework involves lectures, workshops, forums and seminars by University of Sydney academic staff as well as guest lecturers. The programs include 1200 hours of clinical placement experience. Qualified clinical psychologists and clinical neuropsychologists provide trainees with supervised clinical practice in an internal on-campus Psychology Clinic, as well as a variety of external teaching hospitals, clinics and community health settings. The research component requires students to plan and execute a research-based project on a clinical topic.

Accreditation, Registration and Endorsement
The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year of training, and is an approved qualification for Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. AHPRA’s Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), through APAC, also recognizes the program for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology. This program is recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychology.

Career opportunities
Graduates will have a highly developed knowledge base and strong clinical skills necessary for both the science and practice of professional psychology, to enable them to work as a professional clinical psychologists in clinical and community settings. Graduates will be eligible to apply for a registrar program leading to area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology.

Information sessions
1. Postgraduate Information Evening
2. University of Sydney Postgraduate Expo at Open Day