Course Information

Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP)
The Master of Clinical Psychology is a postgraduate degree in the professional specialisation of clinical psychology, which adopts a scientific and evidence-based approach to learning and practice. This program provides students with the practical and academic expertise to work as a professional clinical psychologist in a variety of settings of clinical and community settings. Graduates will have a highly developed knowledge base and strong clinical skills necessary for both the practice of professional psychology.

The MCP has been assessed for accreditation 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 (PBA), 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.

Areas of study
The MCP 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 the second year ensures both a depth and breadth to clinical training.
The MCP involves two years of full-time study and includes three components: academic coursework supervised clinical placements and research. The academic coursework involves lectures, workshops, forums and seminars by The University of Sydney academic staff. Qualified clinical psychologists provide trainees with supervised clinical practice in an internal on-campus Psychology Clinic, as well as a variety of external teaching hospitals and clinics. The MCP includes a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical placement experience. The research component requires students to plan and execute a research-based project on a clinical topic.

Assumed knowledge
Admission to MCP/PhD is on the basis of completion of: APAC accredited four year Bachelors degree with Honours in Psychology from a University, gaining at least first class honours, or equivalent; English proficiency; referee reports; and selection interview.

Information sessions
1. Postgraduate Information Evening
Wednesday 14 October 2015 4pm-7pm, Great Hall, Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
2. University of Sydney Postgraduate Expo at Open Day
Saturday 29 August 2015 9am - 4pm