- The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and Master of Clinical Psychology & Doctor of Philosophy (MCP & PhD) provide a professional postgraduate qualification in clinical psychology.
- The course is 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 Assocation (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. (Please note that as a newly developed degree the MCP has accreditation with conditions, until the first cohort of graduates have graduated from the programme.)
- The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), through APAC, also recognizes the course for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology.
- The MCP and MCP & PhD degrees are recognized, in principle, by the New South Wales Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of Clinical Psychologist.
- Before commencing candidature in the MCP programme, all students are required to have applied for provisional registration with AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).
- Students must hold provisional registration with the AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) in order to commence clinical placements in the first year of the MCP program.
Full Registration for the MCP
- Students will be eligible for full registration with AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia following the award of the MCP degree.
Full Registration for the MCP & PhD
- Students will be eligible for full registration with AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia, following the completion of all coursework and placements of the MCP, and research writing has progressed sufficiently to be equivalent in size and scope to the thesis requirements for the MCP.
Clinical Psychology Registrar Program
- In order to gain endorsement from the Psychology Registration Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist, following the completion of the MCP or MCP&PhD program, graduates need to undertake a two-year full time equivalent Registrar program.
The Clinical Psychology Registrar program is a two-year full time equivalent program which involves clinical psychology practice, supervision, and continuing professional development.
- Students are eligible to apply to AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia, seeking approval to undertake the Registrar program once they have been granted full registration.
- Upon graduation, students are eligible for membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) if they are completing supervised clinical practice.
- The basic eligibility criteria in order to be appointed as a PBA Authorised Supervisor, is three years of full registration.
- In order to supervise students enrolled in an APAC accredited 5th and 6th year program such as the MCP, Supervisors should have held general registration as a psychologist for at least three years before beginning supervision, hold endorsement in the clinical psychology area of practice for at least two years before beginning supervision and continue to be endorsed throughout the period of supervision, have successfully completed a Board-approved training program (full training) in psychology supervision, not have any conditions on their registration, not be a member of the supervisee’s immediate family or household, and not have been, or not be, engaged in a close personal or therapeutic relationship with the supervisee.
- In regards to international equivalency for accreditation and registration of the MCP and MCP & PhD, students are advised to contact the relevant accreditation and registration bodies in their own country for accurate advice.
- However, with careful selection of clinical placements and additional clinical placements hours, MCP & PhD graduates can meet UK, US and Canadian standards.
English Language Skills
- At admission to the MCP and MCP&PhD programme, students must have demonstrated English language proficiency at IELTS academic level 7 - that is, a minimum overall score of 7, and a minimum score of 7 in each band - if their tertiary qualification was not completed in Australia or obtained from a University or other institution where the language of instruction was not English.
- It is also a requirement for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), that applicants seeking registration must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7. Noting test results from examinations will generally need to be obtained within two years prior to applying for registration.