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Master of Clinical Psychology

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Overview

Gain the knowledge and practical experience to work as a professional clinical psychologist through the Master of Clinical Psychology. With expert supervision in clinics, teaching hospitals and community settings, the course will give you the skills to work in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders.

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) is the path to professional specialisation in clinical psychology. By the end of this degree, you will have the highly developed knowledge base and strong clinical skills needed to work as a professional clinical psychologist in many clinical and community settings. 

The MCP involves two years of full-time study. You will develop a theoretical foundation through coursework taught by leading academic staff at the University of Sydney. Then, you can put this to the test in real situations through 1200 hours of clinical placements, both in our on-campus Psychology Clinic as well as outstanding teaching hospitals like Westmead Hospital and the Children's Hospital at Westmead. Finally, your learning will be bolstered by the opportunity to specialise with a research-based project in your own are of interest.

Graduates of the MCP program leave with a scientific and evidence-based approach to clinical psychology. The program’s cognitive-behavioural approach to treatment, coupled with alternative models of therapy introduced in the second year, will ensure you will have with both depth and breadth to your clinical training.

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.

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified the Inherent Requirements for coursework courses in clinical psychology. For more information about the requirements, please read the inherent requirements for clinical psychology.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

Study plan

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) involves two years of full-time study and includes three components; academic course work, supervised clinical placements and research. The academic coursework involves lectures, workshops, forums and seminars by the University academic staff. Qualified Clinical Psychologists provide trainees with supervised clinical practice in the internal Psychology Clinic as well as a variety of external teaching hospitals and clinics. The program 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.

Degree sample: Master of Clinical Psychology

Year 

 Sem 

 Unit of study 

 Unit of study

 Unit of study

 Unit of study

 1

 1

PSYC6082
Treatment Across the Lifespan

PSYC6083
Assessment Across the Lifespan

PSYC6089
Research, Ethics and Professional Practice

PSYC6078
Clinical Skills and Placement

 

 2

PSYC6085
Specialised Areas of Practice

PSYC6079
Placement 1

PSYC6084
Health and Neuropsychology

PSYC6072
Case and Research Seminars 1

2

1

PSYC6086
Reflective Practice and Placement 2

PSYC6080
External Placement 1

PSYC6076
Research Project 1

PSYC6073
Case and Research Seminars 2

 

2

PSYC6087
Advanced Models and Seminars

PSYC6081
External Placement 2

PSYC6077
Research Project 2

PSYC6075
Case and Research Seminars 3


Program Structure

Unit of Study Information

Units of Study

Academic courses

MCP is available to both domestic and international applicants.

MCP/PhD is only available to domestic applicants.

Domestic applicants interested in applying for MCP/PhD must submit two separate admission applications:

  • Submit one application for MCP, and
  • Submit one application for PhD.

Please note that the application for PhD  (with MCP) is different to the application for standalone PhD. Please do not submit an application for standalone PhD.

Admission requirements

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit and interview, according to the following admissions criteria:

  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (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 have been completed within 10 years of commencing the MCP or the MCP/PhD.
    • The bachelors degree with honours must include a major research project and thesis as an essential part of the degree.
      • You are not required to have completed an empirical research project in the area of abnormal or clinical psychology. However, the selection process aims to identify applicants that have a demonstrated interest in these areas, an awareness of clinical issues, and relevant experience. Clinical relevance may be considered.
    • Within the Faculty of Science in the University of Sydney, upper second class (2.1) honours is considered to be an overall fourth year result of no less than 75%.
      • Results from the first three years of undergraduate study are not included in the calculation of the overall fourth year honours result.
      • Applicants with upper second class (2.1) honours with an overall fourth year honours result of less than 75% from other universities or tertiary institutions may be considered. However, please note that entry is highly competitive.
      • Applicants who hold a bachelors degree with honours and
        who have additionally completed a Master of Philosophy or Master of Science by research in psychology may be considered in lieu of upper second class (2.1) honours.
  • You must satisfy the Head of the School of Psychology (or delegate) of your personal suitability for the practice of clinical psychology through your application, referee reports and selection interview.

Applicants for MCP/PhD must additionally meet the admission requirements of the PhD.

Application procedure

Please refer to the School of Psychology’s Application Procedure Guide.
 

Ensure you submit the correct application(s)

MCP applicants must:

  • Submit one application for MCP using the Apply button above.

MCP/PhD applicants must:

  • Submit one application for MCP using the Apply button above, and
  • Submit one application for PhD.

Please note that the application for PhD (with MCP) is different to the application for standalone PhD. Please do not submit an application for standalone PhD.

Upload documents

MCP applicants are required to upload the following documents:

1. Academic PDF

  • This PDF must include all the following items:
    • Academic transcripts
    • Grading scheme (if not on transcript)
    • Testamur
    • Evidence of Honours class and grade
    • Evidence of Honours research thesis
    • APS assessment letter (if overseas qualifications – see below)
    • Certified translations (if documents not in English)
  • Please merge all academic items into one PDF and upload this to your application. Do not upload individual PDF of each item, e.g. transcript, grading, etc.

2. Supplementary Form PDF

  • Please complete the Supplementary Form and upload this to your application.
  • In order to be competitive, applicants must have relevant work experience and research publications. Ensure you provide a summary of your work experience and research publications within the Supplementary Form.
  • Applicants who do not correctly complete and upload the Supplementary Form by the application closing date will not be considered.

3. Identity PDF

  • This PDF must include all the following items:
    • Evidence of citizenship and/or residency status
    • Proof of change of name (if applicable)
  • Please merge all identity items into one PDF and upload this to your application. Do not upload individual PDF of each item, e.g. birth certificate, change of name, etc.

4. English PDF

  • This PDF must include evidence of you satisfying the University of Sydney’s and AHPRA's English language requirements (if applicable).
  • Please merge all English items into one PDF and upload this to your application. Do not upload individual PDF of each item, e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, etc.

 

MCP/PhD applicants are additionally required to upload the following documents:

5. Research PDF

  • This PDF must include all the following items:
    • Research proposal
    • Evidence of contact with and acceptance by research supervisor
  • Please merge all research items into one PDF and upload this to your application. Do not upload individual PDF of each item, e.g. proposal, supervisor emails, etc.

For MCP/PhD applicants, all 5 document PDFs must be uploaded to both the MCP application and the PhD application. You must ensure that the 5 document PDFs uploaded to your MCP application match precisely with the 5 document PDFs uploaded to your PhD application.

All documents must be received by the application closing date or your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered nor proceed to interview. Late applications are not accepted.

Referee reports

Referee reports must be provided via HoDSPA Psychology Reference.

  • Applicants must register with HoDSPA and nominate referees. Referees are then prompted by HoDSPA to complete an online reference. Applicants must share the completed references with the University of Sydney via HoDSPA.
  • Applicants who do not correctly provide completed references and share these with the University of Sydney via HoDSPA by the application closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that the University of Sydney does not operate HoDSPA. The University of Sydney is not responsible for monitoring and reviewing content of the HoDSPA website.

 

For MCP applicants:

  • Two academic references, OR
  • One academic reference and one work experience reference.

For MCP/PhD applicants:

  • Two academic references.

Overseas qualifications (if relevant)

All qualifications obtained from a non-Australian Higher Education Provider must be assessed as equivalent by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before an application may be submitted. If your qualification was obtained from a non-Australian Higher Education Provider you must provide evidence of an individual (or group) conducted research project and thesis. Provide the 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. To determine equivalency, visit APAC or the APS.

Cadigal Program (if relevant)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who wish to be considered for admission under the Cadigal Program must additionally submit a Cadigal application. Eligible applicants may be given priority for interviews.

Selection interviews

Admission to this course is extremely competitive due the high calibre of applications received and the limited number of places available each year. Only top-ranking applicants meeting all academic admission requirements will be invited to attend a selection interview. The selection interview is usually held in the last week of November.

Professional accreditation

The MCP is accredited by the APAC as a fifth and sixth year of study, and is an approved qualification for Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency's (AHPRA) Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) also recognises the program for the purpose of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology.

Graduate opportunities

This program is recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychologist.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


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

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


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

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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