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Overview

Gain the knowledge and practical experience to work as a professional clinical psychologist through the Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP). 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 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 is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year of study, 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. The 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.

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What you'll study

The MCP degree is available to both domestic and international applicants. The MCP/PhD double degree is only available to domestic applicants.

Study plan

The 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

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
Clinical Skills and Practice
Treatment Across the Lifespan
Assessment Across the Lifespan
Research, Ethics and Professional Practice
Case and Research Seminars 1
Placement 1
Health and Neuropsychology
Specialised Areas of Practice
Year 2
Case and Research Seminars 2
Research Project 1
External Placement 1
Reflective Practice and Placement 2
Case and Research Seminars 3
Research Project 2
External Placement 2
Advanced Models and Seminars

 

MCP/PhD study plan and degree structure

 

Units of Study

Applying for entry

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for clinical psychology study at the University of Sydney, including for both the MCP and the MCP/PhD. Applicants should review these inherent requirements to ensure they are able to successfully complete the course.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course, while preserving the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes.

The University welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the inherent requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. 

Admission requirements

  • 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 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 the MCP/PhD must additionally meet the PhD admission requirements.
Non-Australian qualifications (if relevant)

The Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) provides information on APAC accredited psychology qualifications in Australia.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) assesses non-Australian qualifications for APAC equivalence.

  • 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 individual 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. Include an abstract or reference of published article as evidence.
English language requirements (if relevant)

Applicants must comply with the English language requirements of the University of Sydney (a minimum of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band). English language test scores must be less than two years old at the date of application.

Applicants must also comply with the English language requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Additional English language requirements apply under the current AHPRA standards for registration. Where AHPRA standards are inconsistent with University of Sydney standards, the higher standard will apply. 

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.

English language requirements must be met by the application closing date.

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 the selection interview.

Selection criteria

Admission is very competitive due to the large number of high calibre applications received and limited number of places available each year. Only top-ranking applicants meeting all academic admission requirements and selection criteria will be invited to attend a selection interview.

The selection interview aims to identify applicants that have a demonstrated interested in clinical psychology, awareness of clinical issues, and are personally suitable for clinical practice. The selection interview is usually held in the last week of November.  

All applications must be submitted by the application closing date. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered for the selection interview. 

In order to be competitive:

  • Applicants must have clinically relevant work experience and research publications.
  • 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 education providers may be considered, but are generally non-competitive. 
    • An APAC accredited four year degree plus a completed Master of Philosophy or Master of Science by research in psychology may be considered in lieu of upper second class (2.1) honours.
  • Within the Faculty of Science in the University of Sydney, first class honours is considered to be an overall fourth year result of no less than 80%.
    • In order to be competitive for the MCP/PhD, a minimum result of first class honours is required. 
  • Applicants are not required to have completed an empirical research project in the area of abnormal or clinical psychology.

 

Offers of admission will be made to qualified applicants on the basis of application merit and interview, according to the admissions and selection criteria. Places are usually offered from early December.

 

How to apply

What to apply for?

  • The MCP degree is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants interested in applying must submit one MCP admission application.
  • The MCP/PhD double degree is only available to domestic applicants. Applicants interested in applying must submit two separate admission applications - one for MCP and one for PhD.
  • Please note that the application for PhD (for MCP/PhD) is different to the application for standalone PhD. Please do not submit an application for standalone PhD.

Application procedure

Please refer to the School of Psychology’s Application Procedure Guide for detailed step-by-step instructions. 

Applicants should upload no more than 5 supporting documents to their application:

  1. Academic PDF
  2. Supplementary Form PDF
  3. Identification PDF
  4. English PDF (if relevant)
  5. Research PDF (for MCP/PhD applicants only)
Referee reports

All applicants must provide references via the Psychology Reference System.

MCP applicants must provide:

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

MCP/PhD applicants must provide:

  • Two academic references.

Applicants must register with the Psychology Reference System to nominate their two referees online. Referees are then prompted to complete an online reference. Applicants must share the completed references with the University of Sydney via the Psychology Reference System.

  • Applicants who do not correctly provide completed references and share these with the University of Sydney via the Psychology Reference System by the application closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that the University of Sydney does not operate the Psychology Reference System. The University of Sydney is not responsible for monitoring and reviewing content of the Psychology Reference System website.

 

Professional accreditation, registration and endorsement

Accreditation

The MCP and the MCP/PhD provide a professional postgraduate qualification in clinical psychology. 

  • Both courses are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year of study, 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. 
  • The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), through APAC, also recognises both courses for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology.
  • The MCP and the MCP/PhD courses are recognised, in principle, by the New South Wales Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of Clinical Psychologist. 

Registration

Provisional registration
  • Before commencing candidature in the MCP degree, 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 Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) in order to commence clinical placements in the first year of the MCP degree.
Full registration
  • MCP students will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia following the award of the MCP degree.
  • MCP/PhD students will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), 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 endorsement

In order to gain endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a Clinical Psychologist, following the completion of the MCP or MCP/PhD, 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.

International equivalency

In regard 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 graduates can meet UK and European standards, and MCP/PhD graduate may meet US and Canadian standards.

 

Career Pathways

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 Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) is recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychologist.

Upon graduation, students are eligible for membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).

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.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

A limited number of CSP may be awarded to domestic students each year subject to availability. CSP are awarded on the basis of merit to the top-ranked applicants. Eligibility: Australian citizens, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holds, New Zealand citizens. Recipients must enrol on a full-time basis. Deferral is not permitted. 

Domestic applicants who are successful for admission to the MCP or the MCP/PhD yet miss out on a CSP will be offered a full-fee paying place. Recipients must enrol on a full-time basis. Deferral is not permitted. 

Student assistance

The MCP is an approved course for student payment purposes (eg. youth allowance, austudy) by the Department of Human Services (Centrelink). Domestic students may be eligible for assistance when enrolled full time in the MCP. 

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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