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Master of Clinical Psychology (MCPS) - MClinPsych

CRICOS code (International applicants): 0101389

 On-campus*External#
Start:Semester 1 (February)Semester 1 (February)
Campus:Ipswich -
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
Residential school:Toowoomba campus 
Standard duration:2 years full-time, 4 years part-time 
Footnotes
*All coursework courses are offered as mandatory mid-week workshops on-campus at the Ipswich campus .
#All coursework courses are offered via a combination of online workshops and mandatory mid-week residential schools held on-campus at the Toowoomba campus.

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Professional accreditation

The Master of Clinical Psychology has received accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fifth and sixth year program in psychology. Graduates will be eligible to apply for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, and, Clinical Endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia after a period of supervised practice in an approved Psychology Board of Australia registrar program. Graduates will also be able to apply for full membership to the Australian Psychological Society and admission to the College of Clinical Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society after a period of supervised practice.

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Program aims

The aim of the Master of Clinical Psychology is to provide advanced knowledge of the discipline in the core areas of professional practice which comprise the competency standards of the Psychology Board of Australia and prepare students for entry into the Clinical Registrar program leading to Clinical Endorsement. On completion of the program, graduates will:

  • be eligible for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia

  • be eligible to gain an Area of Practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology, after completion of the Clinical Psychology registrar program

  • be able to apply for positions which require a postgraduate degree in Psychology or Clinical Psychology

  • take an active role in the theoretical and practical aspects of the practice of Clinical Psychology

  • contribute to the overall development of the disciplines of Psychology and Clinical Psychology.


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Program objectives

On completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Select and critically apply an appropriate evidence-based approach to Clinical Psychology practice that is informed by the scientist practitioner framework.

  2. Critically evaluate the scope of Clinical psychology practice, including how Clinical Psychology integrates within an interprofessional context.

  3. Integrate and apply advanced ethical, legal, and professional frameworks in relation to the practice of Clinical Psychology

  4. Critically apply a range of advanced skills and theoretical knowledge to conduct comprehensive psychological assessments using a variety of different techniques and instruments.

  5. Evaluate psychological disorders utilising international taxonomies of classification

  6. Strategically utilise advanced knowledge and skills in individual and group Clinical Psychology interventions.

  7. Apply high level research knowledge and skills to psychological practice.

  8. Employ a range of high level technical and communication skills to evaluate and interpret information in oral, written and digital formats.

  9. Integrate and apply advanced knowledge and skills regarding the provision of Clinical Psychology services across the lifespan, in a culturally responsive manner.

  10. Apply advanced theoretical knowledge and technical skills in the workplace within the scope of Clinical Psychology practice.


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Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type.

This program is at AQF Qualification Level 09. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.

The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting www.aqf.edu.au.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited AQF Level 8 four-year bachelor degree, or equivalent

  • Hold, or be eligible for, immediate Provisional Registration or General Registration from the Psychology Board of Australia

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 4.


In addition, applicants must submit the following for consideration as part of their application:

  • provide two Referee Reports

  • provide a 1-2 page report which addresses the Master of Clinical Psychology selection criteria

  • be assessed in a face-to-face interview with a panel of School staff

  • provide an academic transcript demonstrating strong academic performance

  • provide a CV of their work and study history.

    • Applicants who have not completed their four-year bachelor degree, or equivalent, within the last three years will be required to demonstrate how they have maintained up-to-date knowledge and skills in the area of Psychology since completion of their four-year bachelor degree, or equivalent



All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Requirements for professional experience placements

Practicum experience is an integral component of the program and as per external accreditation requirements, each student is required to accrue a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum experience, plus at least 81 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist who is an accredited supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Mandatory Documents required prior to commencing ANY clinical placements in the program:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check

  • Psychology Board of Australia Registration

  • Resume


Students must also provide the following immunisation evidence prior to commencing clinical placements with Queensland Health or Southern Queensland Rural Health:

  • Hepatitis B Immunisation evidence

  • Measles, Mumps and Rubella immunisation evidence

  • Varicella immunisation evidence

  • Pertussis immunisation evidence

  • Influenza immunisation evidence

  • Tuberculosis Risk Assessment

  • Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist

  • Queensland Health Student Deed Poll

  • Queensland Health iLearn Modules


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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Master of Clinical Psychology consists of 16 units comprising 12 units of coursework and 4 units of practicum.

The program is designed for full-time or part-time attendance in the on-campus mode.

All coursework courses are offered as mandatory mid-week workshops on-campus for the Ipswich offering, and a combination of online workshops and mandatory mid-week residential schools held at the Toowoomba campus for the External offering.

Course  Semester(s) Offered
Ipswich 
Semester(s) Offered
External 
Year 1     
PSY5110 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues 
PSY5140 Comprehensive Psychological Assessment 
PSY5145 Intervention Strategies 
PSY5130 Psychology Practicum 1*  1,2,3  1,2,3 
PSY5050 Research Applications for Psychologists 
PSY5070 Adult Psychopathology 
PSY5060 Child and Adolescent Psychology 
PSY5230 Psychology Practicum 2*  1,2,3  1,2,3 
Year 2     
PSY8050 Advanced Clinical Intervention 
PSY8060 Advanced Health Psychology 
PSY8260 Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychology 
PSY8140 Psychology Practicum 3*  1,2,3  1,2,3 
PSY8210 Advanced Topics in Professional Practice  
PSY8240 Advanced Psychological Assessment  
PSY8270 Advanced Psychopathology 
PSY8150 Psychology Practicum 4 *  1,2,3  1,2,3 

Footnotes
*Students are required to accrue a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum experience, 400 of these hours must be direct clinical work, plus at least 81 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist who is accredited as a board-approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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Program completion requirements

To be eligible to graduate, students must pass all 16 courses within the maximum time frame of 4 years, and with a passing mark for every piece of assessment within each course. Coursework content is delivered in mandatory day-long workshops/residential schools per course delivered in blocks over the semester, and attendance at all workshops/residential schools is required for eligibility to graduate.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 4 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Credit

Applications for exemptions/credit will be assessed according to USQ procedure. Students who have completed USQ’s Master of Professional Psychology may apply for exemptions for up to 8 courses.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Full-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

All coursework courses are offered as mandatory mid-week workshops on-campus for the Ipswich offering, and a combination of online workshops and mandatory mid-week residential schools held at the Toowoomba campus for the External offering. Current Toowoomba International Students on a student visa will be required to enrol in the Toowoomba on-campus offerings for 2022 only.


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1

PSY5110 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues1111MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5140 Comprehensive Psychological Assessment1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5145 Intervention Strategies1111MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5130 Psychology Practicum 1*1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5050 Research Applications for Psychologists1212MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5060 Child and Adolescent Psychology1212MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5070 Adult Psychopathology1212MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5230 Psychology Practicum 2*1212Pre-requisite: PSY5130 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development

Year 2

PSY8050 Advanced Clinical Intervention2121MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8060 Advanced Health Psychology2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8260 Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychology2121MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8140 Psychology Practicum 3*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in MCPA or Students must be enrolled in MCPS and have completed PSY5130 and PSY5230
PSY8210 Advanced Topics in Professional Practice2222MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8240 Advanced Psychological Assessment2222Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8270 Advanced Psychopathology2222MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8150 Psychology Practicum 4*2222Pre-requisite: PSY8140 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA

Footnotes
*Students are required to accrue a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum experience, 400 of these hours must be direct clinical work, plus at least 81 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist who is accredited as a board-approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Part-time

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

All coursework courses are offered as mandatory mid-week workshops on-campus for the Ipswich offering, and a combination of online workshops and mandatory mid-week residential schools held at the Toowoomba campus for the External offering.


CourseYear of program and semester in which course is normally studiedResidential schoolEnrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Year 1

PSY5110 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues1111MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5140 Comprehensive Psychological Assessment1111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5060 Child and Adolescent Psychology1212MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5070 Adult Psychopathology1212MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development

Year 2

PSY5145 Intervention Strategies2121MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5130 Psychology Practicum 1*2121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5050 Research Applications for Psychologists2222Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5230 Psychology Practicum 2*2222Pre-requisite: PSY5130 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or MCPS or be undertaking the course as professional development

Year 3

PSY8050 Advanced Clinical Intervention3131MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8060 Advanced Health Psychology3131Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8210 Advanced Topics in Professional Practice3232MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8240 Advanced Psychological Assessment3232Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development

Year 4

PSY8260 Advanced Child and Adolescent Psychology4141MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8140 Psychology Practicum 3*4141Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in MCPA or Students must be enrolled in MCPS and have completed PSY5130 and PSY5230
PSY8270 Advanced Psychopathology4242MPre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY8150 Psychology Practicum 4*4242Pre-requisite: PSY8140 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MCPS or MCPA

Footnotes
*Students are required to accrue a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum experience, 400 of these hours must be direct clinical work, plus at least 81 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist who is accredited as a board-approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.