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Master of Psychology (Clinical) (MPCL) - MPsych (Clinical)

CRICOS code (International applicants): 056705D

 On-campus
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Campus:Toowoomba 
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:2 years full-time, 4 years part-time maximum 
Program articulation:

To: Master of Psychology/PhD (Clinical Psychology)

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Email: study@usq.edu.au 
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Professional accreditation

Graduates may apply for:

  • general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

  • Clinical Endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia after a period of supervised practice.

  • full membership to the Australian Psychological Society after graduation.

  • admission to the College of Clinical Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society after a period of supervised practice.


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Program aims

On completion of the program graduates will be able to:

  • apply for positions which require a higher degree in Clinical Psychology

  • take an active role in theoretical and practical developments in clinical psychology

  • contribute to the overall development of the discipline of Psychology.


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Program objectives

Successful completion of the program will enable graduates to:

  • demonstrate a well developed knowledge base concerning the principles and practice of applied clinical psychology

  • demonstrate diagnostic interview skills

  • demonstrate an understanding and competence in the principles and practice of clinical assessment, diagnosis and case formulation

  • demonstrate high level skills in psychological testing and test data interpretation

  • apply principles and practice of health intervention

  • demonstrate a high level of individual and group clinical intervention skills

  • demonstrate advanced research skills

  • interact ethically with clients and other professionals

  • apply knowledge and skills proficiently in the workplace.


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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:

  • demonstrate that they have achieved a minimum of Second Class Honours Division A in an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited four-year honours program or equivalent

  • provide two satisfactory Referee Reports and a report to address the Selection Criteria indicating the applicant's abilities to successfully undertake the professional and research components of the program

  • be assessed in an interview with a panel of School staff as having the interpersonal skills required for professional course work.


Before commencing the program, students must have General Registration with Probationary Conditions or full registration from the Psychology Board of Australia.

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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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 program is designed for full-time attendance in the on-campus mode. The program contains 16 units of study comprising of eight units of coursework, practicums worth four units and a four-unit thesis. Once the first 8 courses have been passed (full time) there may be some flexibility to negotiate a part time enrolment pattern for the remaining courses.

Course  Semester  Notes 
PSY8010 Issues and Skills in Professional Practice  Compulsory workshops 
PSY8020 Advanced Research Techniques#  Compulsory workshops 
PSY8040 Individual Assessment  Compulsory workshops 
PSY8045 Clinical Intervention  Compulsory workshops 
PSY8050 Advanced Clinical Intervention  Compulsory workshops 
PSY8060 Health Psychology  Compulsory workshops 
PSY8065 Adult Psychopathology  Compulsory workshops 
PSY8071 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology  Compulsory workshops 
PSY8130 Practicum 1*   
PSY8140 Practicum 2*   
PSY8150 Practicum 3*   
PSY9160 Clinical Psychology Masters Project A#  1,2,3  Compulsory workshops 
PSY9170 Clinical Psychology Masters Project B#  1,2,3  Compulsory workshops 
PSY9152 Clinical Psychology Practicum Case Studies *#  1,2,3   

Footnotes
#Research course
*Students are required to accrue a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum experience, plus at least 180 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist who is a member of the Australian Psychological Society Clinical College.

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Program completion requirements

Lectures for the coursework component of this program are given in full day workshops from one to two day duration over the semester. These workshops are normally held on weekdays.

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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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Articulation

Students who have achieved distinctions or better in Masters coursework courses, and successfully completed project proposal signed by their proposed thesis supervisor, will be permitted to apply for entry into the combined Master of Psychology/PhD (Clinical Psychology) Program.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

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.


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

Year 1

PSY8010 Issues and Skills in Professional Practice11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPCL
PSY8040 Individual Assessment11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPCL
PSY8045 Clinical Intervention11Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPCL
PSY8065 Adult Psychopathology11Co-requisite: PSY8010
PSY8060 Health Psychology12Pre-requisite: PSY8045
PSY8071 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology12Pre-requisite: PSY8045 and PSY8010
PSY8050 Advanced Clinical Intervention12Pre-requisite: PSY8045
PSY8130 Practicum 112Pre-requisite: PSY8010 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: DPCL or MPCL or MPHD

Year 2

PSY8020 Advanced Research Techniques21Pre-requisite: PSY8010 or must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPPS or DPHD
PSY9160 Clinical Psychology Masters Project A (two units)21Co-requisite: PSY8020
PSY8140 Practicum 221Pre-requisite: PSY8130 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: DPCL or MPCL or MPHD
PSY9170 Clinical Psychology Masters Project B (two units)22Pre-requisite: PSY9160
PSY8150 Practicum 322Pre-requisite: PSY8140 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: DPCL or MPHD or MPCL
PSY9152 Clinical Psychology Practicum Case Studies22Pre-requisite: PSY8130 and PSY8140 Co-requisite: PSY8150