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Master of Psychology/PhD (Clinical Psychology) (MPHD) - MPsych/PhD (Clinical Psychology)

CRICOS code (International applicants): 086303G

 On-campus*
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Campus:Toowoomba 
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Research Training Program (RTP) - Fees Offset scheme
Standard duration:4 years full-time, 8 years part-time maximum 
Program articulation:

From: Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Footnotes
*Research Training Program places available from second or third year. Please refer to the Program fees section for further information.

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Professional accreditation

Graduates may apply for:

  • general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

  • Clinical Psychology 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 graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. a high level knowledge and practice in professional ethics

  2. advanced level skills in individual and group clinical intervention

  3. a high level clinical intervention skills within a range of community agencies

  4. a comprehensive knowledge base and a critical understanding evidence based practice of clinical psychology

  5. diagnostic interview skills in complex clinical presentations

  6. a critical understanding and competence in the principles and practice of clinical assessment, diagnosis and case formulation

  7. high level skills in psychological testing and test data interpretation

  8. implementation of health intervention that integrates current research with best practice

  9. expert level research skills in data analysis interpretation and presentation in a theoretical framework.


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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 10. Graduates at this level will have systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice.

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 all courses in the first year of the MPCL Master of Psychology (Clinical) program (or other APAC accredited program) with a GPA of 6 or above.

  • submit a viable thesis proposal.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 4.


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

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.

Research Training Program (RTP) - Fees Offset scheme

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral program, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research program.
As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the program, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or

  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR program. Once a student completes an HDR program, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.


The Australian Commonwealth Government’s contribution to program fees must be acknowledged on all published material relating to a research project via a statement identifying the support received through the RTP Fees Offset scheme.

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Program structure

The program is designed for full-time attendance in the on-campus mode in the first year of study. The program contains 32 units of study comprising of 7 units of coursework, 22 research based (including a 4-unit thesis, Projects A and B, Advanced Research Techniques, and Clinical Psychology Practicum Case Studies) and 4 units of practica. Please note that PSY9152 is considered both practica and research. Once the first 8 units have been passed (full time) there may be some flexibility to negotiate a part time enrolment pattern for the remaining courses.

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.

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*   
PSY9152 Clinical Psychology Practicum Case Studies*#  1, 2 & 3   
PSY9160 Clinical Psychology Masters Project A#  1, 2 & 3  Compulsory workshops 
PSY9170 Clinical Psychology Masters Project B#  1, 2 & 3  Compulsory workshops 
RES9503 Doctoral Research Project D (Lab)  1, 2   

Footnotes
#Research course
*Practica courses 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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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 8 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

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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 A21Co-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 B22Pre-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

Year 3

RES9503 Doctoral Research Project D (Lab)31Pre-requisite: Student must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPHD or DPHD or DOHH or DASC
RES9503 Doctoral Research Project D (Lab)32Pre-requisite: Student must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPHD or DPHD or DOHH or DASC

Year 4

RES9503 Doctoral Research Project D (Lab)41Pre-requisite: Student must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPHD or DPHD or DOHH or DASC
RES9503 Doctoral Research Project D (Lab)42Pre-requisite: Student must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: MPHD or DPHD or DOHH or DASC

Footnotes
Four units