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Master of Clinical Psychology

Master of Clinical Psychology (MCPS)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
Campus
  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
Note: All coursework courses are offered as on-campus Saturday mandatory workshops for the USQ Ipswich offering, and on-campus mid-week mandatory workshops for the USQ Toowoomba offering.

Overview

  • USQ Master of Clinical Psychology provides advanced training in psychological assessment and clinical intervention and has been developed for students wishing to gain registration as a Psychologist with an Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology.
  • The coursework component is offered as mandatory on-campus workshops, with mid-week workshops at USQ Toowoomba and Saturday workshops at USQ Ipswich. 
  • Learn high-level clinical skills to become prepared for entry into the Clinical Registrar program leading to Clinical Endorsement.
  • Our USQ Psychology and Counselling Clinics, located in Ipswich and Toowoomba, provide services for the community including therapy services, and, developmental and cognitive assessments for children, adolescents and adults of all ages. Services are provided by postgraduate students who are provisionally registered psychologists working under the supervision of our USQ Supervisory team, who are registered  Psychologists and Clinical Psychologists, and are approved supervisors under the Psychology Board of Australia.

Professional accreditation

USQ's Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fifth- and sixth-year program in psychology.

Are you looking to achieve registration as a Psychologist? Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology can apply for:

Career outcomes

  • Graduates of this degree can work as a fully registered General Psychologist in the public and private sectors, and as a Clinical Psychologist following completion of the Clinical Psychology registrar program. 

Entry requirements 

  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited 4-year bachelor degree, or equivalent.
  • Hold, or be eligible for, immediate Provisional Registration or General Registration from the Psychology Board of Australia.

In addition, applicants are also asked to submit the following for consideration as part of their application:

  • provide two referee reports1 and a 1-2 page report which addresses the Master of Clinical Psychology selection criteria (PDF 512KB)
  • 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 your work and study history. Applicants who have not completed a 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.

1The Australian Psychology Postgraduate Reference Request system is the same across all Australian universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active membership. The membership allows you access the service during the application period and will expire on 31 July of each year. The cost is $25.00 and can be paid for through the "My Account" section in the payment tab.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Additional requirements for placements

All students must provide the following documents prior to commencing clinical placements:

  • Blue Card or Working with Children Check
  • Psychology Board of Australia registration
  • Resume (CV)
  • Queensland Health Student Orientation Checklist
  • Queensland Health Student Deed Poll
  • Queensland Health iLearn Modules.

Plus evidence of the following immunisations:

  • Hepatitis B immunisation
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Pertussis, and Varicella immunisation
  • Tuberculosis risk assessment and Influenza immunisation.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

If you don't meet the entry requirements, we have pathway options available to you.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
Coursework courses 12
Practicum courses 4
Total 16

It is a mandatory requirement for all Master of Clinical Psychology students to be registered as Provisional Psychologists or General Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

All coursework courses are offered as on-campus mandatory workshops, on Saturdays for the Ipswich offering and mid-week for the Toowoomba offering.

You will be required to accrue a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum experience including 400 hours of direct client contact with a minimum of 87 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist who is accredited as a board-approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Clinical experience

As part of the degree, you will complete clinical experience during practicum courses, where you will further develop your knowledge and skills in provision of psychological assessment and intervention to clients under supervision of a board-approved psychology supervisor.

All students are required to meet the professional requirements of clinical psychology practice within the degree. 

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 6680

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Professional experience costs

This degree includes a professional experience component that may involve travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP. 

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

Closing dates:

  • Applications for Semester 1, 2021 - Major round applications close Friday 23 October 2020. A top-up round of applications close Monday 4 January 2021, where places are not filled in the previous round.
  • Applications for Semester 1, 2022 - Major round applications close Friday 22 October 2021. A top-up round of applications close Monday 3 January 2022, where places are not filled in the previous round.

Further information

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