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Master of Clinical Psychology - Advanced Entry (MCPA)

Study Mode
  • On-campus

  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

  • 1 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Ipswich
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Fast-track your psychology qualifications 

Have you completed a postgraduate Psychology Masters (coursework) degree, or held General Registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia for a minimum of 12 months? This degree allows you to fast-track your studies and training in psychological assessment and clinical intervention. 

The Master of Clinical Psychology - Advanced Entry gives you the opportunity, as a registered psychologist, to return to study to gain a Master qualification in a 1-year time-frame, a degree which does not exist anywhere in Australia. 

This degree is available at both USQ Ipswich and USQ Toowoomba, with mandatory workshops involved. 

Professional accreditation

USQ is currently applying for the Master of Clinical Psychology - Advanced Entry to become accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a sixth-year program in psychology.

Graduates can apply for:

  • general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • an area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia after completion of the Clinical Psychology Registrar program
  • full membership to the Australian Psychological Society after a period of supervised practice
  • admission to the College of Clinical Psychology of the Australian Psychological Society after completion of the Clinical Psychology Registrar program.

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.

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. 

Courses to be studied Units
Coursework courses 6
Practicum courses 2
Total 8


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 700 hours of practicum experience plus at least 47 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist who is accredited as a registered board-approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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

How much will it cost?

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

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying AUD 23200

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.

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

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

Professional experience

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

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited masters (coursework) degree in Psychology, or have held General Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia for a minimum duration of 12 months.

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

  • provide two referee reports* and a 1-2 page report which addresses the Master of Clinical Psychology - Advanced Entry selection criteria (PDF 89KB) 
  • be assessed in a face-to-face interview with a panel of School staff, including completion of the USQ Psychology Competency examination.
  • 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 Masters (coursework) in Psychology degree 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.

*The 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 2019/2020 application period and will expire on 31 July 2020. 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. This program 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.

How to apply

Closing dates

Apply directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Major round applications close Friday 29 November 2019, with first round interviews occurring in December. Top-up round of applications close Friday 3 January 2020, for second round interviews where places are not filled in the previous round.

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.

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