Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Advance your skills
Do you want to advance your professional skills and specialise in Clinical Psychology? USQ Master of Psychology (Clinical) provides advanced training in psychological assessment and clinical intervention. This degree offers much of the coursework component in three two-day workshops, for each course, spread over the semester. With a focus on rural clinical health, this degree has been developed to meet the needs of Psychologists wishing to specialise in Clinical Psychology, whilst forging a pathway to the Master of Psychology/PhD (Clinical Psychology).
Master vs Doctor?
Confused about the difference between a Masters and Doctoral degree in clinical psychology? Well, there is the obvious time difference (2 years vs 4 years), providing more time for a more advanced research project. Students completing the Doctor also complete a dissertation and have the capacity to undertake independent, critical research and practice. Not sure which path to take? Keep in mind that students can articulate from the Masters to the Doctoral program.
Are you looking to achieve professional registration and full membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS)? Graduates of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) can apply for:
- registration as a Psychologist and/or Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
- clinical endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia after a period of supervised practiced
- full membership to the APS after graduation
- admission to the College of Clinical Psychology of the APS after a period of supervised practice.
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It is a mandatory requirement for all Master of Psychology (Clinical) students to be registered as Provisional Psychologists with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Orientation Semester 1, 2018: 13 February, 2018 at USQ Toowoomba campus
Much of the coursework component of this program (8 of 16 units) involves three two-day workshops for each course spread over the semester.
Students can choose to complete their 3 practicum courses (PSY8130, PSY8140 and PSCY8150) in two of the following: Semester 1, Semester 2 or Semester 3.
You will be required to accrue a minimum of 1000 hours of practicum experience (ie, 400 face to face hours of clinical work), plus at least 180 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist who is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Clinical College.
Deferment is not available for this program.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|Commonwealth supported||AUD 6560|
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 21000|
Loan to help you pay your fees
You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and 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.
- demonstrate achievement of a minimum of Second Class Honours Division A in an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited 4-year honours program or equivalent
- provide two satisfactory referee reports1 and a report to address the Selection Criteria (PDF 23 KB) indicating your 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 coursework
- have conditional registration or full registration from the Psychology Board of Australia.
1 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 subscription. The subscription allows you access the service during the 2016 – 2017 intake from 1 August 2016 to 30 July 2017. 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
Apply directly to USQ for the Master of Psychology (Clinical):
- Semester 1, 2018 - Applications close Friday 27 October 2017.
- Semester 1, 2019 - Applications close Friday 26 October 2018.