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Master of Psychology / PhD (Clinical Psychology)

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

Study Mode
  • On-campus

  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 32 units

  • 4 years or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Become fully qualified in clinical psychology studies

Graduate sooner with USQ’s Master of Psychology/PhD (Clinical Psychology) combined degree. In just four years, you can become a fully qualified psychologist with 1200 hours experience and two degrees.

Through your studies, you will become a specialist Psychologist with an in-depth knowledge to tackle emerging and current themes in the mental wellbeing of your clients. Including course work, research and practical experience, your studies will allow you to explore topics including individual and group clinical intervention, diagnostic interview skills in complex clinical presentations and expert research skills in interpretation and analysis. 

Professional accreditation

Graduates may apply for:

  • general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia graduation
  • 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.

Your psychology degree will allow you to be a psychologist fully qualified as a specialist in clinical psychology and health psychology. Alternatively, you're able to continue your research ambitions with an academic career.

Courses to be studied Units
Coursework courses 7
Practice courses 3
Research courses 22
Total 32
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 26480

Assistance available to pay your fees

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.

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.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 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

Applicants for admission must have successfully completed the first year of the Master of Psychology (Clinical), or other APAC accredited degree, with a GPA of 6.0 or higher, and submit a dissertation proposal.

The entry requirements for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) are:

  • 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 departmental staff as having the interpersonal skills required for professional coursework
  • have conditional registration or full registration from the Psychologists Board of Queensland.
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 2017 – 2018 intake from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. The cost is AUD25.00 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 or equivalent.

How to apply

Apply with USQ
For Australian and New Zealand students

Closing dates

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 20 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

Apply directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2019 - Major round applications close Friday 26 October 2018, with first round interviews occurring in November. Top-up round of applications close Friday 4 January 2019, for second round interviews where quota has not been filled in the major round.
  • Semester 1, 2020 - Applications close Friday 25 October 2019.

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