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14 March 6pm - 6:45pm (AEDT)

Advance your clinical and professional skills to progress your career as a clinical neuropsychologist.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year (F/T); 2 Years (P/T)

Overview

Seeking to upskill and widen your professional opportunities in the field of neuropsychology? This one-year full-time postgraduate degree is designed for practising clinical psychologists who want to upgrade their skills in neuropsychology.

Through supervised practice in a range of clinical settings, you’ll learn to assess and develop treatment plans for patients with developmental, neuropsychiatric, neurological and degenerative disorders. You’ll develop advanced knowledge of how neuropsychological disorders impact patients across the lifespan. And you’ll build the professional acumen to operate with autonomy and professionalism in a range of clinical contexts.

The Master of Clinical Neuropsychology is offered as a one-year, stand-alone masters, providing a pathway to gain formal endorsement as a clinical neuropsychologist.  

Key features

The Master of Clinical Neuropsychology allows practising clinical psychologists to specialise in neuropsychology. The program focuses on developing clinical and professional skills to help students graduate confident, informed and job-ready.

Accredited program 
The Master of Clinical Neuropsychology was developed in line with the Area of Practice Endorsement standard (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the Psychology Board (PysBA) of the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 

Problem-based learning
In a supervised clinical setting, students will explore fundamentals in ethics, brain function and its disorders, assessment approaches, interventions and professional issues. Weekly lectures are combined with case-based tutorials and practical demonstrations.

Career advancement 
Accelerate your career in the field of psychology with an industry-recognised masters degree in clinical neuropsychology. Unlock new career opportunities and join a cohort of highly sought-after postgraduate students from a global top 20 university.*

* QS World University Rankings, 2023. 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Global leader in psychology

The UNSW School of Psychology is one of the best in Australia. We’re ranked 25th in the world for psychology*, attracting award-winning staff and competitive funding for research and innovation.

State of the art facilities

Our teaching facilities include world-leading behavioural neuroscience and cognitive testing laboratories that allow you to design and implement your own psychological research and independently analyse cognition and brain function. 

Most employable graduates^

The UNSW School of Psychology has strong links with professional neuropsychology practitioners and organisations including the National Comprehensive Dementia Hub at Prince of Wales Hospital. You can grow your network while you study and leverage our partnerships to find a rewarding job after graduation.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject

^Most Employable Graduates, AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards in 2020, 2021, 2022 & 2023.

Program Code
8266
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
  • To be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed a 6-year APAC accredited sequence of study in psychology, including a major research thesis. All degrees must be submitted as part of your direct application to confirm your study sequence.  

    All applicants must currently be registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia with Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational and Developmental Psychology or equivalent.  

    As part of your application, you must provide:

    • A brief (3-page max) professional curriculum vitae/resume including relevant psychological practice, both paid and volunteer, with a brief outline of duties.
    • A completed copy of the School of Psychology's Supplementary Application Form. Once completed, please save a copy of the form and upload it to your Apply Online application.
    • A 1-page biopsychosocial case formulation for a de-identified client (or hypothetical client) with cognitive dysfunction. 

    In addition, you will need at least two professional referee reports. Your referees will submit these reports directly to the  Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System. This is not submitted as part of your application to UNSW. 

  • Applicants must:

    All applicants, domestic and international, are encouraged to use AHPRA’s Pathways diagram for all professions (under ‘Additional resources’) to guide their understanding of AHPRA’s requirements.

    • You’ll need to provide proof of registration and endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia in your application. You can download a copy of your Certificate of Registration from the  Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which shows your current registration and endorsement area. 
    • Students with an overseas psychology qualification(s) must have their qualification(s) assessed by the  Australian Psychological Society (APS) to determine the qualification(s) equivalency to an Australian psychology degree prior to submitting their application to UNSW. 
    • Applicants will be selected competitively based on interview and assessment processes.
    • Term 1 is the only available intake for this program.
  • To be eligible, applicants must have successfully completed a 6-year APAC accredited sequence of study in psychology, including a major research thesis. All degrees must be submitted as part of your direct application to confirm your study sequence.  

    All applicants must currently be registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia with Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Educational and Developmental Psychology or equivalent.  

    As part of your application, you must provide:

    • A brief (3-page max) professional curriculum vitae/resume including relevant psychological practice, both paid and volunteer, with a brief outline of duties.
    • A completed copy of the School of Psychology's Supplementary Application Form. Once completed, please save a copy of the form and upload it to your Apply Online application.
    • A 1-page biopsychosocial case formulation for a de-identified client (or hypothetical client) with cognitive dysfunction. 

    In addition, you will need at least two professional referee reports. Your referees will submit these reports directly to the  Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System. This is not submitted as part of your application to UNSW. 

  • Applicants must:

    All applicants, domestic and international, are encouraged to use AHPRA’s Pathways diagram for all professions (under ‘Additional resources’) to guide their understanding of AHPRA’s requirements.

    • You’ll need to provide proof of registration and endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia in your application. You can download a copy of your Certificate of Registration from the  Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), which shows your current registration and endorsement area. 
    • Students with an overseas psychology qualification(s) must have their qualification(s) assessed by the  Australian Psychological Society (APS) to determine the qualification(s) equivalency to an Australian psychology degree prior to submitting their application to UNSW. 
    • Applicants will be selected competitively based on interview and assessment processes.
    • Term 1 is the only available intake for this program.

Program structure

The Master of Clinical Neuropsychology comprises six courses; three academic and three professional. In each term, you’ll complete one academic and one professional practice course, with intake in Term 1 only. 

Throughout the program, you’ll complete coursework on the topics of disruptions, lifespan and interventions, totalling 18 units of credit (UOC). In line with identified health service priority areas, our program places particular focus on topics associated with aging and interventions. You’ll also take part in supervised professional practice where you'll work with real patients to assess and develop treatment plans, contributing a total of 30 UOC. 

The program has been designed with the needs of working clinicians in mind. Academic courses combine asynchronous lectures with case based weekly tutorials, some of which can be attended virtually or in person. Professional practice entails practical workshops and field placements. At least one field placement must be completed in Sydney but some remote placement may also be available.

Full program structure

This one-year full-time or two-year part-time degree includes a combination of coursework and supervised professional practice. Students must successfully complete a total of 48 units of credit (UOC) to graduate.

  • Students will complete a total of 18 UOC in coursework, where you’ll develop knowledge of the discipline, learn to critically evaluate evidence and gain the analytical and communication skills to work in a clinical neuropsychology practice.

    • PSYC7240 Clinical Neuropsychology 1: Disruptions – 6 UOC
    • PSYC724 Clinical Neuropsychology 2: Lifespan – 6 UOC
    • PSYC7242 Clinical Neuropsychology 3: Interventions – 6 UOC
  • Students will participate in supervised clinical practice, working to assess and treat a range of conditions. You’ll develop and complete a capstone or research project that demonstrates high-level critical thinking, research design, implementation, analysis and communication in your chosen area of clinical neuropsychology. 

    Core courses:

    • PSYC7237 Neuropsychology Professional and Ethical Practice 1 (NPEP1) – 6 UOC
    • PSYC7238 Neuropsychology Professional and Ethical Practice 2 (NPEP2) – 12 UOC
    • PSYC7239 Neuropsychology Professional and Ethical Practice 3 (NPEP3) – 12 UOC

Future careers

The Master of Clinical Neuropsychology provides a pathway to gain endorsement as a clinical neuropsychologist from the PsyBA. As a fully-endorsed clinical neuropsychologist, you’ll gain access to a range of career opportunities within the field of neuropsychology. 

You’ll be able to work in a variety of clinical settings, helping patients manage and minimise the impacts of developmental, neuropsychiatric, neurological and degenerative disorders. We’re experiencing increasing demand for qualified clinical neuropsychologists as a result of our aging population and improved NDIS funding to support the daily living skills of individuals with a cognitive impairment. Your combined clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology training will provide a unique advantage in the job market and allow you to take up a variety of positions.

Jobs in clinical neuropsychology:

  • Clinical neuropsychologist
  • Clinical pediatric neuropsychologist
  • Neuropsychology researcher or academic
  • Director of a neuropsychology practice

Accreditation

This program is seeking accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a sixth year of study, leading to registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible for Associate Membership with the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN). 

After completing a further 18 months of supervised practice (the Clinical Psychology Registrar Program), you can apply to the PsyBA for full membership and endorsement as a clinical neuropsychologist.

How to apply

Applications open on 1 August and close on 31 October. The application process is the same for domestic and international applicants.

Before you apply, please:

  1. Review the program entry in the University Handbook
  2. Review the "important information" under the "entry requirements tab" on this page
  3. Review the program’s Inherent Requirements, available on the School’s website
  4. Review the postgraduate coursework FAQs

Ready to start your application?

Applications open on 1 August and close on 31 October. The application process is the same for domestic and international applicants.

Before you apply, please:

  1. Review the program entry in the University Handbook
  2. Review the "important information" under the "entry requirements tab" on this page
  3. Review the program’s Inherent Requirements, available on the School’s website
  4. Review the postgraduate coursework FAQs
  5. Read the step-by-step guide to applying

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$38,000*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$38,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review (or when required) by the University and may vary accordingly.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the program. The indicative fees listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$52,500*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$53,500*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

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