Take the next step towards a professional career as a registered clinical psychologist. You’ll graduate with the tools for diagnosing, assessing and treating people with a range of psychological issues or disorders.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Research
Award
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration (Full Time)
2 Year(s)

Overview

Gain the knowledge, skills and accreditation required to work as a clinical psychologist in hospitals, community health and other clinical settings.

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) program began in 1971. It focuses on adult, adolescent and child clinical psychology as well as neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. In addition to coursework, you’ll complete a research thesis, in the form of a scholarly journal article, on a topic relevant to clinical or abnormal psychology.

You’ll develop a broad range of psychological expertise based on academic knowledge, research abilities and clinical skills. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be equipped to diagnose, assess and treat people with psychological issues and disorders.  

Key features

  • Professional accreditation
    This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the fifth and sixth years of study, leading to registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). When you graduate, you’ll be eligible for Associate Membership with the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. After completing a further two years of supervised practice (the Clinical Psychology Registrar Program), you can apply to the PsyBA for full membership and endorsement as a clinical psychologist.
  • Clinical experience 
    This master’s degree involves supervised clinical practice within the UNSW Psychology Clinic as well as clinic and field placements. You’ll gain experience working with children, adolescents and adults with acute and chronic difficulties. Placement options include adult mental health, psychiatry, medical psychology, child and family and general community health.
  • Study approach
    The program’s theoretical orientation has primarily been one of experimental empiricism. The clinical component adheres to the scientist-practitioner model for clinical training. The program uses cognitive-behavioural approaches as the foundation for understanding and managing clinical problems.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Study with the best
The UNSW School of Psychology is one of the best in Australia. We’re ranked 24th in the world for psychology*, attracting award-winning staff and offering excellence and innovation in our teaching. The School of Psychology has strong links with professional practitioners in the areas of clinical, neuropsychological and forensic psychology.

Prepare for professional practice
You’ll begin seeing clients in your first year of study. This program includes a professional practice component, where you’ll complete a minimum of 1,000 supervised practicum hours within the UNSW Psychology Clinic and in at least two other field placement settings. Clinic work involves seeing both adult and child clients for therapy and psychometric assessments. This practical experience will build your confidence as a healthcare professional and expose you to a wide range of client groups and clinical settings. 

Learn from industry-leading educators
You come to university to learn from the experts – researchers who are leaders in their fields, striving to create new knowledge. The School of Psychology is well known for its research tradition. Many of our staff have international reputations in their respective fields and a number are Fellows of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences. Our staff attract several million dollars in external research funds per year. Our staff publications receive more citations than any other psychology department in Australia and we have one of the highest rates of PhD graduations in psychology of any Australian university. We earn more competitive research funding and publish more Tier 1 journal articles per academic than any other psychology school in Australia.

Access cutting-edge facilities
Our teaching facilities include world-leading behavioural neuroscience laboratories and cognitive testing laboratories running specialist software that will allow you to design/implement your own psychological research and analyse/interpret the data you collect. You’ll also gain access to laboratories for the analysis of cognition and brain function, including electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and eye-tracking.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

 

Program Code
8256
CRICOS Code
001934A
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
96
Indicative Enrolments
15

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Entry requirements

The minimum entrance requirement is completion of a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, including a major research thesis, completed within the last ten years with Honours Class 1 (85%) or equivalent.

Psychology qualifications from overseas must include a major research thesis/project and must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as equivalent to a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology completed in Australia. Please note you must have your qualification assessed before you submit an application. 

As the number of places available each year is limited, entry into this program is competitive. Selection is based on academic qualifications, two referee reports and performance at an interview. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in an interview - remote participation may be permitted in limited circumstances. Invitations are usually made on a rolling basis from around mid-November and in some instances may be made with only a few days' notice. Interviews are typically held during the last week of November and/or the first week of December. 

Enrolled students must register as provisional psychologists prior to program commencement and registration must be maintained for the duration of your enrolment. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant registration standards for the psychology profession. You must meet these requirements before an application for registration as a provisional psychologist can be approved. 

Note: Priority will be given to applicants for the combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical) program.  

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

The minimum entrance requirement is completion of a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, including a major research thesis, completed within the last ten years with Honours Class 1 (85%) or equivalent.

Psychology qualifications from overseas must include a major research thesis/project and must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as equivalent to a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology completed in Australia. Please note you must have your qualification assessed before you submit an application. 

As the number of places available each year is limited, entry into this program is competitive. Selection is based on academic qualifications, two referee reports and performance at an interview. Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in an interview - remote participation may be permitted in limited circumstances. Invitations are usually made on a rolling basis from around mid-November and in some instances may be made with only a few days' notice. Interviews are typically held during the last week of November and/or the first week of December. 

Enrolled students must register as provisional psychologists prior to program commencement and registration must be maintained for the duration of your enrolment. Applicants should familiarise themselves with the relevant registration standards for the psychology profession. You must meet these requirements before an application for registration as a provisional psychologist can be approved. 

Note: Priority will be given to applicants for the combined PhD/Master of Psychology (Clinical) program.  

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) focuses on adult, adolescent and child clinical psychology, neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation. It’s made up of three key components: coursework, professional practice and a research thesis.

Full program structure

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) can be completed in two years of full-time study. Please note that this program of study is very intense. Professional practice activities, in particular, are time consuming and not limited to particular hours. It’s not possible to complete the program part-time while working full-time.

Future careers

Clinical psychology is an ideal career path for people who enjoy working with and caring for others. At UNSW Science, our graduates demonstrate skills in assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of problems at an individual and group level.

Clinical psychologists work in a range of settings including: 

  • counselling centres 
  • independent or group practices 
  • hospitals
  • clinics
  • rehabilitation 
  • universities and schools.

The number of available jobs is increasing - within the next five years, job openings are expected to increase by 30%, which means that each year, 7,600 new jobs will be generated.*

*Job Outlook

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the fifth and sixth years of study, leading to registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). When you graduate, you’ll be eligible for Associate Membership with the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. After completing a further two years of supervised practice (the Clinical Psychology Registrar Program), you can apply to the PsyBA for full membership and endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

Our alumni

"I am extremely grateful to have studied the Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree at UNSW. The staff involved in the degree are some of the top academics and clinicians in the field. Learning from people of such high calibre meant that I felt well positioned to begin my journey as a practicing Psychologist once I had graduated. I also really enjoyed the small student to teacher ratio. Throughout the degree this meant that I was able to receive consistent individualised feedback on my work that allowed me to develop my professional identity as a clinician."

Luke Brock

Clinical Psychology Registrar

"Completing the Masters of Clinical Psychology at UNSW allowed me to gain the clinical training, experience and confidence to go out and practice as a psychologist in a wide range of clinical roles. I went on to work in public hospitals, private hospitals and private practice settings. I saw a range of different clients and worked with various health professionals which has shaped me to be the clinician I am today. I now also supervise early career psychologists and have opened up my own private practice. The Masters program was such a strong foundation for me to build everything else on, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to have had that training."

Natasha Herbert

Clinical Psychologist

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal along with your supporting documentation.

The supporting documentation required for this program are as follows:

• a completed Supplementary Application Form

• evidence of enrolment in (or official completion of) a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology (or international equivalent)

• a copy of your CV

• a copy of your APS assessment letter

You will also be required to submit two references. Your nominated referees will need to submit their references directly to the School of Psychology using a reference-management service provided by HODSPA (Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia). More information about this service can be found at https://www.psychologyreference.org/ (registration required, fee applicable).

For further details on the application process, please refer to the Master of Psychology Application Guide.

Please note that applicants wishing to be considered for both the stand-alone master’s program and the combined PhD/master’s program must submit two applications - one coursework (master’s) application (as outlined above) and one research application. The Graduate Research School’s website provides a detailed application guide for all research programs.

Ready to apply?

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal along with your supporting documentation.

The supporting documentation required for this program are as follows:

• a completed Supplementary Application Form

• evidence of enrolment in (or official completion of) a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology (or international equivalent)

• a copy of your CV

• a copy of your APS assessment letter

You will also be required to submit two references. Your nominated referees will need to submit their references directly to the School of Psychology using a reference-management service provided by HODSPA (Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia). More information about this service can be found at https://www.psychologyreference.org/ (registration required, fee applicable).

For further details on the application process, please refer to the Master of Psychology Application Guide.

Please note that applicants wishing to be considered for both the stand-alone master’s program and the combined PhD/master’s program must submit two applications - one coursework (master’s) application (as outlined above) and one research application. The Graduate Research School’s website provides a detailed application guide for all research programs.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$31,200*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$63,360*

*There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

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 you enrol in, 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.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$44,640*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$91,760*

*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 you enrol in, 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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At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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I chose psychology as I was interested in understanding the ‘whys’ that underlie human behaviour.
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