Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Course information for - 2024 entry

Offered at 2 locations

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*

$4120 CSP
$29752 Fee-paying

Start dates
Semester 1 intake: Beginning February 2024
Applications open August 2023
Midyear (Semester 2) intake: Not available


The Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree at ACU is a two year postgraduate course consisting of academic coursework, practical training in assessment, diagnosis and intervention, and completion of a research project.

Successful completion of the course allows registration as a general psychologist and upon completion of an additional period of supervised practice, for area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology with The Psychology Board of Australia.

Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course. See the Courses costs section below, under Fees.

Professional experience

Students must complete 1000 hours of practicum placement in clinical settings with at least 400 hours of face-to-face client contact.

Work placement

During the course, students complete three practicum placements. The first practicum usually occurs in the on-campus training clinic. During this placement students gain experience in assessment, diagnosis and therapy under close individual and group supervision conducted by experienced psychologists. Students must be supervised by a psychologist who is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. During the second year of the course, most students complete two six-month external placements, again under supervision by a fully endorsed Clinical psychologist. Practicum options include placements in health care, community mental health teams, non-governmental and private practice settings.

Professional recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.


Graduates will be well-prepared for work as practitioner psychologists and skilled researchers who work with individuals, families, groups and organisations in a range of institutions and agencies providing psychological and mental health services.

Clinical psychologists often work in:

  • hospitals
  • health care centres
  • community mental health teams
  • private practice
  • academic settings

Course details

Course structure

Course map

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Please note: Course maps are subject to change.

Commencing Semester 1 - Full-time

  • Specified UnitsPSYC621Professional Practice in Psychology10 cp
  • Specified UnitsPSYC638Therapeutic Skills10 cp
  • Specified UnitsPSYC630Psychological Assessment10 cp
  • Specified UnitsPSYC622Practicum Skills10 cp
  • Specialisation Units Clinical StreamPSYC660Adult Clinical Psychology

    (Pre: PSYC621 & PSYC630)

    10 cp
  • Specialisation Units Clinical StreamPSYC661Child Clinical Psychology

    (Pre: PSYC621 & PSYC630)

    10 cp
  • Practicum UnitsPSYC613Practicum A

    (Pre: PSYC621 & PSYC622 & PSYC630 & PSYC638)

    10 cp
  • Specified UnitsPSYC624Evidence-Based Practice for Psychologists10 cp

All units are delivered in On Campus mode, unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in this unit.

Commencing Semester 1 - Part-time (3 years)

All units are delivered in On Campus mode, unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in this unit.

Commencing Semester 1 - Part-time (4 years)

All units are delivered in On Campus mode, unless otherwise indicated in the map.

Prerequisites (Pre:) are other units that you must have passed before enrolling in this unit.

AQF framework

Masters (Coursework) - AQF Level 9

Additional course information

Applications to study individual units within this degree must be approved by the Course Coordinator.

This course is available as a combined degree with the Doctor of Philosophy, subject to the student meeting PhD admission criteria.

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:


i. a Bachelor degree with honours in an accredited Psychology course with minimum of IIA Honours completed in the last 10 years; or

ii. a Bachelor degree with accredited four year major study in Psychology completed in the last 10 years;



i. a Bachelor degree with accredited three year major study in Psychology and satisfactory completion of an additional year of accredited study in psychology, or equivalent, with an overall mark equivalent to IIA Honours completed in the last 10 years; or

ii. qualifications and experience assessed as equivalent by the selection committee;


c. demonstrated suitability to undertake the course as evidenced by satisfactory:

i. academic referee report;

ii. professional referee report; and

iii. for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee;


d. be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist.

Disclaimer: The course entry requirements above are for 2024 Admission.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (see English Language Proficiency).

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.


Further study

Graduates may be eligible to progress to higher degree research programs.

ACU also offers the Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy which combines professional training within clinical psychology with a research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Students interested in this combined degree must first apply for and complete one year of the Master of Psychology (Clinical).


Course costs

Average first year fee*

$4120 CSP
$29752 Fee-paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

Explore your options 


You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Domestic applicants


Apply through ACU

ACU code 1220002821

We have some additional information to help you with the application and assessment process for this psychology course. Read more.


No deferment available.

Staff Profile

Dr Madeleine Fraser

Senior Lecturer, School of Behavioural and Health Sciences

Dr Madeleine Fraser started at the ACU Strathfield campus in 2015. She is the co-ordinator of the Master of Clinical Psychology program on Strathfield campus and supervises Honours and Masters research projects. Dr Fraser was the recipient of the 2017 APS Sydney Branch Outstanding Lecturer in Psychology award and was awarded the 2019 APS Early Career Teaching Award. She also runs the Clinical Psychology Research Lab (CPR lab) with Associate Professor Keong Yap.

A registered psychologist with clinical endorsement, Dr Fraser is a PsyBA accredited supervisor and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Her qualifications include a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Masters of Philosophy at Macquarie University in 2015, and a PhD focused on the clinical application of self-compassion at the University of Sydney in 2021.

Dr Fraser’s research focuses on self-compassion and cultivating a healthy and supportive way of relating to oneself, as opposed to harsh self-criticism. Her research goal is to promote psychological wellbeing through the scientific study and clinical application of self-compassion and healthy ways of self-relating. 


Morgan Nicholson

I chose ACU for the smaller cohorts and the amazing academic staff with extensive practical experience across psychology fields. As a result, I have built strong, lasting relationships with both peers and staff that continue to enhance my university experience. I have completed my entire tertiary education here, from undergraduate to masters, and I could not have chosen a better place to study.

Morgan Nicholson
Master of Psychology (Clinical) student

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