Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Course information for - 2024 entry
Offered at 2 locations
Applications for 2024 entry into this program will close on 31 October 2023 for domestic students and 10 October 2023 for international students.
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.
Students must complete 1000 hours of practicum placement in clinical settings with at least 400 hours of face-to-face client contact.
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.
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:
- health care centres
- community mental health teams
- private practice
- academic settings
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.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:
1.i. a Bachelor degree with honours in 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;
2.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; OR
ii. qualifications and experience assessed as equivalent by the selection committee;
3.demonstrated suitability to undertake the course as evidenced by satisfactory:
ii. professional referee report; AND
for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee;
4.be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist.
If the Bachelor degree was completed outside of Australia, applicants must seek an ‘Assessment of Overseas Qualifications’ from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) to confirm that it is equivalent to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three-year sequence in psychology. Evidence of this must be submitted with the application.
Applicants must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy and 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).
Entry is on a competitive basis. All applicants are ranked in October the year prior to admission before being considered for an offer in early December.
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).
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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).
- Unit fee: $3666
- Average first year fee: $29328
- Estimate total cost: $58656
The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. Fees are reviewed annually.
Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.
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.
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.
How to apply
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No deferment available.
Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.
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.