Highlights

  • Integrative psychotherapeutic approach that provides students with a unique flexibility to conceptualise and treat clinical presentations across the lifespan.
  • Graduate eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist in Australia.
  • Learn to conceptualise and treat clinical presentations including relational psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, and systemic narrative therapeutic approaches.
  • Gain experience with an internship at our specialised Psychology and Counselling clinic, and with clinical training in external hospitals, community agencies and mental health settings.
  • Opportunity to complete a study program that combines Master of Clinical Psychology in a partially part-time mode with concurrent, but staggered, completion of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Highlights

  • Integrative psychotherapeutic approach that provides students with a unique flexibility to conceptualise and treat clinical presentations across the lifespan.
  • Graduate eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist in Australia.
  • Learn to conceptualise and treat clinical presentations including relational psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, and systemic narrative therapeutic approaches.
  • Gain experience with an internship at our specialised Psychology and Counselling clinic, and with clinical training in external hospitals, community agencies and mental health settings.
  • Opportunity to complete a study program that combines Master of Clinical Psychology in a partially part-time mode with concurrent, but staggered, completion of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

What to expect

The Master of Clinical Psychology builds upon the latest psychotherapy process and outcome research findings and uses an integrative approach to training students in assessment and treatment of mental health problems and disorders. This approach assists students to develop a flexible and client-focused approach to practice, consistent with contemporary standards for evidence-based practice in clinical psychology.

Students learn to conceptualise and treat clinical presentations using relational psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, and narrative therapeutic approaches. Graduates of this course have the knowledge and competence to provide assessment and treatment across the lifespan.

Combined study program option

Students in this course may be able to complete a study program that combines QUT's Master of Clinical Psychology in a partially part-time mode with concurrent (but staggered) completion of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). This allows students completing the Masters degree to develop their PhD proposal and work towards milestones required for PhD project. The explicit linking of research across the two programs provides a powerful synergy. Contact our psychology course enquiries team to talk about your options.

Download a combined study course flyer (PDF, 231.19KB) for details of the combined program structure.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them. Some of these requirements have associated costs.

Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

This course provides the academic foundation for a career in clinical psychology. Clinical psychologists are employed in a wide range of health and counselling services and are also able to work as independent (private) practitioners. Clinical psychology may also provide a springboard for other careers, subject to additional or complementary training.  

Please note that while successful course completion leads directly to general registration as a psychologist, endorsement as a clinical psychologist requires an additional period of approved supervised practice. Please see http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au for further information

On endorsement, graduates may apply for specialist positions as clinical psychologists and enjoy increased scope of practice and more flexible arrangements under Medicare, when working in private practice settings.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist in Australia. The course meets the accreditation requirements of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists and the Psychology Board of Australia.

Possible careers

  • Change Manager
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counsellor
  • Critical Incident or Disaster Response Manager
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Program Evaluator
  • Psychologist
  • Research Fellow

Details and units

The coursework component of this program provides training on how to assess and diagnose clinical presentations. It provides unique training on how to conceptualise and treat a broad range of child and adult clinical presentations from relational psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, and systemic narrative therapeutic approaches.

Clinical placements begin in the first semester with an internship spanning the first year. Students complete the internship under intense supervision at the specialised Psychology and Counselling Clinic at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus. During the internship, students gain experience in assessing and treating a range of clinical cases across the lifespan.

Once students are deemed competent through the internship, they continue their clinical training with external placements in hospitals, community agencies and a variety of child and adult mental health settings.

To undertake the supervised practice, students need to provide evidence of provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and hold a current blue card as required by the Commission for Children and Young People and Guardian Act (2000).

The coursework component of this program provides training on how to assess and diagnose clinical presentations. It provides unique training on how to conceptualise and treat a broad range of child and adult clinical presentations from relational psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, and systemic narrative therapeutic approaches.

Clinical placements begin in the first semester with an internship spanning the first year. Students complete the internship under intense supervision at the specialised Psychology and Counselling Clinic at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus. During the internship, students gain experience in assessing and treating a range of clinical cases across the lifespan.

Once students are deemed competent through the internship, they continue their clinical training with external placements in hospitals, community agencies and a variety of child and adult mental health settings.

To undertake the supervised practice, students need to provide evidence of provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and hold a current blue card as required by the Commission for Children and Young People and Guardian Act (2000).

Requirements

Course code
PY18
CRICOS code
052769J
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Campus
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
2 years full-time
4 years part-time
Duration
2 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry into this course is competitive and applications have an early closing date of 30 September of the previous year.
Entry
February
Entry into this course is competitive and applications have an early closing date of 30 September of the previous year.

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised four year bachelor degree in psychology completed within the last 10 years with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 6.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale); and

A minimum fourth year psychology units grade point average (GPA) of 6.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale) in your psychology bachelor degree; and

The bachelor degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a four year training (or equivalent) program. For example, QUT's Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology) degree.

Applicants with overseas qualifications must provide certification with their application from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) stating their degree is equivalent to APAC-approved, four year training in psychology. The Australian Psychological Society advises the average processing time is eight weeks, therefore applicants with overseas qualifications need to seek certification by no later than July.

Additional entry requirements

  1. Ask two referees to provide us with confidential reports via the Psychology Reference System.  You will also need to ensure that you have shared these reports with QUT in the Psychology Reference System. 

Please note: This system is the same across many Australian universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active annual subscription. The cost is $25.00 and can be paid for through the "My Account" section in the payment tab.

  1. Completed questionnaire (PDF file, 336 KB); the questionnaire must be provided with your application.
  2. Provide your current CV with your application.
  3. Successful interview, if shortlisted.

Selection Process for Interview

Entry to this course is competitive. Applicants are shortlisted in priority order based on their GPA, referee reports and questionnaire. Shortlisted applicants for the first round will be contacted in late October to attend an in-person interview at the Kelvin Grove campus in early November to assess their interpersonal skills in a clinical context. If required, a second round of in-person interviews will be conducted in late November.

Admission Process

Admission is based on GPA, interview, questionnaire, and referee reports. Mid-November is when first round of offers will be issued to selected interviewed applicants along with notifications to unsuccessful applicants. If you were interviewed and did not receive an outcome in mid-November, your application is being held for consideration in late November/early December should places become available.

Closing date

Closing date is 30 September. Applications, questionnaire, CV and/or (if applicable) APS certification received after this date will not be considered.

Places are limited.  Apply now to ensure your application is considered.

 

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised recognised four year bachelor degree in psychology completed within the last ten years with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 6.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale); and

A minimum fourth year psychology units grade point average (GPA) of 6.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale) in your psychology bachelor degree; and

The bachelor degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a four year training (or equivalent). For example, QUT's Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology) degree.

Applicants with overseas qualifications must provide certification from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) stating their degree is equivalent to APAC-approved, four year training in psychology.

The Australian Psychological Society advises the average processing time is eight weeks, therefore applicants with overseas qualifications need to seek certification by no later than July.

Additional entry requirements

  1. Ask two referees to provide us with confidential reports via the Psychology Reference System and for you to share those reports with QUT by 30 September;
    • This system is the same across many Australian universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active annual subscription. The cost is $25.00 and can be paid for through the "My Account" section in the payment tab.
    • It is recommended that one report be from your fourth-year thesis supervisor.
  2. Successful questionnaire (PDF file, 336 KB)
  3. Successful interview

Additional information

Entry to this course is competitive. Applicants are shortlisted in priority order on the basis of their GPA, referee reports and questionnaire. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in mid-October to attend an in-person interview at the Kelvin Grove campus or via telephone or skype in late October/early November to assess their interpersonal skills in a clinical context. Admission is based on GPA, interview, questionnaire and referee reports.

 

Closing date

Entry into this course is competitive and applications have an early closing date of 30 September of the previous year.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
185 185 185 185 185
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
7 7 7 7 7
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
65 65 65 65 65
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
98 24 24 27 23

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Blue card

This course requires you to have a blue card so you can participate in work placements and experience.

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Blue card

This course requires you to have a blue card so you can participate in work placements and experience.

More about blue card requirements

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $7,200 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $31,600 per year full-time (96 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

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