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Master of Clinical Psychology

  • Masters (Coursework)

The course is supported by two full-time clinical psychologists appointed at the level of Associate Professor and a number of both part time and casual appointments.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Duration
2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Course Code
CG17
Study Mode
In person

About this course

The course is supported by two full-time clinical psychologists appointed at the level of Associate Professor and a number of both part time and casual appointments. Clinical psychologists develop skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide range of psychological disorders. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to gain entry to this exciting and challenging career path. The course is grounded in the scientist-practitioner ethos where the building of theoretical knowledge is integrated with the graduated and supported the development of clinical practice skills.

The Master of Clinical Psychology course at CQUniversity is an accredited 5th and 6th-year psychology course that, upon successful completion, allows you to apply for both registrations as a generalist psychologist and enrolment in the relevant registrar courses for endorsement as a clinical psychologist. Completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology also provides you with the opportunity for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

The Master of Clinical Psychology is an intensive two-year course, currently offered internally at the Rockhampton campus. The first year of the course is centred around the Wellness Centre which is the university psychology clinic. This is a busy public clinic where you will have the opportunity to work in a supportive, supervised environment to build practice skills with adult and child therapy and assessment referrals. In the second year of the course as a sixth year student, you extend your clinical practice skills with two external placements. Currently, the course offers student placements at public and private inpatient mental health services, community-based outpatient mental health services, including Child and Family Services, AODS and Aboriginal Health Services. Other student placements are offered with NGO organisations, the local correctional centre, Headspace and Medicare Local.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a completed four-year, or three-year plus a fourth year, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence in Psychology that satisfies the APAC criteria for pre-professional competencies in psychology, and
  • Be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist; or
  • Be a currently registered psychologist who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Entry is competitive with limited places available. To be considered for a place within this course, applicants must supply:

  1. An official academic transcript;
  2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that includes employment, relevant experience, research experience and accomplishments;
  3. A one-page statement outlining expectations of the course, reasons for applying for entry and including qualities that make you a suitable applicant for clinical psychology training. Applicants who are applying on the basis of current registration and CPD should provide details of this. Please use Times New Roman, size 12 font, with 1.5 line spacing;
  4. Two references supplied via Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia (HODSPA) Psychology Reference Portal.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview (face-to-face or via teleconferencing).

All applicants musst meet the requirements outlined in CQUniversity's

English Language Proficiency Requirements Policy and Procedure. Security Requirements

Students will be required to obtain registration as a provisional psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Additional security checks are included in this registration. Students may be asked to undergo additional checks (working with children and criminal history check) to satisfy the requirements of external placement sites. Health Requirements

Students may be asked to meet specific health requirements such as vaccination status to satisfy the requirements of external placement sites.
Assumed KnowledgeNone. Pre-professional competencies in psychology are an eligibility requirement.


Study locations

Rockhampton

Career pathways

Completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology will enable you to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as:

  • public mental health
  • public community health
  • private practice
  • hospital psychology settings
  • educational settings
  • child and adolescent mental health agencies
  • occupational health

You can also explore the range of career options by visiting the Australian Psychological Society website psychology.org.au.