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Master of Psychology (Clinical)

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) prepares you for professional practice as a registered psychologist.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
H750, 060023G

About this course

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) prepares you for professional practice as a registered psychologist. Make a profound impact on patients' lives by diagnosing and treating mental health conditions, and set yourself up for further training in a specialised area, which can lead to area of practice endorsement.

You have worked hard to get to this point. Ready to gain general registration as a psychologist and reach your full potential?

For those seeking general registration as a psychologist, the Master of Psychology (Clinical) is where you might finish your study journey. Upon graduation, you'll have the skills, experience and qualifications needed to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for general registration. With this in mind, the course is designed to prepare you for the transition from student to professional psychologist. It's also accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), making it a degree that's sought-after by employers across the industry.

The course also provides a pathway to further training in order to gain area of practice endorsement with the PsyBA. An endorsement demonstrates a registered psychologist's high-level knowledge and qualifications in a specialised area, such as clinical psychology or neuropsychology, and can open the door to more advanced roles.

Our clinical psychology teaching team was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence award, and our award-winning teaching strategies and learning resources include simulation and competency-based assessment approaches.

Draw on everything you've learned in your studies, and add layers of new knowledge to become an expert in your field.

Some of the key areas you'll study include:

  • advanced clinical assessment
  • psychological intervention
  • the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions
  • advanced clinical research methods
  • biological and neuropsychological perspectives on disorder
  • issues in professional psychology.

The course exposes you to the many different aspects of clinical psychology, beyond just professional practice. Graduate as a confident, well-rounded psychology professional with training in research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy, and mental health promotion. Tying all of these study areas together is a common thread of evidence-based practice. To create a degree that's truly evidence-led, we've designed the course in consultation with industry partners, ensuring the latest theoretical principles, established knowledge and industry research is embedded within the curriculum.

The extensive practical experience you will gain throughout the course will make your transition into life as a professional psychologist even smoother. Practical learning opportunities allow you to apply your knowledge and skills with real patients in real clinics - invaluable preparation for the challenges of your future career. As a student in our clinical training program, you can work alongside established professionals in psychology clinics within our mental health partner organisations, Eastern Health and Barwon Health. These experiences better prepare you for what lies ahead, they help you to build a professional identity and create networks that support your career development.

Entry into the Master of Psychology (Clinical) is competitive. That's because Deakin is ranked in the top 1% worldwide for psychology^ , and leads all Victorian universities for education experience~ , learning resources and support services# . If you want to join a high-achieving group of students with a shared passion for exploring the human mind and helping others, the Master of Psychology (Clinical) is the course to take your career forward.

Learn more about your career options in psychology.

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~Student Experience Survey 2017, 2018

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Entry requirements

The prerequisite for entry to the course is the completion of a four-year sequence of study in an accredited psychology program which meets national registration requirements and eligibility for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society, or equivalent. The four-year sequence may be either an honours program or the combination of a three-year undergraduate degree including a psychology major and an approved postgraduate program.

Entry will be competitive, based on academic results, referees' reports, relevant work experience, personal statement and interview before a panel of school selection staff. It would normally be expected that applicants will have achieved a minimum Honours grade of H2A or equivalent. Relevant professional experience will be a factor in selection. Equal opportunity guidelines will be observed in all selection procedures.

Applicants should provide certified copies of academic transcripts from all previous tertiary studies undertaken, resume and personal statement.

Applicants must ask two referees to provide us with reports using http://www.psychologyreference.org. Preferred referees include 4th year supervisors and course directors from the applicant's university, however we will also consider other academic referees with working relationships with the applicant within the area of psychology. Applicants are not required to include referee information through the Deakin University direct application portal; they must provide this information through http://www.psychologyreference.org.

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

Career pathways

Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health conditions that range from mild to severe and complex. They are often involved in designing and implementing a diverse range of prevention and mental health promotion programs, and may work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults.

Most clinical psychologists develop expertise in specific areas, or practice in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. In addition to professional practice, clinical psychologists may be involved in research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health in individuals, families and groups.

Course structure

To complete the Master of Psychology (Clinical) students must attain 16 credit points covering three strands: theory, research and practice. Students will complete a minimum of 4 credit points each trimester over two years. All units are core (these are compulsory).

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

Normal University regulation and guidelines pertain to students applying for Recognition of Prior Learning within this program. In all cases credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with maximum credit granted being consistent with university policy.

Recognition of Prior Learning is available to applicants already possessing equivalent units from an APAC accredited Master of Psychology (Clinical) or equivalent degree, completed no more than 10 years previously, and up to the maximum permitted under University regulations. Normally such applicants will be required to complete placements and all additional units needed to make the coursework component comparable with that of Deakin Masters students. In line with APAC 2010 regulations (5.1.11), students will not be given any credit for previous research experience including research higher degrees. Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning can be made in writing addressed to the course chair and including a completed Recognition of Prior Learning application form following enrolment and preferably prior to commencement of studies.