Courses & Details

Program Code 12380
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
Locations
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 050539F
Contributing Schools and Faculties
Admission Instructions:

How to apply as a:

Program Award Rules and Schedules
Mode of delivery Face to Face

Description

The Master of Clinical Psychology is a professional qualification for those who wish to work as clinical psychologists. Graduates will be knowledgeable, skilled and ethical practitioners of Clinical Psychology, capable of adhering to the ‘scientist-practitioner’ model of practice. The program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and approved by the College of Clinical Psychologists for the purposes of determining College membership, and accepted by the Psychology Board of Australia as an approved fifth and sixth year of study.

Why study with us?

The program team are all experienced clinicians with a wide range of clinical experiences including children & adolescence mental health, trauma and adult mental health.  We also utilize the expertise of local practitioners who enhance our program. Classes are offered in a variety of teaching modes including: face-to-face, distance and intensive.  If you’re looking for rapid completion, then the full-time program is the perfect option. A full-time student can expect taught courses, placements and research to utilize 40 hours per week over five days. Alternatively our part-time on campus option caters for those with heavier commitments and is a 1/2 load at 20 hours week.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit ESOS@newcastle.edu.au.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). When lodging an application for this program please quote the relevant code:

  • For Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) - 927805
  • For Full Fee Paying Place - 927806.

Admission to the degree would be available to graduates who meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence in psychology, which has been completed in the last 10 years, with an upper second class Honours (2A) or above, or an overall GPA above 6.0 in the 4th year component of a non Honours program; or be a currently registered psychologist with the PsyBA who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements; and
  • Eligibility for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; and
  • Satisfy the School of Psychology of their suitability for the professional practice of Clinical Psychology. When evaluating suitability, the School will take into account previous relevant experience, reports of referees, units of study previously completed, and the outcome of a selection interview. Selection criteria will also be based on applicants demonstrating a clear understanding of Clinical Psychology and the areas in which a Clinical Psychologist might work Desirable criteria include research experience additional to Honours and involvement with professional organisations (e.g APAC)

Applications close: Friday, 3 October 2014.

Students must also submit a Portfolio - please read the following Guidelines for Portfolio Submission: http://gradschool.edu.au/uploads/content/programs/pdfs/Guideline-for-Portfolio-MClinPsyc_2014.pdf

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Portfolio: All applicants are required to submit a professional portfolio directly to the University in addition to the application lodged through UAC. The professional portfolio must include an application cover letter, a resume, and appropriate attachments. The attachments will include reports from referees and certified copies of university transcripts.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

Credit Transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Credit may be granted for coursework courses if they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding courses in the Master of Clinical Psychology program and they were completed within the previous five years* in a program accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with University policy.

Compulsory Industrial Experience/Placement

The approval guidelines of the College of Clinical Psychologists (of the Australian Psychological Society) stipulate that students must spend at least 1000 hours in clinical placements. This requirement will be met with four of the courses within the program being devoted to clinical placements.

Professional Accreditation

This degree program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and approved by the College of Clinical Psychologists for the purpose of determining eligibility for membership of the College.

International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.

It is a requirement of the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) that all non-Australian qualifications, including qualifications from New Zealand, are assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for assessment of overseas academic qualifications in psychology. For a fee, the APS determines the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are equivalent to an Australian program of study that has been accredited by the Society.

A telephone interview may be offered, but international students are asked to arrange access to a computer with a webcam and SKYPE. International students are asked to include on their letter of application a SKYPE address and the landline telephone number that they will be contactable on during the interview period.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

The Master of Clinical Psychology program is an extended Masters degree that requires the completion of 240 units which normally equates to three years full time study. However, students are admitted to the program upon the completion of 4 years of an APAC accredited sequence in Psychology and will receive credit for the first year or 80 units of courses.

Students admitted with full credit will require two years full-time or four years part-time study. Students commence studies in February. Please refer to the Term dates on the University website at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-students/study-essentials/key-dates .

To qualify for the award of the Master of Clinical Psychology, a candidate shall satisfactorily complete a program of study totalling not less than 160 units, comprising: Four Clinical Placements (40 units), three Research and Research-related courses (30 units), and nine Compulsory taught courses (90 units).

The placements are available in a wide range of settings and the placement supervisors are all qualified Clinical Psychologists who are eligible for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. One of the four placements will be in the Psychology Clinic of the University of Newcastle.

One of the research courses is a taught course on research methods while the other two comprise an individual research project undertaken under supervision.

The remaining taught courses include professional and ethical practice, counselling and clinical interventions, clinical neuropsychology, health psychology, and the clinical psychology of adults, children, older adults, and people with intellectual disabilities.

Transition Arrangements

All current students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology (Program Code 11534) will be offered the opportunity to transition to the new AQF-compliant program (Program Code 12380). There is no change in admission criteria from the previous program (11534) to the new program (12380), therefore all students who transition from the previous program (11534) into the new program (12380) will be eligible for entry to the new program with recognition of prior learning equivalent to the first year (80 units) of the new program plus any credit for courses completed in the previous program.

Compulsory Program Requirements – Review of Progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

Course Information

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
PSYC4000 Advanced Methodology Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC4100 Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC4200 Pre-Professional Psychology 4 Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC4800 Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC6501 Professional and Ethical Practice Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6502 Counselling and Clinical Intervention Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6503 Clinical Psychology with Adults Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6504 Psychology Clinic Placement Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6505 Research Development Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6506 Clinical Psychology with Children and Families Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6507 Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment Not currently offered 10 units
PSYC6508 Psychology Placement 2 Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6509 Advanced Clinical Psychology with Adults Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6510 Advanced Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6511 Research Project 1 Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6512 Psychology Placement 3 Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6513 Clinical Psychology of Special Groups: Intellectual Disabilities/Older Adults Not currently offered 10 units
PSYC6516 Psychology Placement 4 Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6530 Clinical Research Project (Masters Final) Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6601 Health and Psychology Semester 1 - 2015 (DIST_CAL) 10 units

Graded Honours and Ungraded Honours Route

Graded Honours Route: Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option.

Code Name Availability Units
PSYC4803A Psychology Graded Honours Thesis Part A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC4803B Psychology Graded Honours Thesis Part B Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
30 units
PSYC4800 Critical review and analysis of specialised research topic Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units

Ungraded Honours Route: Complete the following courses to fulfil the requirements of this option.

Code Name Availability Units
PSYC4816A Psychology Ungraded Honours Thesis Part A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC4816B Psychology Ungraded Honours Thesis Part B Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
30 units
PSYC4810 Critical Review of Advanced Research Topic Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
Table Of Contents Print TOC
Table of Contents
        Print Print Print