Courses & Details

Program Code 11534
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 050539F
Contributing Schools and Faculties
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Further Information

Referee’s Report – Academic

Referee’s Report – Professional/Clinical

The links provided under "Further Information" are to be read in addition to the approved program documentation, detailed below.


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-practicioner’ 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?

We believe your life should be enhanced by your learning, not hampered by it. That’s why we’ve produced a program that’s flexible, allowing you to balance work and family commitments. With classes being offered one day per week, with two days a week dedicated to clinical placements, it may be possible to both study and earn a part-time living. In fact, many of our students are employed as part-time psychologists. If you’re looking for rapid completion, then the full-time on campus nature of the program is the perfect option. Alternatively our part-time on campus option caters for those with heavier commitments.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Applicants 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 here.

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, visit the University’s credit website and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

The Pro Vice Chancellor, on the recommendation of the Faculty Board, may grant credit for coursework units if; (a) they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding components of the Masters program, and (b) they were completed within the previous five years in a program accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

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.

Professional Accreditation

This degree program is 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 our International Students website 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 of $AUD 600, 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.

Additional Support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program,  contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility  before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

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

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: .

To qualify for admission to 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 project must make an original contribution to scientific knowledge and must address a topic relevant to Clinical Psychology. 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

For students who have commenced this program prior to 2011, you are advised to contact your Program Officer or Program Convenor to discuss individual transition arrangements.

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
PSYC6501 Professional and Ethical Practice Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6502 Counselling and Clinical Intervention Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6503 Clinical Psychology with Adults Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6504 Psychology Clinic Placement Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6505 Research Development Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6506 Clinical Psychology with Children and Families Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6507 Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6508 Psychology Placement 2 Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6509 Advanced Clinical Psychology with Adults Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6510 Advanced Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6511 Research Project 1 Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6512 Psychology Placement 3 Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6513 Clinical Psychology of Special Groups: Intellectual Disabilities/Older Adults Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6516 Psychology Placement 4 Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6530 Clinical Research Project (Masters Final) Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2018 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6601 Health and Psychology Semester 2 - 2018 (DIST_CAL) 10 units
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