Master of Clinical Psychology

The Master of Clinical Psychology is a two year (full-time) program of coursework, clinical placements (1,000 hours) and a research project (12,000 words). This program is primarily designed as the basic professional qualification in clinical psychology and provides graduate clinical training that prepares clinical psychologists to practise in a range of clinical settings such as hospitals, community health centres and private practice.

The Master of Clinical Psychology program aims to develop effective clinical competencies and to encourage a critical approach to the application of these competencies to practice. The emphasis is on a science-based approach to clinical psychology and the development of clinical problem solving skills, with a focus on scientific evidence combined with practical experience based on the theory of clinical psychology.

All students undertaking the Master of Clinical Psychology program are required to conduct an approved empirical research project. This includes two written components. The first component comprises a review of the relevant literature, while the second component presents the empirical project in the form of a journal article manuscript.

Beginning in June/July of their first year, students undertake supervised clinical practice in the ANU Psychology Clinic. Subsequently they undertake two or more supervised clinical placements external to ANU. Internships are undertaken, in addition to the ANU Psychology Clinic, in a variety of community and hospital based settings within Canberra or nearby country areas, and include community health centres, general hospital, psychiatric and medical units, neurology and neuropsychology services, veterans' counselling services, alcohol and drug services and school counselling units.

Please note that the closing date for applications is 30 September each year


Career prospects

The Master of Clinical Psychology program is accredited for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). It is also accredited for membership of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society though, as with all accredited postgraduate clinical programs, a further two years supervised clinical practice may be necessary before full membership is given, depending on past clinical experience. In addition, this program fulfils the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia.

Updated:  25 February 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSP/Page Contact:  Web Admin, RSP