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 (focused on a Master’s Thesis project of original research and culminating in a written report of at least 5000 words). This degree is primarily designed to be the basic professional qualification in clinical psychology, but can also form the basis of a career in other areas in psychology and outside the discipline. Within psychology graduates from this program have gone to work as clinical psychologists, counsellors, forensic psychologists, neuropsychologists, health psychologists, organisational psychologists, sports psychologists, and Psychology-relevant positions within diverse sectors such as the public service and non-government organisations (NGOs).

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. The project will culminate in the submission and examination of an MCP thesis, taking the form of a journal article manuscript of at least 5000 words (with no maximum length). Students will begin work on their thesis project at the beginning of the first year in the Clinical Program and it is due for submission by 31 January of the year following their second year.

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

International applications are open now. Please see below application information for how to apply.

Domestic applications for the MCP program open the first Wednesday in September via UAC

STAGE 1 applications are submitted (complete by 30 September);
STAGE 2 complete and eligible applications are considered at the Clinical Committee Meeting (November);
STAGE 3 successful potential applicants will be invited for an interview by a clinical panel (late November/early December);
STAGE 4 successful applicants will be offered a place in the program (early-late December)


Admission Requirements

  • The equivalent to an Honours degree in Psychology at the Second Class Honours – Upper level or higher (First Class Honours or equivalence is often required) or its international equivalent or,
  • a fourth year Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, however the Diploma must:
    1. be of an Honours standard
    2. contain a substantial research methodology component; and
    3. be accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. 
  • All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission requirements for students

Applicants with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study. Further information is detailed below in the application information.

Additional factors considered in assessing applications are previous relevant experience, availability of supervision for research component and written application. The Clinical Committee will invite prospective students to a personal interview prior to making a final decision on admission.

Eligibility for conditional registration as an intern psychologist with the Psychologist's Registration Board of the Australian Capital Territory is a condition of entry into the School of Psychology's Clinical Program. Other entry qualifications need to be assessed for their compliance with the above-mentioned standards.


  • The completion of an undergraduate course(s) in abnormal psychology (or equivalent) is a strongly recommended, but not required, for entry into the Clinical Program
  • The completion of undergraduate courses in the areas of psychometrics, personality and health psychology are also highly recommended. 
  • Some competence in statistics and research methodology is required, as is typically demonstrated by the successful completion of an Honours research thesis, given the considerable research component in each of the clinical degrees.

International and Domestics applications are open now. Please see application information below for how to apply.

Application information

Applications for the Master of Clinical Psychology program at ANU are considered after the 30 September each year and over a four stage process.

A complete application contains the following information:

  Item Details
1 MCP Application form (completed online) via the ‘APPLY’ button on the ANU website or if a domestic applicant can apply through UAC
2 Transcripts and Testamurs Scanned official academic transcripts and testamurs in colour
3 Curriculum Vitae Please ensure this is up to date
4 English Language Proficiency Evidence All applicants whether domestic or international, must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the minimum requirements for admission. The English Language Requirements for Students policy outlines approved methods for meeting the English requirements.
5 2 Referee forms

Please contact your referees well in advance to ensure that your application is complete by 30 September 2018.

When you apply online at ANU and provide the contact information for your referees, they will be sent a request to complete an online reference for you. This system is automated so that it will send reminder emails automatically to your referees until they complete the referee form. Alternatively you can opt to access the National referee system offered by Psychology Reference. The Reference Request System allows applicants for Australian post-graduate programs in Psychology to apply for a reference from academic and /or professional referees and for these references to be shared with the nominated institutions. For further information regarding this system please visit

6 Personal Statement All applicants to submit 200-300 word support statement outlining why you wish to undertake a program of study in clinical psychology at the ANU.
7 Supplementary form  
8 Australia Psychological Society qualification assessment (APS Assessment)

*Please note this can take approximately 2 months – if studied in Australia this is not required.*

*The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for the assessment of academic qualifications in psychology for the purpose of migration. The APS assesses the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are comparable to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study in psychology. A fee is applicable for this service, which is for people who are seeking to:

  • Migrate to Australia under the General Skills Migration Categories;
  • Apply for registration or work as a psychologist in Australia; or
  • Apply for entry into an APAC-accredited course in psychology at an Australian university.

Please ensure that you have provided all the required documentation in your application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Further information for the Master of Clinical Psychology program can be viewed on programs and courses at the following link:

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:  11 December 2018/Responsible Officer:  Director, RSP/Page Contact:  Web Admin, RSP