The Master of Clinical Psychology (Advanced Entry) is a 12 month program which will allow you to acquire the knowledge and skills required for the Level 4 professional competencies in clinical psychology as a specialised area of practice, as specified by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). You will undertake advanced training in professional practice, psychological assessment, and clinical intervention. You will also plan, conduct and evaluate a community-based engagement project with a clinical psychology focus. Completion of this degree will prepare you for the Registrar Program to gain an Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Clinical psychologists are employed in a wide range of practice-related fields including outpatient, inpatient, counselling, educational, forensic, health and other settings that focus on assisting people across the lifespan, from children through to elderly. They are also employed in teaching and research settings. Clinical psychologists work in both the private sector and they also are employed in the public sector, including hospitals, government departments and agencies.
Graduates of this degree can work as a registered general psychologist in the public and private sectors, and as a clinical psychologist following completion of the clinical psychology registrar program.
|Duration||1 years full-time or 2 years part-time|
|Credit Points that Must be Earned||48|
|Number of Units Required||CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).|
|Expected Hours of Study||One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.|
|Course Type||Postgraduate Award|
|Qualification (post nominal)||MClinPsych (Adv Entry)|
|AQF Level||Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)|
Indicative Year - 2023
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
Currently hold general registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, and have held this registration for a minimum of 12 months; and
Can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.
Have completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited Master of Professional Psychology or equivalent program, which satisfies the APAC criteria for Level 3 professional competencies in Psychology, and
Be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist.
Entry is competitive with limited places available. To be considered for a place within this course via either of the above options, applicants must supply:
An official academic transcript;
A current resume or curriculum vitae that includes employment, relevant experience, research experience and accomplishments;
A one-page statement outlining expectations of the course, reasons for applying for entry and including qualities that make you a suitable applicant for clinical psychology training. Applicants who are applying on the basis of current registration and CPD should provide details of this. Please use Times New Roman, size 12 font, with double line spacing;
Two references supplied via Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia (HODSPA) Psychology Reference Portal.
Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview (face-to-face or via teleconferencing).
All applicants must meet the requirements outlined in CQUniversity’s English Language Proficiency Requirements Policy and Procedure.
Students will be required to maintain registration as a General or Provisional psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Additional security checks are included in this registration.
Students may be asked to undergo additional checks (working with children and criminal history check) to satisfy the requirements of external placement sites.
Students may be asked to meet specific health requirements such as vaccination status to satisfy the requirements of external placement sites. Students must be able to attend practicum work three days per week (for full-time students) in addition to attending classes.
Applicants must hold current general registration as a psychologist, and have held this registration for at least 12 months, or have completed an APAC accredited Master of Professional Psychology.
|Interim Awards||Not applicable|
|Exit Awards||Not applicable|
No Residential School for this course.
|PSYC21008 - Students are required to undertake clinical work at the university based clinic.|
|PSYC22005 - Students are required to undertake an off-site placement.|
|PSYC22006 - Students are required to undertake an off-site placement.|
|Year||Number of Students|
Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4|
|1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice|
|2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning|
|3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship|
|4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice|
|5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level|
|6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences|
|7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship|
|8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning|
|9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability|
|10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Communicate, interact and collaborate with others effectively in culturally or linguistically diverse contexts in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 7||Total credit points: 48|
Students must be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) for the entire duration of this course.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||CP|
|PSYC21008||Clinic Team II (Internal Practicum)||6|
|PSYC21002||Advanced Clinical Assessment||6|
|PSYC21004||Advanced Clinical Interventions||6|
|PSYC22005||Clinic Team III (External Practicum I)||6|
|PSYC22006||Clinic Team IV (External Practicum 2)||6|
|PSYC22004||Clinical Engagement & Evaluation||12|
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC21008||Clinical Practice 2|
|PSYC21002||Advanced Clinical Assessment|
|PSYC21004||Advanced Clinical Intervention|
|PSYC22002||Health Psychology and Rehabilitation|
|PSYC22005||Clinical Practice 3|
|PSYC22006||Clinic Team IV|
|PSYC22004||Clinical Psychology Engagement and Evaluation Project|
Applications to open 9th August 2023 for CM49, the Master of Clinical Psychology (Advanced Entry). Due to a small number of places, applications will only be open until midnight Monday the 4th September 2023.