Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Approved Abbreviation: MPsy(ClinPsy)

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1546.5

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 042101C

Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2011 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

Commencement Year 2010 - 1546.4 Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Commencement Year 2006 to 2009 - 1546.3 Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Commencement Year 2004 and 2005 - 1546.2 Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Commencement Year 2001 to 2003 - 1546.1 Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

The Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) is a fee-paying professional masters course designed to develop competent clinical psychologists. The course provides a thorough training in the knowledge and skills necessary to understand dysfunctional behaviour and psychopathology, and to implement effective evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy. Students learn to become specialist practitioners in the scientist/practitioner mode through completion of specified coursework, a research project, and 1000 hours of supervised practice in clinical and other appropriate settings.

Study Mode
Two years full-time or four years part-time.

Course Advice



CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course that you must meet in order to complete your course and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this course online.

Inherent Requirements


Applicants will be subject to competitive selection based on academic excellence, interview, external referees' reports, and consideration of professional experience. An indicative academic achievement based on entry in previous years is a grade point average of 5.5 or higher, or an undergraduate honours level of class 2 upper level (2A or 2.1 Honours).

Applicants must:

  • Hold an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year undergraduate Psychology degree or equivalent.
  • Be eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Arrange for completion and submission of referees reports to UWS.
  • Attend an interview, by invitation, with the School of Social Sciences and Psychology.

Applicants without current full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia will not be admitted to this course if their degree was completed more than 10 years prior to year of entry.

No deferrals will be accepted for this course.

Additional information for successful applicants:

There are some additional requirements you must meet before you can start your Clinical work as detailed in the Western Sydney University special requirements website.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
To be eligible to undertake professional placement, all students must be eligible for: 1. Full or provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. 2. A Criminal Record Check. 3. A National Police Certificate. 4. Prohibited Employment Declaration or a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. 5. Child Protection training seminar.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

101810.2Core Skills and Ethical Practice
101811.2Psychological Assessment
101812.2Clinical Psychopathology 1
101213.3Psychological Interventions 1

Spring session

101813.2Clinical Psychopathology 2
101210.3Child Clinical Psychology
101214.3Psychological Interventions 2
101814.2Clinical Research Methods

2H Session

101815.2Clinic Placement A

Year 2

Autumn session

101817.3Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology
101220.2Clinical Health Psychology


101816.1Clinic Placement B
101818.5Professional Placement 1
101819.3Professional Placement 2
101820.3Professional Placement 3
101239.3Applied Research Project

2H session

101239.3Applied Research Project
101818.5Professional Placement 1
101819.3Professional Placement 2
101820.3Professional Placement 3

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