Master of Clinical Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: MClinPsy

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1812.1

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 042101C

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 2016 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 2011 - 2015 - 1546.5 Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

The Master of Clinical Psychology is a professional Masters course designed to develop competent clinical psychologists. The course provides a thorough training in the knowledge and skills necessary to understand a range of mental health issues experienced within diverse contexts and to implement a range of effective evidence-based interventions (including cognitive behavioural therapy) that are tailored to clients’ needs and preferences. The scientist-practitioner model of training will be adopted to equip you with specialised competencies through completion of specified coursework, a research project and 1,000 hours of supervised practice in clinical and other appropriate settings.

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

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists (APS).

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. To be considered for admission 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
  • Attend an interview, by invitation, with the School of Psychology.

Applicants, whose degree was completed more than 10 years prior to the year of entry, will not be admitted unless they hold current full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

No deferrals will be accepted for this course.

Academic and Professional Referee Reports

Academic and Professional referee reports are to be provided via the Post-Graduate Programs Reference Request System.

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Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System

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

Additional admission requirements for International applicants

  • IELTS (Academic) - 7.0 overall score with a minimum 6.0 in each subtest
  • TOEFL 600 (Minimum 5.0 in TWE)
  • TOEFL computer based test - 250 (Minimum 5.0 essay writing)
  • TOEFL Internet based test - 100 (writing = 21 and all subtests = 18)

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

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 need to have their applications submitted by 31 October of each year. Applications will then be assessed and if academic and English proficiency criteria are met then students may be offered an interview. Positions for the Master of Clinical Psychology Program will be offered based on criteria including outcomes from academic criteria, English proficiency and the interview. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the international office website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Psychological Society to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements Prerequisites
To be eligible to undertake professional placement, all students must be eligible for: Full or provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; A Criminal Record Check; A National Police Certificate; Prohibited Employment Declaration prior or a Working with Children Check Student Declaration; 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

101810Core Skills and Ethical Practice
102400Assessment: Cognitive Functions
101812Clinical Psychopathology 1
101213Psychological Interventions 1

Spring session

101813Clinical Psychopathology 2
101210Child Clinical Psychology
101214Psychological Interventions 2
101814Clinical Research Methods

2H Session

101815Clinic Placement A

Year 2

Autumn session

101817Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology
101220Clinical Health Psychology

1H session

101816Clinic Placement B
101818Professional Placement 1
101819Professional Placement 2
101820Professional Placement 3
101239Applied Research Project

2H session

101239Applied Research Project
101818Professional Placement 1
101819Professional Placement 2
101820Professional Placement 3

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