Taught course

Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

University of Melbourne · University of Melbourne

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Entry requirements

Admission into the professional Masters programs is via competitive selection.

Eligible applicants for the Professional Training programs must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC accredited sequence in psychology (or equivalent) in the last 10 years, and be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist. An exception may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board continuing professional development requirements seeking to gain a professional postgraduate qualification.

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must:

  • Have completed an APAC accredited four-year undergraduate sequence in psychology, namely a three-year major in psychology as part of an undergraduate degree plus a fourth year Honours specialisation in psychology, with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) or equivalent in the last 10 years
  • Be eligible for registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Satisfy English language requirements (see information for international students below)
  • Provide a personal statement of no more than 500 words
  • Nominate three references using the online form
  • Complete a selection interview (short-listed applicants only)

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Psychology aims to provide a grounding in the theoretical, conceptual and empirical foundations of psychology and the various areas of professional practice, supervised practical experience and research training.

The Clinical Psychology program at The University of Melbourne began in the early 1970's. The program enjoys an excellent reputation and is one of the premier clinical psychology programs in the country. The core objective is to provide graduates with the skills to work as professional clinical psychologists as well as a thorough grounding in the discipline of clinical psychology, particularly in the area of mental illness.

The program aims to produce students with a strong knowledge base in the 'organic' and 'functional' psychopathologies, combined with a high level of skill and acumen in the detection, assessment, and diagnosis and treatment of various psychological conditions. Therapeutic skills are taught primarily within a broad cognitive-behavioural framework within didactic, individual, and group-based clinical contexts. In their first year, all students see adult clients referred to The University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic. In addition, all students undertake second year field placements in adult mental health services and with children and their families at the Royal Children's Hospital and/or in related community treatment services for children and adolescents.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPsychSci
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

University of Melbourne
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