Master of Psychology

Course Code





Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a first or second class honours degree from a course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society or equivalent qualification from an overseas institution; or

Completion of four year degree or a postgraduate diploma from a course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society, achieved at a level at least equivalent to a second class honours degree; or

Adequate experience and/or training and academic competence to succeed in the course.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule I of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements

Candidates must satisfy the Selection Committee as to their personal suitability for a professional career in psychology.

Special admission requirements

Applications are considered by a Selection Committee comprising the Head of the School of Psychology, the Director of Professional Programs and at least one other member of the Psychology staff.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules

The research component of the course shall be managed in compliance with the University Requirements - Masters by Research.

Additional completion requirements

Candidates may be excluded from continuing if they are awarded less than a Pass grade on two occasions during their course of study.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Psychology, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate advanced understanding of a complex body of knowledge, including recent developments, in the field of clinical psychology and related areas of clinical practice

  • Apply knowledge of research principles, methods and ethics to design and conduct scientific investigations that address complex psychological questions

  • Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of clinical practice including application of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and outcome evaluation

  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate theoretical propositions, research methodologies and evidence bases in clinical psychology

  • Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate complex concepts, data, arguments, conclusions and professional decisions, appropriate for specialist and non-specialist audiences

  • Exercise expert judgement and a high level of autonomy and accountability to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse research and clinical practice contexts

  • Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate complex human behaviour with some independence.

Course Structure

Select a major from the table below.


Type of major



Credit points in major


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Expected time to complete

2 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

5 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Further information about placements can be found at Enrolment Policy – Coursework Students.

Candidates may be required to undertake placements away from the campus at which they are enrolled at their own expense.

Special assessment requirements

Refer to Review of a Student’s Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement policy.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

12 credit points, unless part of an approved articulation process.


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 15 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

The major studied shall appear on the testamur

Exit with lesser award

Candidates who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive any Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma in Psychology offered by the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences.

Course articulation

Candidates who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Doctor of Psychology, and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under this course.