Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

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Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Professional accreditation status

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


Tropical Health and Medicine

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Domestic students must hold Provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree with Class 1 or 2A honours from a course accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council or equivalent qualification from an overseas institution; or

Other qualifications or practical experience recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Interview (by invitation)

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

48 credit points as per course structure

Additional completion requirements

Students 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 (Clinical), graduates will be able to:

  • Adapt and apply complex and contemporary knowledge, skills, and technical competencies in clinical psychology to facilitate quality client outcomes across a variety of populations including tropical, Indigenous, and rural and remote.
  • Apply mastery knowledge of research principles, methods, and ethics to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that addresses a complex theoretical or professional practice issue in clinical psychology.
  • Expertly communicate with clients, families, community and organisational representatives, and other health professionals.
  • Synthesise, evaluate, and apply theories, evidence-based practice, and ethical considerations to design and deliver safe and effective assessment and interventions for client groups of varying age, gender, culture, and socioeconomic status.
  • Operate individually and inter-professionally in accordance with legal, ethical, and organisational guidelines, incorporating referral processes where relevant.
  • Reflect critically and respectfully on the practice of one’s self and others within the inter-professional health care team to ensure quality practice, and to plan ongoing professional learning.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustmentsReasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


Year 1

Teaching period 1

PY5301:03 Professional Practice

PY5302:03 Evidence-based Practice

PY5303:03 Mental Health Disorders Across the Lifespan

PY5304:03 Assessment in Psychology

Teaching period 2

PY6301:09 Clinical Psychology Placement A

PY6401:03 Clinical Psychology Masters Research Proposal

Year 2

Teaching period 1

PY5305:03 Biopsychosocial and Cultural Models of Health

PY6302:06 Clinical Psychology Placement B

PY6402:03 Clinical Psychology Masters Research Thesis Part 1 of 2

Teaching period 2

PY6303:09 Clinical Psychology Placement C

PY6403:03 Clinical Psychology Masters Research Thesis Part 2 of 2





No mid-year entry


No mid-year entry


Expected time to complete

2 years full-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites

Students must complete PY6301 Clinical Psychology Placement A prior to undertaking any other placement subjects.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Minimum 1000 hours.

Further information about placements can be found at Coursework Enrolment Procedure.

Students 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.

Professional accreditation requirements

Please note that while successful course completion leads directly to general registration as a psychologist, endorsement as a clinical psychologist requires an additional period of approved supervised practice. Please see for further information

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

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


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


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

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Award Details

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Inclusion of majors on testamur


Exit with lesser award

Students who exit the course prior to completion, and have completed the appropriate subjects, may be eligible to receive a Graduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology or a Graduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology offered by the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.

Course articulation