Master of Psychology (Clinical)

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Master of Psychology (Clinical)

JCU Psychology has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, and approachability of its staff. JCU's Master of Psychology (Clinical) is a postgraduate coursework degree designed to equip graduates with the advanced academic and practical training for professional practice that is required for registration as a practising psychologist. You will benefit from training in state-of-the-art facilities.

NOT offered in Townsville until 2020
Start dates
2 years full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
Class 1 or 2A honours from AQF Level 8 bachelor honours degree accredited by the Australian Psychological Society; or equivalent

Career opportunities

This course provides advanced academic and practical postgraduate training at a level sufficient to meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council’s (APAC) accreditation criteria.

With one further year of supervised practice in the field, graduates of this course will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

Course highlights

JCU Psychology has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.

JCU’s tutorial classes are among the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalised assistance.  Our students benefit from well-equipped, modern facilities and an excellent research infrastructure.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

This course is not offered in Townsville until 2020.

Closing dates for applications: 31 October. Only complete applications received by Midnight 31st October will be accepted.

Applications require two referee reports. JCU is now participating in the *National Psychology Referee System.

Short-listing of applicants will be undertaken in November with interview offers sent in late November.

Interviews will occur in mid-December. All short-listed applicants must attend a face-to-face interview on the Townsville Campus (no other option for interview available).

*The National Psychology Referee system is used by all Australian Universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active subscription. The yearly subscription allows you access the service from the 1st of August to 30th July of each year. The cost is $25.00 and can be paid for through the "My Account" section in the payment tab.

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Master of Psychology (Clinical)

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Course type

Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)

Professional accreditation status

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). With one further year of supervised practice in the field graduates of this course will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 8 Bachelor Honours Degree with Class 1 or 2A honours from a course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society 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:

  • 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.

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


PY5001:03 Psychological Assessment

PY5003:03 Adult Psychopathology

PY5006:03 Clinical Neuropsychology

PY5007:03 Health and Rehabilitation

PY5011:03 Methods of Intervention 1

PY5012:03 Methods of Intervention 2

PY5013:03 Working with Clients

PY6001:04 Practicum 1

PY6002:04 Practicum 2

PY6003:04 Practicum 3

PY6010:03 Evaluation and Research

PY6015:03 Child and Family Therapy

PY6201:03 Research Thesis A

PY6202:03 Masters Thesis B (Part 1 of 2)

PY6203:03 Masters Thesis B (Part 2 of 2)







Not offered 2019


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.

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

With one further year of supervised practice in the field graduates of this course will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for exemption for previous tertiary study where appropriate in accordance with the Credit and Articulation policy and 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 student has not completed this course.

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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 Diploma of Clinical Psychology offered by the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Doctor of Psychology, and may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for appropriate subjects completed under this course.

What is Psychology?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.