- Townsville: February
- Singapore: February
2 years full-time
Class 1 or 2A honours from AQF Level 8 bachelor honours degree accredited by the Australian Psychological Society; or equivalent. Must hold Provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia.
Through this course you will gain the advanced academic and practical training for professional practice that is required for registration as a practising psychologist.
Benefit from JCU’s research focus and learn from world-renowned lecturers and leading industry professionals. Access JCU’s observation suites and world-class training facilities and develop professional skills through extensive professional placements.
This course provides advanced academic and practical postgraduate training at a level sufficient to meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council’s (APAC) accreditation criteria.
Upon completing the Master of Psychology (Clinical), graduates will be eligible for full, general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. After two years of supervised practice in the field, graduates will also be eligible for membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Masters Degree (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Professional accreditation status
The Townsville course offering is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The Singapore course offering is not professionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
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)
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
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:
|Inherent Requirements||Inherent 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 adjustments||Reasonable 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.|
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
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
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
This course offering is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
No mid-year entry.
This course offering is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
No mid-year entry.
Expected time to complete
2 years full-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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
Professional accreditation requirements
|Please note that while successful course completion via the Townsville course offering leads directly to general registration as a psychologist in Australia, endorsement as a clinical psychologist in Australia requires an additional period of approved supervised practice. Please see https://www.psychologyboard.gov.au for further information.|
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
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.
MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGY (CLINICAL)
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.
Estimated annual tuition fee: $AUD40,280.00
Course fees are charged per year of full-time study. International course fees are reviewed annually and subject to change.
A Student Services and Amenities Fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian, Swedish and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependents accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
Scholarships and financial aid are also available for international students.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Take note of the duration, cost and campus availability of your selected course. You may wish to include a second course preference.
- Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
- Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
- Complete all the questions and upload all your documents. You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
- Submit your application.
Closing dates for applications: 30 September. Only complete applications received by Midnight 30 September 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 October with interview offers sent in late October.
Interviews will occur in mid-November. All short-listed applicants must attend a zoom interview (this is for 2020 only due to COVID-19 travel and social distancing restrictions)
*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.
Additional application advice
Register using your full legal name as it appears on your passport.
Gather electronic copies of your documentation including advanced standing application if relevant. You will need to provide original certified copies of your documents once your application has been approved.
When completing your application:
- Complete all the questions.
- Upload all your documents.
- You can save and continue the application later if you need to.
Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
The subjects cover a wide range of skills in assessment, therapeutic intervention and research. The course ensures that students graduate ready for professional practice, with a high skill set and specialised understanding of psychology.
Dr Meegan Kilcullen
Senior Lecturer, Master of Psychology (Clinical)
We train clinicians to think critically, to be creative and flexible, and to be adaptive to any clinical environment, particularly in the tropics. We are dedicated to supporting students to become clinical psychologists who are self-reflexive and culturally responsive in their practice.
Manager Offender Development, Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, Custodial Operations
It is great having JCU graduates on staff. The JCU school of Psychology clearly has experienced and knowledgeable lecturers, tutors and staff. The graduates bring a solid knowledge base, enthusiasm and energy to grow and build on their study, plus a genuine care to support the team around them.
Director, Psychology, Townsville Hospital and Health Service
It’s fantastic to have a local program training the psychologists of the future. Our Hospital and Health Service rely on great programs, like JCU's, to continue to produce contemporary, work-ready graduates who integrate well into our services.