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Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Psychology (Clinical)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration2 years full-time only
Deakin course codeH750

The course is not available part-time.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) provides you with a broad set of clinical skills in a range of assessment and therapy models. Based on an integrative approach to clinical psychology that emphasises evidence-based practice, the course has been designed in consultation with our industry partners to enable you to develop the academic, practical and research skills necessary to register as a psychologist, and to practise as a clinical psychologist.


Throughout the course you will develop specialist knowledge as well as the general knowledge and skills required by practitioners; advanced knowledge of clinical problems of childhood, adolescence, and adulthood; knowledge and competence in evidence-based psychological assessment; and knowledge and awareness of relevant ethical principles of psychological practice.

Deakin University offers Master and Doctoral level courses which aim to prepare students, who have completed a recognised psychology sequence, for careers in the field of clinical psychology. Graduates will be qualified for employment in any area of clinical psychology, including private practice or one of the many government and non-government agencies.

Professional recognition

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) meets the requirements for graduates to register as generalist psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia, and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists and endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist following two years of work experience supervised by a clinical psychologist, together with completion of stipulated professional development requirements.

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Placement program

The clinical placements are designed to equip students with a range of professional skills and an awareness of professional issues. You will have placements in at least three different settings, so that you can gain experience of adult, adolescent and child problems; community and institutional care; and medical and non-medical agencies. Your placement program will be determined jointly by you, the placement coordinators, and the practitioners supervising the placements. Contracts will be drawn up which will clearly specify the skills to be taught and the responsibilities of the student and placement supervisor. Placement supervisors are registered and endorsed clinical psychologists, eligible for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. Each placement requires the full complement of days to be completed. Failure of any one placement may result in exclusion from the course.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course consists of 16 credit points covering three strands: theory, research and practice. Students will complete a minimum of 4 credit points each trimester over two years.

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Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

HPS714 Studies in Psychopathology  

HPS777 Interview and Intervention Strategies  

HPS778 Biological and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Disorder  

HPS779 Psychological Assessment  


Trimester 2

HPS706 Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1  

HPS707 Applied Methodology  

HPS776 Issues in Professional Psychology  

HPS766 Research Thesis A  


Level 2

Trimester 1

HPS705 Advanced Clinical Assessment  

HPS708 Psychological Therapy  

HPS709 Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 2  

HPS767 Research Thesis B  


Trimester 2

HPS711 Advanced Clinical Practice  

HPS712 Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 3  

HPS787 Research Thesis C  

Note: All coursework units have a hurdle requirement of 80 per cent attendance. A pass grade in a unit requires satisfactory completion of each component assessed.


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