Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Psychology (Clinical)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), 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.

Master of Psychology (Clinical) is run across campuses. Coursework will be conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and the placement component will be run across locations in Melbourne and Geelong. Depending on availability, students may receive thesis supervision at either Burwood (Melbourne) or Waterfront (Geelong).

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.

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of the APS and College of Clinical Psychologists. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.

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.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

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.

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

HPS714Studies in Psychopathology

HPS776Issues in Professional Psychology

HPS777Psychological Intervention 1

HPS779Psychological Assessment

Trimester 2

HPS706Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1

HPS708Psychological Intervention 2

HPS766Research Thesis A

HPS778Biological and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Disorder

Level 2

Trimester 1

HPS707Advanced and Applied Research Methods

HPS705Advanced Clinical Assessment

HPS709Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 2

HPS767Research Thesis B

Trimester 2

HPS711Psychological Intervention 3

HPS712Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 3

HPS787Research 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.