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Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Course summary for international students

Award granted Master of Psychology (Clinical)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length

2 years full-time

Next available intakeMarch (Trimester 1)
Indicative annual fee 2015$25,080* AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code060023G
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 7. More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code H750
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

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.

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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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Career opportunities

Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological and mental health conditions that range from mild to severe and complex. They are often involved in designing and implementing a diverse range of prevention and mental health promotion programs, and may work with infants, children, adolescents, adults and older adults.

Most clinical psychologists develop expertise in specific areas, or practice in sub-specialisations of clinical psychology. In addition to professional practice, clinical psychologists may be involved in research, teaching and supervision, program development and evaluation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health in individuals, families and groups.

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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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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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Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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Entry requirements - specific

The prerequisite for entry to the course is the completion of a four-year sequence of study in an accredited psychology program which meets national registration requirements and eligibility for Associate Membership of the APS, or equivalent. The four-year sequence may be either an honours program or the combination of a three-year undergraduate degree including a psychology major and an approved postgraduate program.

 

Entry will be competitive, based on academic results, referees' reports and interview before a panel of school selection staff. It would normally be expected that applicants will have achieved a minimum honours grade of 2A or equivalent. Relevant professional experience will be a factor in selection.

 

Applicants should provide certified copies of academic transcripts from all previous tertiary studies undertaken.

 

International students must have an overall IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 7.

 

Please refer to the Faculty of Health section of the Future Students website and download appropriate forms for your course.

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Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au
 

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