Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Psychology (Clinical)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Length2 years full-time only
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,152 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$22,830 - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

Email: health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

Deakin course code H750

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, (PBA) 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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

Domestic students enrolled in this course may be eligible for income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy. Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
A Commonwealth supported place is one for which the university receives some government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute only part of the cost of their course. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or a New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your unit/s of study.

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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.

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

HPS777Interview and Intervention Strategies

HPS778

Biological and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Disorder

HPS779Psychological Assessment

Trimester 2

HPS706Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 1

HPS707Applied Methodology

HPS776Issues in Professional Psychology

HPS766Research Thesis A

Level 2

Trimester 1

HPS705Advanced Clinical Assessment

HPS708Psychological Therapy

HPS709Clinical Placement and Case Analysis 2

HPS767Research Thesis B

Trimester 2

HPS711Advanced Clinical Practice

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.


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 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.

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.

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 H2A 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.

Please refer to the Psychology applications section of the Additional documentation webpage and download appropriate forms for your course.

Selection criteria

Entry is competitive, based on academic results, job description, referees’ reports, and relevant professional experience. It would normally be expected that applicants will have achieved a minimum Honours grade of H2A or equivalent. Equal opportunity guidelines will be observed in all selection procedures.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

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

Credit for prior learning - specific

Normal University regulation and guidelines pertain to students applying for credit for prior learning within this program. In all cases credit will need to be determined on a case-by-case basis with maximum credit granted being consistent with university policy.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

 

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