La Trobe University

Master of Clinical Psychology

Overview

Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
Duration
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Fees and costs
$29,000 per 120 credit points. Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are also available. Please note: CSPs are not available for mid-year entry.

You'll learn practical skills and knowledge essential for a career in professional clinical psychology. The curriculum covers areas such as cognitive behavioural therapy, child and adolescent mental health, psychopathology, counselling skills, psychological assessment and treatment.

You'll also explore the ethical and professional issues associated with work in this field, and develop skills in writing professional-standard assessment reports suitable for a range of referral agencies or contexts.

During your clinical placement practicum, you'll perform clinic intake assessments and conduct case work with clients including face-to-face assessment and intervention with adults and children.

During your program you'll be required to work on a thesis, addressing a research question relevant to the field of clinical psychology. Working collaboratively with your research supervisor, you'll develop a research proposal and obtain ethics approval. There is potential to enrol in PhD research in the second year of the course.

As a graduate, you'll be equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to work with adults and children in a range of clinical settings (such as community health centres, schools, hospitals, prisons, applied research facilities, and private practice).

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Please check your eligibility before submitting your online application: Postgraduate Psychology Program Self-assessment Checklist [PDF 278KB]

Applicants should have:
- an APAC-accredited Australian Bachelor's degree with a major in psychology and a minimum B grade average (70 per cent or above) or equivalent across all years
- an APAC-accredited fourth-year program in psychology including a major thesis component with an upper H2A average (75 per cent or above)
- two academic referee reports
- two professional referee reports
- experience in volunteer work or work related to psychology.

NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

This degree will provide you with the specialist training required to practice as an accredited clinical psychologist. You'll be equipped to work with children, adolescents and adults in a range of clinical settings including schools, hospitals, prisons, consulting firms, market research companies, academic and applied research facilities, and private practice.

Professional recognition

The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology may be eligible to apply for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a psychologist. Specialist endorsement as a clinical psychologist with the PsyBA is subject to additional registrar requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology may apply for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). Membership may be subject to additional requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional bodies for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$29,000 per 120 credit points. Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are also available. Please note: CSPs are not available for mid-year entry.

Additional costs

Annual fee for provisional psychologist registration - A$419, subject to change.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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