La Trobe University

Master of Clinical Psychology


Start dates
Semester 1 (March)
2 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
34 000
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).

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Academic entry requirement

You should have at least a B grade average (70 per cent or above) in an Australian Bachelor's degree with a major in psychology, or approved international equivalent as assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). You must have completed a fourth year in psychology including a major thesis component with at least a high B grade average (75 per cent or above) or approved international equivalent as assessed by the APS. You also need experience in voluntary work, or work related to psychology, two academic referee reports and two professional referee reports. Please access this link to request referee reports: - Alternatively, if you are unable to register, please complete the following proforma: Academic Referee [PDF 391KB] and Professional Referee [PDF 271KB]. Applications are ranked on the basis of academic and professional suitability for selection by interview. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements 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 scholarships

Annual tuition fee (A$)

34 000

Additional costs

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


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

How to apply

Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805. Applications for this course must be submitted before the end of September. Applications will be assessed after 1 November.

Additional information

The annual fee for provisional psychologist registration is AUD$390, subject to change.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses.

CRICOS code: 006277M