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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
FeesLimited Commonwealth supported places are available.
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CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 098562M
Program Code40187

Program handbook


The Master of Clinical Psychology is a professional qualification for those who wish to work as clinical psychologists. Graduates will be knowledgeable, skilled and ethical practitioners of clinical psychology, capable of adhering to the 'scientist-practitioner' model of practice. The program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and approved by the College of Clinical Psychologists for the purposes of determining College membership, and accepted by the Psychology Board of Australia as an approved fifth and sixth year of study.

Taking into account the broad diversity of clients and development across the lifespan, and consistent with current relevant legal frameworks, mental health practice standards, occupational settings and codes of ethical practice, graduates apply advanced psychological knowledge to competently and ethically achieve the following Program Learning Outcomes.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Demonstrated successful achievement of pre-professional competencies.
  • Applied evidence-based and scientific methods to professional practice across the lifespan in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways.
  • Employed professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients.
  • Performed appropriate standardised psychological testing as part of broader assessment to assess and interpret aspects of functioning.
  • Identified psychological disorders using a recognised taxonomy.
  • Conducted professional interviews and assessments and synthesised information from multiple sources, including assessment of risk, to formulate a conceptualisation of the presenting issues to determine the most appropriate interventions, including management of risk.
  • Monitored outcomes and modifications based on evolving case formulation, including health and health concerns, family and support networks, and organisational, cultural or community contexts, with care given to the appropriateness of interventions for the client within their wider context.
  • Interpreted and communicated findings in oral and written formats, including formal psychological reports, using culturally appropriate language.
  • Implemented appropriate, empirically supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes.
  • Demonstrated respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals.
  • Worked effectively with a range of professional support staff in the workplace and communicated and collaborated effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements.
  • Operated within the boundaries of their professional competence, consulted with peers or other relevant sources where appropriate and referred on to relevant other practitioners where appropriate.
  • Rigorously applied professional practice policies and procedures, including as they relate to referral management and record keeping, across a range of workplace settings and with recognition of different organisational cultures and practices.
  • Engaged in self-reflective professional practice, taking into account the impact of their own values and beliefs, and taking appropriate actions as a result.
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of their professional practice, identifying areas for improvement and implementing changes where needed.
  • Critically evaluated contemporary scientific literature to inform practice.
  • Investigated a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology.


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Program code40187
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Extended)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Australian students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 2 years full-time.
Term typeSemesters
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CRICOS Code098562M

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Admission information

Admission requirements

Admission to this program is available through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC code 927806).

Admission to the degree is competitive. Applicants require all of the following in order to be considered for a place in the program:

  • Hold a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence in psychology, which has been completed with an upper second class Honours (2A) or above, or an overall GPA above 6.0 in the 4th year component of a non Honours program; or be a currently registered psychologist with the PsyBA who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements; and
  • Eligibility for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; and
  • Satisfying the School of Psychology of their suitability for the professional practice of clinical psychology. When evaluating suitability, the School will take into account previous relevant experience, reports of referees, units of study previously completed, and the outcome of a selection interview. Selection criteria will also be based on applicants demonstrating a clear understanding of Clinical Psychology and the areas in which a clinical psychologist might work. Desirable criteria include research experience additional to Honours and involvement with professional organisations (e.g Australian Psychological Society).


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

In addition to the above selection criteria - applicants with a minimum of one year full-time (or equivalent) work experience as a fully registered psychologist (with no conditions on their registration) may apply for RPL for up to 80 units. Applicants will need to provide evidence of achievement of Level 3 Professional Competencies in the course of an assessment of personal and professional suitability and evaluation of prior learning. Such evidence may include, but is not limited to: registration details, work history, log books and evidence of professional development in order to verify their work experience. All RPL applications will be individually assessed, by an assessment team that includes at least one clinical psychologist, in order to ensure that professional competencies have been met.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Internationally qualified applicants who did not complete their secondary education in English must demonstrate that they have the necessary English language skills for registration purposes.  This requires:

  • a minimum score of 7 in each component of the IELTS academic module, OET or specified alternatives; and

  • test results to be obtained within two years prior to registration application.

Additional selection criteria

  • Portfolio - All applicants are required to submit a professional portfolio with their admission application. Applications and portfolios are lodged through UAC (domestic students) or directly to International Admissions (international students). The professional portfolio must include an application cover letter, a resume, and appropriate attachments. The attachments will include reports from referees and certified copies of university transcripts. Additional detail can be seen in the How to Apply section of this page.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Applicant seeking credit towards PSCY6511 Research Project 1 and PSYC6530 Clinical Research Project (Masters Final) must submit Research Course Credit Application Form as part of their online application.

Compulsory program requirements

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) standards stipulate that students must spend at least 1000 hours in clinical placements to meet competencies required for general registration as a psychologist through the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) supported by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). This requirement will be met with four of the courses within the program being devoted to clinical placements.

Compulsory program requirements - Review of progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses to progress in their program.

PSYC6504 - Psychology Clinic Placement

PSYC6516 - Psychology Placement 4

PSYC6508 - Psychology Placement 2

PSYC6512 - Psychology Placement 3

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

160 units

Program duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 160 units of core courses, comprised of the following:

  • Four clinical placements (40 units)
  • Three research and research-related courses (30 units)
  • Nine compulsory taught courses (90 units)

Please note: Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.

The placements are available in a wide range of settings and the placement supervisors are all qualified clinical psychologists who are eligible for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society. One of the four placements will be in the Psychology Clinic of the University of Newcastle.

One of the research courses is a taught course on research methods while the other two comprise an individual research project undertaken under supervision.

The remaining taught courses include professional and ethical practice; counselling and clinical interventions; clinical neuropsychology; health psychology; and the clinical psychology of adults, children, older adults, and people with intellectual disabilities.

Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.

Transition arrangements

2021 Revision

From 2021 there are changes to the program. For students who commenced the program prior to 2021, please refer to the 2021 Transition Arrangements in the Additional Documents section for more information.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core courses

Complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC6501Professional and Ethical Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6502Counselling and Psychological Intervention
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6503Psychological Practice: Adult Psychopathology
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6504Psychology Clinic Placement
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6505Research Development
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6506Psychological Practice: Children and Families
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6507Assessment in Psychological Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6508Psychology Placement 2
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6509Advanced Clinical Psychology with Adults
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6510Advanced Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6511Clinical Research Project 1
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6512Psychology Placement 3
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6514Advanced Clinical Psychology in Specialised Areas of Practice
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6516Psychology Placement 4
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6530Clinical Research Project 2
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6531Advanced Clinical Interventions
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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