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Master of Clinical Psychology

About This Masters Degree

Course Description


This degree is the professional training course for those who want to practice as clinical psychologists. It equips you to become a high calibre practitioner who is well grounded in theory and practice, and capable of moving across a range of clinically oriented areas.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-clinical-psychology

Key benefits

- Offers a variety of subjects including psychopathology, cognitive behaviour therapy, and clinical psychopharmacology
- Ensures you become capable of working in a variety of clinically oriented areas and assuming full independent professional responsibility through supervised practical placements
- Gives you access to the Macquarie University Psychology Clinic as well as other research and training facilities including the Centre for Emotional Health Clinic.

Suitable for

Suitable if you are a fourth year psychology honours graduate (within the last 10 years) wanting a professional career in clinical psychology.

Applications for this program are competitive. Satisfying the admission criteria does not guarantee a place on the program. Submission of supplementary details and 2 referees reports are required for the competitive selection process for ranking to the interview stage.

Clinical Psychology Scholarships are available for clinical psychology postgraduate courses in Australia, subject to eligibility conditions.

Work experience requirements

Professional experience relevant to clinical psychology is a distinct advantage, either paid or voluntary, such as counselling or youth work.

English language requirements

IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in each band, or equivalent

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification


- Accreditation
The degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and approved by the College of Clinical Psychologists. Completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology leads to registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and endorsement as a clinical psychologist in Australia.

- Career Opportunities
There are a range of career opportunities available in hospital settings, private practice, consultancy and educational institutions.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-clinical-psychology

Visit the Master of Clinical Psychology page on the Macquarie University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nikki Johnson

My PhD research is in the area of child development, specifically the development of self-regulation and emotional-regulation in childhood and the role of sleep behavior and parenting. I am very fortunate to be working with a team of PhD researchers on a large research project examining parental age and the transition to parenthood. The benefits of studying within the Centre for Emotional Health include access to experienced researchers and interesting and varied weekly seminars and case presentations.
I completed both my undergraduate Psychology degree and Honours at Macquarie University and my Honours research was published last year.

(Student Profile)

Lexine Stapinski

I completed my combined PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology in December 2008, and would recommend this degree to fellow students. My PhD research explored factors that maintain the cycle of excessive and uncontrollable worry in Generalised Anxiety Disorder. In particular, I investigated the proposal that worry serves as an unhelpful coping strategy motivated by intolerance of negative emotional states. My experience of postgraduate study within the Centre of Emotional Health has been very positive; learning is facilitated by the supportive environment and exposure to a range of experimental and treatment research and ideas.

I am now working within the Centre for Emotional Health as a Post-doctoral fellow on the Combined Alcohol & Social Phobia (CASP) treatment and research project.


Entry Requirements

Minimum admission requirements: Recent APAC accredited Australian level 8 qualification in psychology (with first class or second class honours division one) or recognised equivalent; Eligibility for provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; Applications for this program are competitive. Satisfying the admission criteria does not guarantee a place in the program; Additional material as specified under notes

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