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Course content

Specialised training

This course provides advanced academic and practical postgraduate training at a level sufficient to meet the criteria for registration as a practicing psychologist and for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
For those who wish to become members of the Australian Psychology Society this course also meets requirements for a fifth or sixth year of academic training.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Psychology (Clinical), graduates will be able to:
*Integrate advanced understanding of a complex body of knowledge, including recent developments, in the field of clinical psychology and related areas of clinical practice
*Apply knowledge of research principles, methods and ethics to design and conduct scientific investigations that address complex psychological questions
*Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of clinical practice including application of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and outcome evaluation
*Analyse, synthesise and evaluate theoretical propositions, research methodologies and evidence bases in clinical psychology
*Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate complex concepts, data, arguments, conclusions and professional decisions, appropriate for specialist and non-specialist audiences
*Exercise expert judgement and a high level of autonomy and accountability to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse research and clinical practice contexts
*Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate complex human behaviour with some independence.

Award title


Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Doctor of Psychology, and may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for appropriate subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3c - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 7.0), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

The Department of Psychology at James Cook University has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.
Tutorial classes are amongst the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalized assistance. The Department has very well-equipped, modern facilities on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses and excellent research infrastructure.

Application deadlines

• Last Friday in October for commencement in semester one (February) the following year

Visit the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) page on the James Cook University website for more details!





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