2018 Postgraduate Courses
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Master of Psychology (Clinical) | 2018

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Master of Psychology (Clinical)



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2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Faculty of Social Sciences

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The Master of Psychology (Clinical) provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles governing psychological assessment and therapy, and the clinical skills required to assess and treat a wide variety of clinical conditions in children, adolescents and adults.

Teaching methods include face to face classes, weekend workshops and supervised clinical practicum at the university Clinic and at external placements. The Master of Psychology (Clinical) has been approved by DEEWR as an eligible Masters program for Student Income Support. For information regarding eligibility contact Centrelink on 132 490. 

Entry Requirements and Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Psychology (Clinical) will be able to:


  1. Demonstrate a detailed and specialised knowledge of psychological principles, professional ethics and standards (including the ethical, legal and professional aspects of psychological practice), theories of individual and systemic functioning and change, dysfunctional behaviour, psychopathology, the cultural bases of behaviour and organisational systems.
  2. Demonstrate a detailed and specialised knowledge in conducting systematic psychological assessment including diagnostic classification systems and the limitations of psychological tests.
  3. Demonstrate a detailed and specialised knowledge in a range of intervention techniques and strategies including their empirical and theoretical bases, for both individuals and groups.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of and fluctuations in the development of the therapeutic relationship and strategies to manage these processes
  5. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the process of research data evaluation and its relevance to psychological practice, articulated through a ‘scientist-practitioner’ perspective.


  1. Apply ethical principles effectively to complex ethical dilemmas and generate appropriate responses to such dilemmas.
  2. Determine the most appropriate assessment to administer based on synthesis of complex problem presentations, ancillary data and relevant psychological theories.
  3. Administer and interpret a range of specified tests including intelligence, personality, and memory tests and the mental status examination.
  4. Carry out structured and unstructured interviews, selection interviews, survey interviews, clinical interviews for diagnostic purposes including history taking, and group-based interviews.
  5. Systematically observe behaviour involving both naturalistic and clinical observation and using predetermined procedures for observing the behaviour of one or more persons.
  6. Demonstrate mastery in counselling skills, including micro-skills, rapport building skills, core behaviour change skills and cognitive behavioural approaches.
  7. Develop creative strategies, founded on empirically derived intervention techniques, to overcome impediments in interventions.
  8. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, using validated instruments and protocols, and respond to evaluation data appropriately.
  9. Convey, appraise and interpret information with accuracy in both oral and written formats, appropriate for a variety of audiences.


  1. Display conduct or behaviour consistent with the legal requirements and codes of conduct relevant to psychologists.
  2. Promote, restore, sustain or enhance cognitive functioning and a sense of well-being in individuals or groups of clients through preventive, developmental or remedial services.
  3. Interact on a professional level with a wide range of client groups and other professionals.
  4. Apply research knowledge and skills to psychological practice.
  5. Engage in systematic inquiry involving problem identification and the acquisition, organisation, and interpretation of information allowing critical analysis and disciplined, rigorous, careful and scientific inquiry into psychological phenomena. 

Course Structure 

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) requires the successful completion of at least 96 credit points as specified in the progression table below.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
PSYP911Child and Adult Assessment and Psychopathology6Autumn
PSYP912Principles of Psychotherapy8Autumn
PSYP901Research Project A Part 18Autumn
PSYP923Practicum 112Annual
PSYP902Research Project A Part 28Annual, Spring, Spring 2018/Autumn 2018
PSYP913Neuropsychology & Neuropsychiatric Disorders6Spring
PSYP914Cognitive Behavioural Therapies8Spring
Year 2
PSYP915Health and Wellbeing6Autumn
PSYP924Practicum 212Annual
PSYP925Research Project B Part 18Autumn
PSYP916Special Groups and Methods6Spring
PSYP926Research Project B Part 28Spring

 For information regarding timetables, tutorials, and classes please the visit the Timetables and Classes page.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year program of study for the purpose of full registration as a psychologist in Australia, and as a qualifying degree for endorsement in Clinical Psychology.

Other Information

For further information email: ssc@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 24 November, 2017