Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Course summary

This course is for graduates of a four-year accredited psychology program. It will suit those following a study pathway to registration and currently registered psychologists who intend to qualify for an area of practice endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia.


This degree

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) provides a comprehensive understanding of the principles of 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 workshops at the University Northfields Psychology Clinic and at external placements. The emphasis is on skills training and includes demonstration sessions, audio-visual recording of assessment and therapy, case presentations, role-play activities and feedback.


What you will study

The program includes subjects in Child and Adult Assessment and Psychopathology, Psychotherapy, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies and Health and Wellbeing. Students are also required to complete a research project - facilitated by structured research subjects - in each of the two years of the program.

Course information

Study area

Psychology

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

599

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

2 years full-time (4 sessions) or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

027467J

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Students must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an Honours degree of at least Class II Division 1 (or equivalent 4th year qualification) to be a successful candidate for the Clinical Psychology Program.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Application Information for Postgraduate Training in Clinical Psychology webpage. Here you will find step by step instructions and additional supporting documentation required to complete your application.

International applicants must have their qualifications assessed and judged to be equivalent to an Australian 4-year sequence of Psychology by the Australian Psychological Society.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

22

22

22

22

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Credit Transfer

High performing students may apply for transfer to the Doctor of Psychology or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) following completion of the first year.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,256
Full Course Fee: $57,024

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Students must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an Honours degree of at least Class II Division 1 (or equivalent 4th year qualification) to be a successful candidate for the Clinical Psychology Program.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Application Information for Postgraduate Training in Clinical Psychology webpage. Here you will find step by step instructions and additional supporting documentation required to complete your application.

Credit Transfer

High performing students may apply for transfer to the Doctor of Psychology or Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) following completion of the first year.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $12,720
Full Course Fee: $50,880

The above tuition fee is the amount payable for a full fee-paying place. Commonwealth Supported places are also available in some postgraduate coursework degrees in the Faculty of Social Sciences subject to quota availability.

For information regarding fees and assistance, including Commonwealth contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.

Tuition fees are dependent upon the actual year of commencement and are subject to change without notice.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
17 October. No late applications will be accepted. On-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome by the end of December 2017.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge:

  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.

Skills:

  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.

Applications:

  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
Autumn
PSYP911Child and Adult Assessment and Psychopathology6Autumn
PSYP912Principles of Psychotherapy8Autumn
PSYP901Research Project A Part 18Autumn
PSYP923Practicum 112Annual
Spring
PSYP902Research Project A Part 28Annual, Spring, Spring 2017/Autumn 2018
PSYP913Neuropsychology & Neuropsychiatric Disorders6Spring
PSYP914Cognitive Behavioural Therapies8Spring
Year 2
Autumn
PSYP915Health and Wellbeing6Autumn
PSYP924Practicum 212Annual
PSYP925Research Project B Part 18Autumn
Spring
PSYP916Special Groups and Methods6Spring
PSYP926Research Project B Part 28Spring

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

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.

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Psychology offers excellent facilities and staff which guarantee quality education and opportunities for first rate research. The Northfields (Psychology) Clinic located on campus provides training and supervision of graduates in clinical psychology through a psychological service to the community. The Clinic offers a range of assessment, intervention and counselling services for children, adolescents and adults.