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Master of Clinical Psychology

Australian National University

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At ANU, we are making breakthroughs in mental health prevention and treatment, from understanding how children and youth can build stronger and happier futures, to breaking down stigma so that those affected can live more fulfilling lives. Join us and help make our society a better place with the Master of Clinical Psychology.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of clinical psychology and develop practical skills that will underpin your career success. Our contemporary training is founded on the scientist-practitioner model where clinical skills and interventions are considered on the basis of available scientific evidence and knowledge. Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Admission criteria

Entry to this program is highly competitive. The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment are:

  • completion of an APAC accredited bachelor degree with honours in psychology or international equivalent with a GPA of at least 5.5/7.0; OR completion of an APAC accredited AQF Level 8 qualification, which must include a substantial research methodology component in psychology, with a GPA of at least 5.5/7.0
  • successful assessment of suitability which will be based on interview, supplementary form, CV and referee reports (supporting document requirements detailed below)
  • eligibility for provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • compliance with the Australian National University's English language requirements for admission policy.

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program.

Supporting documents

  1. Supplementary form: Upload to your UAC application.
  2. Personal Statement: This includes a 200 to 300 word support statement outlining why you wish to undertake a program of study in clinical psychology at the ANU. Upload to your UAC application.
  3. Curriculum vitae (CV): Clearly specify dates and indicate whether the activities were full-time or part-time. Upload to your UAC application.
  4. Two referee forms: Option 1. Apply for a reference using the Psychology Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU. Option 2. Ask your referees to complete the Referee Form and email directly to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au. ANU will not accept references sent directly by applicants.
  5. Australian Psychological Society qualification assessment (APS Assessment) (not required if qualifications obtained in Australia): Applicants with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study. Note that this can take approximately two months.


Additional factors considered in assessing applications are previous relevant experience, availability of supervision for research component and written application. Competitive applicants may be invited to participate in a suitability assessment process which will include a panel interview and other activities. Full details will be available on the Research School of Psychology website.


Completion of undergraduate courses in psychopathology, psychometrics and personality is highly recommended. As the Master of Clinical Psychology focuses adheres to the Scientist-Practitioner model of clinical training, prior coursework in statistics and research methodology is another important criterion, usually demonstrated by the successful completion of a fourth-year thesis.
Eligibility for Provisional Registration with the Psychology Board of the Australia is a condition of entry into the Clinical Program.

GPA calculation

ANU uses a 7-point grade point average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities.

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications that are eligible to be considered.

Course credit or exemption

For information about course credit for previous studies, see the program entry or read about course credit or exemption on the ANU website.

Fees and charges

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Australian Government financial assistance

Australian National University scholarships and financial assistance

Equity Scholarships through UAC

Commonwealth-supported places

Some ANU graduate degree programs may have Commonwealth-supported places (CSP) available. CSP are limited in number and selection is highly competitive. Places will be awarded on merit and not all applicants will be successful. There is no application process for a CSP as applicants who have received an offer of admission to a postgraduate program are automatically considered. Visit the ANU website for further information.

Further information

Read the full course details on the ANU website.

Visit the ANU College of Health and Medicine website.
Call (02) 6125 2809.
Email the College.