Master of Clinical Psychology

University of Newcastle

Applications close on Monday 4 October 2021. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applicants must include a completed admissions portfolio with their application.


The Master of Clinical Psychology is a professional qualification for those who    wish to practise as a clinical psychologist. With expert supervision in our psychology clinic and local healthcare and community settings, the course will give you the skills to work in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders.

You will enhance your conceptual and interpersonal skills and apply advanced knowledge, principles and methods to relevant procedures, technologies and techniques in the professional practice of clinical psychology. You will work collaboratively and effectively with a diverse range of clients and other health professionals, and be able to conduct, evaluate and present systematic research relevant to clinical psychology. 

Our academic experts will assist you with obtaining diverse placement opportunities that will allow you to demonstrate your broad skill set and gain practical experience in a clinical setting. You will also be supervised by board-approved clinical psychologists during your placements. Graduates will be knowledgeable, skilled and ethical practitioners of clinical psychology and capable of adhering to the 'scientist-practitioner' model of practice.  

The program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The Psychology Board of Australia, through APAC, also recognises the program for the purposes of registration and endorsement of practice in clinical psychology.

Admission criteria

Admission to the degree is competitive. To be considered for a place in the program, applicants must:

Applicants must satisfy the School of Psychology standards of suitability for the professional practice of clinical psychology. When evaluating suitability, the School will take into account previous relevant experience, reports of referees, units of study previously completed, and the outcome of a selection interview. Selection criteria will also be based on applicants demonstrating a clear understanding of clinical psychology and the areas in which a clinical psychologist might work. Desirable criteria include research experience additional to honours and involvement with professional organisations (eg Australian Psychological Society).

Additional selection criteria

For detailed information on applying for this program, including a guide to your compulsory portfolio submission, refer to the Master of Clinical Psychology webpage.

As places in the highly regarded Master of Clinical Psychology are limited, admission is based on a competitive selection process. Applicants are required to submit a professional portfolio with their UAC application. This is an essential component of the application, and will be used to select applicants to participate in a competitive interview process.

The 2022 admission timeline is outlined below:

Note: Initial feedback on applications and submitted portfolios will not be given to individual applicants throughout the admissions process. It is the responsibility of each individual applicant that all components are addressed, and applications and portfolios are lodged correctly, and by the final closing date.

The University of Newcastle offers both Commonwealth-supported places (CSPs) and full fee paying (FEE) places in the Master of Clinical Psychology program. CSP places are limited, and are offered to the highest ranked applicants. Applicants will be notified of their fee status at time of offer.

Contact UON if you have any queries regarding the admission requirements listed.

Fees and charges

^ Indicative fees: Students enrolled in a number of programs have some flexibility in choosing courses outside their discipline area. Program costs are calculated on the assumption of typical courses taken for a full-time load of 40 units per teaching period (semester or trimester). Actual charges will be calculated based on courses selected and the workload undertaken.

Australian Government financial assistance

University of Newcastle scholarships and financial assistance

Equity Scholarships through UAC

College of Engineering, Science and Environment

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Further information

Read the full course details on the University of Newcastle website.

Visit the University of Newcastle website
Call the Enquiry Centre on 1300 ASK UON (1300 275 866) or (02) 4921 5000
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