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Postgraduate course

Master of Clinical Psychology

Western Sydney University

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Clinical psychologists offer psychological assessment and treatment for a wide range of mental health problems. This course is designed to provide applicants with training across a host of mental health issues and settings. It will equip students with the skills and knowledge you need to effectively meet the diverse needs of clients.

At Western, our mandate is to develop your understanding through coursework, a research project, and 1,000 hours of supervised experience in clinical and other appropriate settings. You will also explore the inner workings of the human mind, be given the knowledge and skills you need to understand dysfunctional behaviour and psychopathology and learn how to implement effective evidence-based interventions, including cognitive behavioural therapy. It provides thorough training in a range of mental health issues and equips you with the ability to implement effective evidence-based interventions that are tailored to clients' requirements.

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, and the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.

Admission criteria

Applicants will be subject to competitive selection based on academic merit, two referee reports and performance at a selection interview to determine capability for practitioner competency. Selection interviews are held between October and December each year.

Applicants must:

  • have completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year undergraduate Psychology degree that includes:
    - undergraduate honours level of at least Class 2 upper level (2A or 2.1 Honours) or equivalent . Applicants whose degree was completed more than 10 years prior to the year of entry need to hold current full registration with the Psychology Board Australia to be considered
    - Indicative academic achievement, based on entry in previous years, is a GPA of 5.8 or higher (counting Year 2 to 3 as 50% and Year 4 as 50%)
  • arrange for two referees’ reports (one academic and one professional) to be completed and submitted online via The Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System. This system is in place across all Australian universities. You will need an active subscription that allows you to access the service during the 2022 intake (from 1 August 2021 to 31 July 2022). The fee is $25 and can be paid through the ‘My Account’ section in the payment tab. An online Reference Request System Guide is available.
  • attend an interview, by invitation, with the School of Psychology.

International qualifications must also be assessed by the Australian Psychology Society (APS) before applying for entry into the Master of Clinical Psychology. The APS must deem the qualification to be equivalent to an Australian four year sequence in psychology (including an honours equivalent research thesis component) to be considered.

Special requirements and policies apply to this course. Further information can be found on the Western Sydney University website. No deferrals will be accepted for this course.

Fees and charges

^ This is a full fee-paying course. This is a full fee-paying course. Call Western Sydney University on 1300 897 669 for further information about tuition fees.

Australian Government financial assistance

Western Sydney University scholarships and financial assistance

Equity Scholarships through UAC

Further information

Read the full course details on the Western Sydney University website.

Find out more about postgraduate study at Western.

Contact the Course Information Centre on 1300 897 669 if you have any queries.