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Master of Clinical Psychology

Masters by Coursework


Master of Clinical Psychology
1 year full-time
Curtin Perth


Final qualification and clinical practice for your professional career in psychology.

Professional recognition

Course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Council (APAC).



Work experience

Course includes two 50-day clinical placements.



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In Australia, you’ll need to complete six years of education and training to practise as a registered psychologist – four years at undergraduate level and two at postgraduate level

This master degree is the sixth and final year of your study. It provides specialist knowledge in clinical psychology – one of the nine areas of practice approved by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Clinical psychologists assess psychological disorders in individuals, groups and families, and administer programs of treatment. This course raises your competency in this area, giving you advanced understanding of mental health and physical health, and the opportunity to put theory into practice across two clinical placements.

You’ll examine complex psychological disorders in adults, children and youth, including their cause, assessment, diagnosis and treatment. You’ll also develop your professional skills in managing complex ethical and professional issues, working with the public and handling conflict situations.

Over two 50-day clinical placements, you’ll build and apply your skills in a real-world setting, practising core clinical skills such as assessment, case conceptualisation and treatment under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist.

You’ll also undertake an independent research project, planning and conducting research, analysing your data and completing a dissertation.

When you graduate, you can apply for registration as a psychologist within Australia and gain employment in a professional capacity.

Why study

  • Final level of education to work as a psychologist in Australia
  • Gain specialist knowledge in clinical psychology
  • Increase your understanding in mental health and physical health
  • Put theory into practice on two 50-day clinical placements
  • Undertake independent research
  • Apply for registration as a psychologist on graduation.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Council (APAC).
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist within Australia.

Career information


  • Psychologist


  • Clinical and mental health services
  • Education and training
  • Social assistance

Future growth for psychologists: Very strong
Oct 2020


What you'll learn

  • apply psychology knowledge, principles and practice to achieve client-centered and evidence informed outcomes
  • generate effective solutions through critical analysis, reflective practice and professional reasoning
  • critically appraise information and apply it to contemporary psychology theory and practice
  • communicate effectively and appropriately to ensure positive and effective therapeutic and inter-professional relationships; use relevant documentation and reporting processes including the ethical disclosure of professional information
  • evaluate and apply appropriate technologies to contemporary psychology practice
  • develop and apply life-long learning skills to achieve professional competence; engage in research to further develop personal and professional knowledge and skills
  • comply with APAC standards and practices through integration of local and global perspectives relevant to the field
  • practice psychology in a culturally responsive and inclusive manner, incorporating perspectives of multiple stake-holders
  • work in a professional and collaborative manner to meet ethical and legal responsibilities

Admission criteria

An APAC-accredited professional competencies (level 3) qualification. For example, Curtin's Master of Psychology (Professional) or equivalent. Entry is competitive and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

You will be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Overall band score7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

You are required to submit proof of English competency (IELTS 7.0 in all bands or equivalent) upon application.

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements, particularly in relation to fieldwork. Failure to comply with any of the essential fieldwork requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Please refer to the following statements on the essential requirements for the fieldwork component of this course:

  • Student declaration
  • AHPRA registration
  • Criminal record screening and clearance
  • Immunisation

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

Student typeCost
Commonwealth supported $4,000*
Domestic $33,400*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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