Master of Clinical Psychology - Study - The University of Queensland (2022)

Learn how to assess and treat a range of emotional and behavioural problems so you can meet your registration requirements to become a psychologist.

The Master of Clinical Psychology provides the training, skills and knowledge to let you practice competently and confidently in the psychology profession.

Clinical psychologists promote optimal levels of psychological functioning to decrease levels of psychological distress. They have expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a broad range of emotional and behavioural problems, including anxiety, depression, stress, substance addiction and abuse, adjustment to physical illness, relationship difficulties and learning disabilities.

This 2-year full-time program provides in-depth knowledge and professional skills in clinical psychology through a combination of coursework, supervised practice and research. You'll gain a foundation in the scientific basis and practice of clinical psychology and receive training in clinical practice, which employs evidence-based, best-practice models in health and mental health settings.

You'll develop your skills and apply your knowledge through 1000 hours of supervised clinical placements in a range of organisations including not-for-profit, community service and private practice.

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Be confident and job-ready after you spend 1000 hours on supervised placements in a range of healthcare settings, including the UQ Psychology Clinic.
  • Learn from academics who've made major contributions to the field and are actively involved in clinical practice and research.

32 in the world for psychology

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for psychology

Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

Students will undertake 1000 hours of supervised clinical practice in a range of clinical settings that includes not-for-profit organisations, community services, private practices and UQ's internal clinics. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life settings.

Further information about clinical placements is available from the School of Psychology.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy
  • Addiction science and practice
  • Applied gerontology
  • Assessment in psychological practice
  • Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Clinical psychopathology

See courses and program structure

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Mental health clinician
  • Mental health social worker
  • School psychologist
  • Mental health professional

$67K–$83K

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Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • APS College of Clinical Psychologists

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Psychology Board Of Australia

Program accreditation

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“The composition of the Master of Clinical Psychology program, along with UQ’s involvement in quality research, appealed to me. I really enjoy the practical exercises, allowing me to practise my skills but I also get the chance to learn from my peers.”

Tatiana

Current student, Master of Clinical Psychology

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“The composition of the Master of Clinical Psychology program, along with UQ’s involvement in quality research, appealed to me. I really enjoy the practical exercises, allowing me to practise my skills but I also get the chance to learn from my peers.”

Tatiana

Current student, Master of Clinical Psychology

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

An approved 4-year bachelor degree in psychology (minimum IIA honours) or equivalent 4-year APAC-accredited program.

Applicants must be eligible for provisional or if applicable, full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Applicants with non-Australian degrees must have their qualifications assessed by the APS.

An approved 4-year bachelor degree in psychology (minimum IIA honours) or equivalent 4-year APAC-accredited program.

Applicants must be eligible for provisional or if applicable, full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Applicants with non-Australian degrees must have their qualifications assessed by the APS.

GPA equivalent

Select where you studied and your qualification to see the GPA equivalent you need to be considered for this program.

Use the GPA equivalent as a guide. When you apply, we’ll calculate your GPA using the UQ grading scale. Any failing grades will be included. Entry requirements are subject to change.

Equivalent subjects

SubjectQualification equivalent

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

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There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Clinical Psychology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Irrespective of professional background, entry to the program will be considered on the basis of previous academic study, experience and personal qualities.

Detailed application requirements can be found on the School of Psychology website. Applicants must submit via the Online Application a Psychology Additional Information form, academic transcripts, and CV. In addition, two references will need to be submitted using the Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System. For further information regarding the reference system including costs, visit www.psychologyreference.org.

Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview. There are limited places available for this program. A limited number of places are available for suitably qualified applicants on the basis of equity and students identifying as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply.

All successful applicants are required to apply for and gain provisional registration or if applicable, full registration, with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes the Board's English Language Proficiency requirements. Students must have registration prior to commencing their study and this must be maintained for the duration of the program.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Applicants must submit the Psychology Additional Information form, academic transcripts, CV and nominate two referees^. Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview.

^ References must be: your honours supervisor, another academic staff member and a third person who knows you well. Referees cannot be provided by a near relative or close associate. Examples of near relatives are partner, child, sibling and parents. Examples of close associates are close friends, neighbours and children of colleagues.

All successful applicants are required to apply for and gain provisional registration or if applicable, full registration, with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes the Board's English Language Proficiency requirements. Students must have registration prior to commencing their study and must be maintained for the duration of the program.

Prior to applying, applicants should ensure they will be able to meet placement requirements outlined on this website.

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$3,985

2022

Fee information for 2023 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2022.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $44,688

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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Additional costs

  • Psychology Board of Australia Registration (approx total for 2 years $1000)

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Master of Clinical Psychology are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Clinical Psychology is5164.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

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Applying online

All domestic applications should be submitted to UQ.

The program code for the Master of Clinical Psychology is 5164.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study

Apply now

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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FAQs

Is it worth getting a masters in clinical psychology? ›

Master's in psychology degrees are considered relevant in many employment capacities, which is one major benefit of pursuing this type of degree. This degree could lead to a job in a therapeutic or counseling setting, a human resources department at a business, or in a laboratory.

Is studying clinical psychology difficult? ›

It is challenging and it's hard work, but it's a wonderful feeling to see people make improvements that make their lives happier and more manageable. If you've thought about becoming a psychologist, take a look at these 4 tips. They will give you a bit more insight to know if it's the right career for you!

What GPA do you need to get into psychology masters? ›

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.

Can you be a clinical psychologist with a Masters in Australia? ›

Masters in Clinical Psychology is the final step towards becoming a certified Psychologist in Australia. Graduates automatically get the membership of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).

Can I get a job after MSc clinical psychology? ›

You can work at a number of government agencies and offices with a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Some of the best jobs open to you are Employment Counsellor, Psychology Program Manager, Social Service Manager, Developmental Specialist, and Human Resource Analyst.

How hard is a psychology Masters? ›

Psychology is one of the more difficult degrees and many of your assignments will require you to cite your sources and will require you to back up a lot of the arguments that you have.

Do clinical psychologists get paid well? ›

In addition, they often offer their services through private practice as well, thereby increasing the scope of their earnings. A clinical psychologist makes on average ₹355,326 per year.

Which course is best for clinical psychology? ›

Top Diploma and PG Diploma courses in India include Psychological Medicine, Applied Psychology, PGD in Counselling Psychology. Offered by many Colleges and Universities and can be of 1-2 years of duration.

What is a clinical psychologist salary? ›

Average R 14 805 per month.

How competitive is clinical psychology masters? ›

programs in clinical psychology is very competitive. Ratios of 300 applicants to 8 positions are common (though perhaps 10-15 people would have to be accepted to fill the 8 slots; some who are accepted decide to go elsewhere, or enter a different kind of graduate or professional program ).

What is a good GPA for clinical psychology? ›

in Clinical Psychology, for example, often requires at least a 3.7 GPA, along with other additional demands.

What GPA do I need for clinical psychology? ›

A cumulative minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade-point average on the posted degree is required for regular admission status. Applicants who possess a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in a field other than psychology must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Is clinical psychologist in demand in Australia? ›

Australia has a high demand for psychologists because of the high number of government employees, healthcare workers, and university students who require psychological help. If you're thinking about studying psychology, Australia is the ideal place for you! Psychology is a highly diverse and sought after field.

How much does a clinical psychologist make in Australia? ›

The average clinical psychologist salary in Australia is $109,601 per year or $56.21 per hour. Entry-level positions start at $105,158 per year, while most experienced workers make up to $129,500 per year.

How competitive is clinical psychology in Australia? ›

A Master of Psychology (Clinical) is an advanced 2 year degree which is highly competitive to gain entry (only a very small percentage of applicants are accepted).

Can I call myself a psychologist after Ma psychology? ›

After finishing your MA/MSc in Psychology, you can proceed to become a registered psychologist. For that, you'll need to do an additional two-year MPhil course in Psychology from an institute recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). This is a purely professional course that entails hands-on training.

What can I do with a masters in Clinical Psychology? ›

Outside of further education, here are a few careers that are possible with a master's in clinical psychology:
  • School/Career Counselor.
  • Counseling Psychologist.
  • Forensic Psychologist.
  • Marriage & Family Therapist.
  • Substance Abuse Counselor.
  • Learning Disabilities Specialist.
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What is the highest paying job with a Masters in psychology? ›

Psychiatrist. Psychiatry is one of the highest-paying fields tied to psychology. However, salaries can vary considerably within this field depending upon your specialty area, where you are employed, and the type of work you perform.

Do you put Masters after your name? ›

“The only academic credentials (degrees) that you should list after your name at the top of the résumé should be doctorate level degrees, such as MD, DO, DDS, DVM, PhD, and EdD. A master's degree or bachelor's degree should never be included after your name.

Is studying psychology hard Australia? ›

Psychology is not one of the most straightforward degrees to obtain since it requires a great deal of time and dedication. You can choose how many units you complete at a time, however most students complete four units/subjects simultaneously.

Is it better to get a masters or PhD in psychology? ›

Most (but not all) research jobs will require the PhD, and the better professional psychology careers will go to those with a doctoral degree. Some of my colleagues disagree with me and see a masters degree as a good option.

What can I do with a masters in Clinical Psychology? ›

Outside of further education, here are a few careers that are possible with a master's in clinical psychology:
  • School/Career Counselor.
  • Counseling Psychologist.
  • Forensic Psychologist.
  • Marriage & Family Therapist.
  • Substance Abuse Counselor.
  • Learning Disabilities Specialist.
Apr 10, 2019

Is it better to get a masters or PhD in psychology? ›

Most (but not all) research jobs will require the PhD, and the better professional psychology careers will go to those with a doctoral degree. Some of my colleagues disagree with me and see a masters degree as a good option.

Is a PhD in Clinical Psychology worth it? ›

Earning your doctoral degree in psychology provides you with many job opportunities and a shot at earning a top salary in the field. It is a worthy educational goal that can “result a high level of personal and professional satisfaction.

How much do clinical psychologists make? ›

Average ₱18,082 per month.

Can I become a therapist with a masters in psychology? ›

After earning a bachelor's degree, one can start working as a behavioral disorder counselor. In order to become a licensed behavioral therapist, one must earn their master's degree in psychology or counseling, and work towards licensure.

What is the highest paying job with a Masters in psychology? ›

Psychiatrist. Psychiatry is one of the highest-paying fields tied to psychology. However, salaries can vary considerably within this field depending upon your specialty area, where you are employed, and the type of work you perform.

Can I become a psychologist after Ma psychology? ›

After finishing your MA/MSc in Psychology, you can proceed to become a registered psychologist. For that, you'll need to do an additional two-year MPhil course in Psychology from an institute recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). This is a purely professional course that entails hands-on training.

What masters do I need to be a clinical psychologist? ›

In order to use the title Clinical Psychologist you will need to complete a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

What is the difference between a school psychologist and a clinical psychologist? ›

School psychologists typically are found in school settings although a few may work in clinic or hospital settings that specialize in treating school-age children and school-related problems. Child clinical psychologists typically are found in hospitals, mental health centers, and private clinic settings.

Can you see patients with a Masters in psychology? ›

Most states, including California, require counseling psychologists to complete a doctorate before earning clinical licensure as a psychologist to counsel clients or practice under the direct supervision of a licensed doctorate-level psychologist.

Can a psychologist use the title doctor? ›

If they have a Doctorate (PhD) a psychologist can call themselves 'Dr', but they are not medical doctors. Clinical psychologists have special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.

How can clinical psychologists make the most money? ›

Here are some of the best ways psychologists can earn more money to advance toward their financial goals.
  1. Teaching psychology or related courses. ...
  2. Telehealth/telemedicine. ...
  3. Professional writing. ...
  4. Develop and run retreats and workshops. ...
  5. Public speaking. ...
  6. Be a consultant or coach. ...
  7. Be an expert witness. ...
  8. Be a mobile notary.
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How many years does it take to become a clinical psychologist? ›

A first B-degree with psychology as a major subject (3 – 4 years) 2. A postgraduate honours degree in psychology (1-2 years) 3. A professional masters degree in clinical psychology or research psychology (2 years).

Are clinical psychologists doctors? ›

Registered Clinical Psychologists must have completed an undergraduate degree in psychology (3 years) plus a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (3 years). It is usual to have also completed approximately 2-3 years of postgraduate clinical experience before entering the doctorate course.

Which course is best for clinical psychology? ›

Top Diploma and PG Diploma courses in India include Psychological Medicine, Applied Psychology, PGD in Counselling Psychology. Offered by many Colleges and Universities and can be of 1-2 years of duration.

Which country pays psychologists the most? ›

Top Destinations for a Career in Psychology
  1. Canada. Over the years, Canada has become a hot choice for aspirants looking for career options in various fields, and it's the same for psychology. ...
  2. The United States of America. ...
  3. Australia. ...
  4. The United Kingdom. ...
  5. Other Countries.
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