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Start Date
January

Campus
Magill

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
MMCL

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Study a degree that has been designed in consultation with practitioners, academics and students.
  • Learn from researchers at a university that is ranked number one in the state for research in psychology1.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete supervised clinical placements.
  • Gain practical experience in our on-campus Psychology Clinic.
  • Learn in on-campus observation rooms.
  • Enjoy excellent career prospects.

12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Snapshot

Snapshot

This master degree is for students who want to practice as clinical psychologists.

Designed in consultation with practitioners, academics and students, the curriculum is relevant and up-to-date. With a focus on current industry trends, you'll gain an advanced understanding of recent developments in clinical psychology. You’ll also explore research principles and how they apply to clinical psychology.

Under the supervision of fully-qualified clinical psychologists you will get the opportunity to practice your skills in our on-campus Psychology Clinic.

What you'll need

All students studying this degree will be required to complete criminal history screening through the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed.  

You must also hold a current Child Safe Environments Certificate. Some placements may also require a current driver's licence and a recognised First Aid Certificate.

Why Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Why this Degree

Be taught by world-class researchers in their field at a university that has been ranked number one in the state for research in psychology1.

Studying this psychology master degree will see you graduate industry-ready – the curriculum has been designed in consultation with practitioners, academics and students, meaning it is relevant, current and on-trend. We also have world-class facilities including on-campus observation rooms that are equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual recording devices.

You'll also get the opportunity to practice your skills in our on-campus Psychology Clinic, under the supervision of fully-qualified clinical psychologists. The clinic offers psychological services to the general public and is a great training resource.

The University also offers a tele-web psychology service to clients in rural and remote areas via video conferencing, and works in conjunction with the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Sleep Disorders Clinic to provide psychological solutions for sleep problems. As Australia’s university of enterprise:

  • we are No. 1 in South Australia for student satisfaction2
  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we hold 26th spot in the QS World University Rankings for institutions under 50 years old in 20173

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above.

We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine. It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)
2QILT: Course Experience Questionnaire 2015-2016 Overall Satisfaction Item
32017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

You will work alongside practicing clinical psychologists in our on-campus Psychology Clinic, which presents an opportunity for you to learn from fully-qualified industry professionals and to build important professional relationships and networks.

You will build further networks when you complete supervised external clinical placements during your second year. We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

 

Your career

Successful psychologists have the ability to listen, observe and analyse. Exceptional interpersonal skills are a must, as is the ability to think clearly and logically, and to communicate with ease. If you have all of these traits, the job prospects in Australia in the area of psychological science is looking good, with expected strong growth in the coming years1.

Careers to consider:

  • clinical psychologist: identify, diagnose and assist in the treatment of emotional, mental and behavioural problems through observation, interviews and tests
  • youth worker: work with young people, providing support and encouragement
  • disability support officer: provide support for people in the community with intellectual, physical, social and emotional disabilities
  • counsellor: work with individuals in a confidential setting, helping them to overcome problems
  • community development officer: work with communities to bring about social change
  • human resources manager: plan, implement and enhance an organisation's employee relations, as well as an organisation's policies, programs and practices
  • training officer: look after an organisation's learning and professional development obligations
  • crime prevention officer: educate people about crime and crime prevention methods; teach young people about the consequences of crime, may also work with victims of crime
  • behavioural ecologist: work with animals, analysing behavioural patterns; behavioural ecologists may work at museums, zoos and aquariums
  • drug/alcohol case worker: provide counselling support to individuals and families affected by drug/alcohol 

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion of the program graduates will have met the academic requirements for membership of the Australian Psychological Society and Associate Membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists within that Society. Graduates of the program are eligible for registration as psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

With a focus on current industry trends, you will gain an advanced understanding of recent developments in clinical psychology. You will also explore research principles and how they apply to clinical psychology. You will develop:

  • cognitive skills needed to retain theoretical knowledge
  • the ability to reflect critically on psychological theory and professional practice in clinical psychology
  • communication and technical research skills

This master degree has a strong practical component and, under the supervision of fully-qualified clinical psychologists, you will practice skills you have learnt in our on-campus Psychology Clinic.

You will also undertake professional clinical placements during your second year.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 22 – 36 hours of study when at university and 24 – 38 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • case studies
  • reports
  • portfolios
  • research proposals
  • presentations
  • practicals and placement

There may also be essays, assignments and examinations.

Global opportunities

UniSA offers an interactive and engaging study experience, incorporating fieldwork and global research into your degree. You will gain an international network and develop the skills needed to make a lasting contribution to society.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
First Semester (Study Period 1)
Clinical Skills BEHL 5094 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Basic Psychology Clinic Practice BEHL 5087 4.5
Adult Psychopathology BEHL 5093 4.5
Adult Psychological Assessment BEHL 5085 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Psychology Clinic Practice BEHL 5086 4.5
Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Interventions BEHL 5089 4.5
Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment BEHL 5088 4.5
Specialised Interventions BEHL 5091 4.5
Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Advanced Clinical Psychology Ethics and Professional Issues BEHL 6006 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Clinical Psychology Research Project 1 BEHL 6007 9
Health Psychology, Behavioural Medicine and Psychopharmacology BEHL 6011 4.5
External Clinical Psychology Practicum 1 BEHL 6009 4.5
Second Semester Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical Psychology Research Project 2 BEHL 6008 9
External Clinical Psychology Practicum 2 BEHL 6010 4.5

My research is focused on evolutionary psychology and the integration of evolutionary psychology in the domains personality, social, clinical psychology, and organisation psychology. I have a specific interest in life history theory and how this framework might help explain a number of human phenomena, such socially undesirable behaviours, psychopathology, and personality disorders.

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Magill

Magill is a quick drive, cycle or bus trip from the city. On campus there are TV, radio and sound studios, social work studios, a cognitive neuroscience laboratory, a psychology clinic, a language lab, a journalism newsroom, a theatre, a gym and a swimming pool. It’s only a short walk to local shops. Explore Magill >

Your study spaces

As a psychology student, you will have access to:

  • on-campus, state-of-the-art observation rooms where you can practice your skills with real-life scenarios
  • on-campus Psychology Clinic

Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply


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