Master of Psychology (Clinical)
You're considered an Australian student if you are any of the following:
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.
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.
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:
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
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.
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:
1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015
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.
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:
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.
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.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
There may also be essays, assignments and examinations.
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.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|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|
|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|
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