Start Date
January

Campus
Magill

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
MMCL

SATAC Code
4CM231 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Gain a qualification that enables you to become a registered psychologist immediately upon graduation and begin clinical psychology registrar training.
  • Enjoy excellent career prospects.
  • Gain a well-respected qualification that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. 
  • 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 practical experience in our on-campus Psychology Clinic.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete supervised clinical placements.

1The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Snapshot

Snapshot

This Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree is for students who want to become clinical psychologists.

Designed in consultation with practitioners, academics and students, and accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, the curriculum is relevant and up-to-date. You'll gain an advanced understanding of established empirically-supported best practice and 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 Human Services prior to being accepted for work placements. The clearance is valid for three years and can take up to eight weeks to be processed.  

In addition to this, a National Police check is also required. A combination of histories will be required as part of this check, and is only current at the time of issue.

You must also have completed a  Safe Environments training for Children and Young People course. Some placements may also require a confirmation of immune status as outlined by SA Health, as well as a current driver's licence and a recognised First Aid Certificate.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

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:

  • Knowledge of development, psychopathology and the biopsychosocial factors that influence mental health
  • Clinical skills in assessment, diagnosis and intervention
  • The ability to reflect critically on psychological theory and professional practice in clinical psychology
  • Communication and technical research skills

This Master's 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.

Degree structure

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

Study hours

The program has a heavy time commitment. In addition to scheduled classes, you will require additional hours of study in your own time to complete assignments and readings. You will balance clinical work, which requires wide reading, practice and documentation time in addition to time spent delivering services directly to clients, with coursework and the development of a research project.

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 will also be essays, assignments and examinations.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

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.

This psychology Master's degree will see you graduate ready to register as a psychologist and practice independently. It will also allow you to begin a registrar program leading to endorsement in clinical psychology. The curriculum has been designed in consultation with practitioners, academics and students, and in accordance with level 3 and 4 standards of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, meaning it is relevant, current and reliable.

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 equipped with state-of-the-art audio and visual recording devices for observing and providing feedback to students.

The University also offers a tele psychology service to clients in rural and remote areas and to those in metropolitan areas when it is not safe to provide face-to-face appointments. This service 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 and we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students.

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.

1The only university in SA to have all its assessed Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2019-20 – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

Real-world connections

You will hear from practising psychologists who will feature as guest lecturers in a number of your courses which also presents an opportunity for you 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.

 

Career outcomes

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 expected to grow in the coming years1.

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is a specialised degree which prepare trainees to become clinical psychologists. Graduates of this degree would be equipped for any of the following careers:

  • clinical psychologist: identify, diagnose and assist in the treatment of adult and child emotional, mental and behavioural problems through the use of behavioural medicine, observation, interviews and tests
  • clinical psychology researcher: researching mental health disorders and their alleviation
  • academic: conducting mental health research and/or teaching in the area of clinical psychology within an educational institution

Professional accreditation and recognition

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.

How to apply

Visit Apply for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) to view the full application process, including selection criteria, referee information and admission processes.

Once you are ready to apply, please make note of the SATAC course code at the top of this page in order to lodge your application directly via SATAC.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a psychology student, you will have access to:

Your study spaces

Your program director

I am both the Program Director for this degree and Senior Clinic Supervisor. My research focuses on enhancing the delivery of psychological therapies in routine practice. Before academia, I worked as a clinical psychologist in adult mental health services, addiction treatment services and private practice. I believe low student-staff ratios, combined with close supervision and high-quality feedback, plays an important role in developing the skills and confidence our students need to be effective psychologists. Our teaching team has international training and extensive teaching, clinical and supervisory experience.  We are very proud of our graduates who routinely receive glowing feedback from field supervisors and are in high demand from employers.

Dr Matthew Smout

Program Director

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I enjoyed the wide variety of content in the courses within my degree. I believe UniSA offers a wide variety of areas to specialise in, even within Psychology, and it gave me experiences that changed the trajectory of my career in a really positive way.

Stephanie Webb

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Lecturer, University of South Australia

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Stephanie Webb

Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Lecturer, University of South Australia