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

  • 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.

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's 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.  

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. Most checks are completed within 48 hours.

You must also hold a current Child Safe Environments Certificate. 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

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'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)
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
Child and Adolescent Psychological Assessment BEHL 5088 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
Adult Psychological Assessment BEHL 5085 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

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

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's 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 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, 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

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.

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 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.

 

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.

Careers to consider:

  • 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 researcher: conducting clinical trials, recruiting and screening patients, maintaining patient care
  • academic: conducting mental health research and/or teaching in the area of clinical psychology within an educational institution
  • 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 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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 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 advanced facilities including modern 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:

  • 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 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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