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Queensland University of Technology

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Master of Clinical Psychology

The Master of Clinical Psychology builds upon the latest psychotherapy process and outcome research findings and uses an integrative approach to training students in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems and disorders. This approach assists students to develop a flexible and client-focused approach to practice, consistent with contemporary standards for evidence-based practice in clinical psychology.

Students learn to conceptualize and treat clinical presentations using relational psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, systemic, and narrative therapeutic approaches. Graduates of this course have the knowledge and competence to provide assessment and treatment across the lifespan.

Highlights

  • An integrative psychotherapeutic approach that provides students with a unique flexibility to conceptualize and treat clinical presentations across the lifespan.
  • Graduate eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist in Australia.
  • Learn to conceptualize and treat clinical presentations including relational psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and systemic narrative therapeutic approaches.
  • Gain experience with an internship at our specialized Psychology and Counselling clinic, and with clinical training in external hospitals, community agencies, and mental health settings.
  • Opportunity to complete a study program that combines Master of Clinical Psychology in a partially part-time mode with concurrent, but staggered, completion of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.).

Campus Information

Kelvin Grove

Kelvin Grove campus hosts the faculties of Creative Industries, Education, and Health as well as the QUT International College and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

Accreditation

Intakes

  • Feb

Application Processing Time in Days: 40

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview Call From Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer
5 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Careers and outcomes

This course provides the academic foundation for a career in clinical psychology. Clinical psychologists are employed in a wide range of health and counseling services and are also able to work as independent (private) practitioners. Clinical psychology may also provide a springboard for other careers, subject to additional or complementary training.  

Please note that while successful course completion leads directly to general registration as a psychologist, endorsement as a clinical psychologist requires an additional period of approved supervised practice. 

On endorsement, graduates may apply for specialist positions as clinical psychologists and enjoy the increased scope of practice and more flexible arrangements under Medicare, when working in private practice settings.

Possible careers

  • Change Manager
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counselor
  • Critical Incident or Disaster Response Manager
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Health Psychologist
  • Program Evaluator
  • Psychologist
  • Research Fellow

PSW Opportunity

  • Students who graduate with a Masters's by coursework degree are eligible for a 2-year work visa.

 

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Academic entry requirements

A completed recognized four-year bachelor degree in psychology completed within the last ten years with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 6.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale); and

A minimum fourth-year psychology units grade point average (GPA) of 6.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale) in your psychology bachelor degree; and

The bachelor's degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a four-year training (or equivalent). For example, QUT's Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology) degree.

Applicants with overseas qualifications must provide certification from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) stating their degree is equivalent to APAC-approved, four-year training in psychology.

The Australian Psychological Society advises the average processing time is eight weeks, therefore applicants with overseas qualifications need to seek certification by no later than July.

Additional entry requirements

  • Ask two referees to provide us with confidential reports via the Psychology Reference System and for you to share those reports with QUT by 30 September;
    • This system is the same across many Australian universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active annual subscription. The cost is $25.00 and can be paid for through the "My Account" section in the payment tab.
    • It is recommended that one report is from your fourth-year thesis supervisor.
  • Successful questionnaire
  • Successful interview

Additional information

Entry to this course is competitive. Applicants are shortlisted in priority order on the basis of their GPA, referee reports, and questionnaire. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in mid-October to attend an in-person interview at the Kelvin Grove campus or via telephone or skype in late October/early November to assess their interpersonal skills in a clinical context. Admission is based on GPA, interview, questionnaire, and referee reports.

Closing date

Entry into this course is competitive and applications have an early closing date of 30 September of the previous year.

Blue card

This course requires you to have a blue card so you can participate in work placements and experience.