MC002 - Master of Clinical Psychology

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Plan: MC002P16 - Master of Clinical Psychology
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Clinical Psychology
Award abbreviation: MClinPsych
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 years full time or 4 years part time
Location: Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 090701
CRICOS code: 093570G

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Purpose of the Program

The Master or Clinical Psychology is designed to provide the necessary training to prepare graduates for work as clinical psychologists. The program is oriented towards cognitive–behavioural psychology and graduates are trained and expected to work according to the scientist–professional model. A feature of the program is a capstone experience which extends across two courses: BESC1270 Internal Practicum 4 and BESC1276 External Practicum 2. The capstone represents a culmination of the program in terms of you demonstrating evidence of your attainment of program level learning outcomes and RMIT graduate attributes. It marks a transition to professional practice as you take an external clinical practicum (BESC1276) and explore, share and reflect on complex intervention techniques with your peers and practising clinical psychologists in your internal RMIT practicum (BESC1270).

This program is offered in face-to-face mode (on campus), with support for flexible learning where appropriate.

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Articulation and pathways

Satisfactory completion of this program enables you to apply for entry into a PhD program. Alternatively, following satisfactory completion of this program, you can apply for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and registration as a psychologist in Australia. Following a further two years of specialist supervised practice graduates are eligible for full membership of APS specialist Colleges.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for credit:

Exemptions for previous undergraduate study in psychology are not available in this program, as students must complete the full program in order to be eligible for professional accreditation.

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Entrance requirements

Admission into the MC002 Master of Clinical Psychology program is via competitive selection:

To be eligible for entry into the Master of Clinical Psychology program, applicants must have:

  • successfully completed an APAC approved fourth year of study in psychology (Honours or Graduate Diploma in Psychology) within the last 10 years* with an average of 80% or higher, and
  • demonstrated suitability for the program (by providing a Curriculum Vitae and personal statement for assessment), and
  • submitted two confidential referee reports via the Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System, and
  • satisfactorily completed a formal admissions interview, if shortlisted.

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

English Language Requirements International applicants: A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 8.0, with no band below 8.0, or equivalent.

Local applicants with international qualifications: If your APAC approved fourth year of study was not taught in English you must undertake an IELTS test and achieve a score of 8.0 with no band less than 8.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page

* If the APAC approved fourth year of study in psychology was completed more than 10 years ago, applicants must be currently registered as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and meet the Board's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

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External accreditation and industry links

The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). APAC is an independent quality and standards organisation, responsible for accrediting education providers and programs of study for the psychology profession. APAC is also the official accreditation board of Australia's leading professional psychology organization, the Australian Psychology Society (APS) and is responsible for and accredits the program every five years.

Successful completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology allows graduates to obtain full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency's (AHPRA) Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a Psychologist. After the appropriate period of specialist supervision graduates are eligible to apply for endorsement as a clinical psychologist with AHPRA and membership of professional organisations (e.g., Australian Psychological Society, Australian Clinical Psychologists Association).

The program has formal links through the Psychology Industry Advisory Committee (IAC) and major professional associations throughout the program development process.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the library

RMIT Library provides extensive resources, services and study space. All RMIT students have access to scholarly resources including course related material, books, e-books, journals and databases. Computers and group study rooms are available at each Library. One-on-one study support is available for assistance with assignment preparation, academic writing, referencing, maths and study skills. To contact Library staff for help, phone, email or chat via the Ask the Library service.

For recommended texts and databases relevant to your discipline, refer to:

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Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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