Become a highly skilled clinical psychologist that can provide services in assessment, treatment, research and evaluation, at the individual and system levels.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
If you’re working towards becoming a registered psychologist and have completed your fourth year, this course provides you with the education required to complete the 2-year higher degree pathway towards an endorsement in clinical psychology. If you are already working as a registered psychologist, you’ll gain specialist skills in clinical practice through this course.
Clinical psychology focuses on a strict scientist-practitioner model that emphasises a systematic problem-solving approach that will prepare you with the skills you need for working with a diverse range of clients. You’ll learn how to apply your skills and knowledge in clinical psychology and work with individuals and groups across the lifespan.
You’ll learn through coursework, practicum, and research components, undertaking at least three practical placements to hone your skills in clinical psychology.
5 reasons to study a Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical) at Murdoch
- You’ll study in a highly engaged professional psychology environment that is flexible and supportive.
- Learn from leading academics and experienced clinicians who are committed to helping you succeed in your studies.
- Gain professional experience with clients through at least three practical placements, including our on-campus community-oriented psychology clinic, and with external agencies.
- Establish a network of valuable industry contacts through your external practical placement that will open up employment opportunities when you graduate. Murdoch has arrangements with a wide variety of service providers including public and private hospitals, education providers, community mental health services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disability services and more.
- Have the opportunity to undertake placements at adult and child clinical facilities, gaining experience with individuals from a diversity of backgrounds with a range of psychological and mental health conditions.
Develop your skills
Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:
- clinical assessment, interviewing, diagnosis, and test administration
- psychotherapy and evidence-based practice in clinical psychology
- a range of approaches for working effectively with children, families, and adults in their social and cultural context
- clinical assessment and treatment of health problems, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities across the lifespan
- working and communicating effectively with other professionals in clinical planning, assessment, and implementing interventions.
Psychologists are emerging as highly employable professionals in contemporary health services, given their strong grounding in effective interventions, solid assessment skills and their ability to devise and implement research. Clinical psychology remains the most popular specialisation within psychology both in Australia and internationally.
Employment growth for Clinical Psychologists is expected to be strong given the continued need for mental health services in the community.
You will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, including private practice as a registered psychologist, and working in various public and private sector agencies in areas such as health, community mental health, justice, education, and disabilities.
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia and the College of Clinical Psychologists at the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Once the course is completed graduates can apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for registration as a psychologist and for membership of the APS.
To obtain full endorsement in Clinical Psychology by the Psychology Board of Australia, graduates are required to complete additional practice under supervision as part of a registered program for endorsement.
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.
Entry requirements for
Graduate students must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist. Within the first two weeks of commencing the program, the student must gain provisional registration with Psychology Board of Australia. As many agencies require all staff working with their clients or patients to have a police clearance, applicants are required to obtain a Federal police clearance (which will include WA clearance). In addition, a working with children check by the Department of Child Protection is required. Clearly any agency will only be seeking information about behaviours that may place vulnerable clients at risk and will not be interested in any other type of behaviours. The applicant meets the cost of these clearances. Please note that some organisations providing professional placements require students to provide full immunisation records. Applicants must be in a position to provide these records if required.
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.
We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.
How to apply as a Domestic StudentInternational Student
Apply now to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system.
Sorry, this course does not accept admissions for commencement in Semester 2. Please consider starting your studies in Semester 1 of the following year.
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