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Clinical Psychology


Master of Clinical Psychology

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2014, the Resolutions of the Faculty, the University of Sydney (Student Appeals against Academic Decisions) Rule 2006 (as amended) and the Academic Board policies on Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism. Up to date versions of all such documents are available from the Policy Register:

Course resolutions

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Master of Clinical Psychology


2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full-time or part-time. Both full-time and part-time students must follow a fixed timetable.

3 Admission to candidature

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit and interview, according to the following admissions criteria.
To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean or Associate Dean, an applicant must:
hold or have completed the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Psychology, Bachelor of Science (Honours), Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences)(Honours) or Bachelor of Liberal Studies (Honours) from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours Division 1 in Psychology; and
satisfy the Head of the School of Psychology of his or her personal suitability for the practice of clinical psychology, as determined by interview.
The Dean or Associate Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet the requirements of sub-clause (1), provided that the applicant holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Dean or Associate Dean, are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1).
An applicant for admission to candidature must submit to the Faculty:
satisfactory evidence of the applicant's eligibility for admission; and
two referees' reports (two academic or one academic and one work experience related), as required by the Head of the School of Psychology.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who wish to be considered for admission under the Cadigal program must additionally apply through the University's Koori Centre. Eligible applicants may be given priority for interviews.

4 Requirements for award

The units of study that may be taken for the Master of Clinical Psychology are set out in the table of units of study for the Master of Clinical Psychology course.
To qualify for the award of the degree of Master of Clinical Psychology, a candidate must:
complete 96 credit points of units of study as set out in the table of units of study; and
complete clinical placements as prescribed by the Head of School; and
conduct a research project on an approved topic.

5 Cross-institutional study

Cross-institutional study is not available in this course.

6 Course transfer

The Master of Clinical Psychology is completed as a stand-alone course. No transfer from the Master of Clinical Psychology to the Master of Clinical Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy is allowed.

7 Credit for previous study

Credit transfer for the Master of Clinical Psychology component is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Rule and the Resolutions of the Faculty of Science, except that:
no more than 48 credit points may be credited; and
the coursework must have been completed no more than three years prior to first enrolment in this course and not have been counted towards another award.

8 Time limits

Except with the permission of the Dean or Associate Dean, a candidate will complete the requirements for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree:
within a minimum period of four semesters and a maximum period of twelve semesters for full-time study; or
within a minimum period of eight semesters and a maximum period of twelve semesters for part-time study; and
within six calendar years of admission to candidature.

9 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2017 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2017 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2017 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2020, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.

Course overview

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) trains psychology graduates in the professional specialisation of clinical psychology. The MCP program is based on a Scientist-Practitioner model with an emphasis on a cognitive behavioural therapeutic approach, providing students with expertise, both practical and academic, to enable them to work as professional Clinical Psychologists in a variety of clinical settings. Advanced units of study and external placements allow students to develop a breadth of clinical experience as they are introduced to additional therapeutic approaches such as Schema therapy, DBT, Systems and Child and Family therapy.

Course outcomes

Our graduates will have a highly developed knowledge base and strong clinical skills necessary for both the practice of professional psychology on the one hand and conducting psychological research on the other.