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Overview

Gain the knowledge and practical experience to work as a professional clinical psychologist through the Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP). With expert supervision in clinics, teaching hospitals and community settings, the course will give you the skills to work in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders.

The MCP involves two years of full-time study. You will develop a theoretical foundation through coursework taught by leading academic staff at the University of Sydney. Then, you can put this to the test in real situations through 1200 hours of clinical placements, both in our on-campus Psychology Clinic as well as outstanding teaching hospitals like Westmead Hospital and the Children's Hospital at Westmead. Finally, your learning will be bolstered by the opportunity to specialise with a research-based project in your own are of interest.

Graduates of the MCP program leave with a scientific and evidence-based approach to clinical psychology. The program’s cognitive-behavioural approach to treatment, coupled with alternative models of therapy introduced in the second year, will ensure you will have with both depth and breadth to your clinical training.

The MCP is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year of study, and is an approved qualification for Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), through APAC, also recognizes the program for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology. This program is recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychology.

Commonwealth Supported Places

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course for eligible domestic students.  This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSP places are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

Subject areas
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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status
The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

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How to apply

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 9am, Friday 30 October 2020 for 2021 admission.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 9am, Friday 30 October 2020 for 2021 admission.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February)

What you'll study

The MCP degree is available to both domestic and international applicants. The MCP/PhD double degree is only available to domestic applicants.

Study plan

The MCP involves two years of full-time study and includes three components; academic course work, supervised clinical placements and research. The academic coursework involves lectures, workshops, forums and seminars by the University academic staff. Qualified Clinical Psychologists provide trainees with supervised clinical practice in the internal Psychology Clinic as well as a variety of external teaching hospitals and clinics.  The research component requires students to plan and execute a research-based project on a clinical topic.

Degree sample: Master of Clinical Psychology

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
Clinical Skills and Practice
Treatment Across the Lifespan
Assessment Across the Lifespan
Research, Ethics and Professional Practice
Case and Research Seminars 1
Placement 1
Health and Neuropsychology
Specialised Areas of Practice
Year 2
Case and Research Seminars 2
Research Project 1
External Placement 1
Placement 2 and Complex Presentations
Case and Research Seminars 3
Research Project 2
External Placement 2
Advanced Models and Seminars

 

MCP/PhD study plan and degree structure

 

Units of Study

Work component

Mandatory work component = 1200 hours.

This mandatory work component must be completed as part of the award requirements for the course.

Applying for entry

2021 applications open on 30 July 2020.

Inherent requirements

There are inherent requirements for clinical psychology study at the University of Sydney, including for both the MCP and the MCP/PhD. Applicants should review these inherent requirements to ensure they are able to successfully complete the course.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course, while preserving the academic integrity of the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes.

The University welcomes and encourages applications from students with disabilities, and from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Where there are physical, intellectual, cultural, religious or other factors that impact on a student’s ability to meet the inherent requirements, the University will make reasonable adjustments to assist the student to meet the requirements. 

Admission requirements

  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four year bachelors degree with honours in psychology from a higher education provider, gaining at least an upper second class (2.1) honours or equivalent. 
    • The bachelors degree with honours must have been completed within 10 years of commencing the MCP or the MCP/PhD.
    • The bachelors degree with honours must include a major research project and thesis as an essential part of the degree.
  • You must satisfy the Head of the School of Psychology (or delegate) of your personal suitability for the practice of clinical psychology through your application, references and selection interview.
  • Applicants for the MCP/PhD must additionally meet the PhD admission requirements.

Non-Australian qualifications (if relevant)

The Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) provides information on APAC accredited psychology qualifications in Australia.

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) assesses non-Australian qualifications for APAC equivalence. All qualifications obtained from a non-Australian Higher Education Provider must be assessed as equivalent by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) before an application may be submitted.

English language requirements (if relevant)

Applicants must comply with the English language requirements of the University of Sydney (a minimum of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band). English language test scores must be less than two years old from course commencement.

Applicants must also comply with the English language requirements of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Additional English language requirements apply under the current AHPRA standards for registration. Where AHPRA standards are inconsistent with University of Sydney standards, the higher standard will apply. 

Applicants relying on primary, secondary and/or tertiary qualifications to satisfy AHPRA's English language requirements must provide documentary evidence to demonstrate completion of the qualification, language of instruction, duration and recognised country. Recognised countries include: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, UK or USA.

English language requirements must be met by the application closing date.

Selection criteria

Admission is very competitive due to the large number of high calibre applications received and limited number of places available each year. All applications must be submitted by the application closing date. Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered for the selection interview. Only top-ranking applicants meeting all academic admission requirements and selection criteria will be invited to attend a selection interview.

In order to be competitive:

  • Within the Faculty of Science in the University of Sydney, first class honours is considered to be an overall fourth year result of no less than 80%. A minimum result of first class honours is expected for entry into MCP.
  • Within the Faculty of Science in the University of Sydney, upper second class (2.1) honours is considered to be an overall fourth year result of no less than 75%. Applicants with upper second class (2.1) honours with an overall fourth year honours result of less than 75% from other education providers are non-competitive.
  • An APAC accredited four year degree plus a completed Master of Philosophy or Master of Science by research in psychology may be considered in lieu of upper second class (2.1) honours.
  • The overall fourth year result includes fourth year units of study only. Results from the first three years of undergraduate study are not included in the calculation.
  • If you are unable to provide evidence of your overall honours result as a mark out of 100 (%) on your transcript or as a letter from your fourth year coordinator or administrator, your numeric GPA or non-numeric grade will be mapped to the lower end of the scale for ranking purposes.

The selection interview aims to identify applicants who have a demonstrated interest in clinical psychology, an awareness of clinical issues, and are personally suitable for clinical practice, with sound interpersonal and relational skills. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate the capacity to achieve high levels of scholarship, to be responsive to diversity, and to handle the stress and demands of clinical training. We aim for our graduates to become emerging leaders in the profession, in clinical, research or academic contexts. The selection interview is usually held in the first week of December.

Offers of admission will be made to qualified applicants on the basis of academic merit and interview, according to the admissions and selection criteria. Offers are usually made from mid-December.

How to apply

What to apply for?

  • The MCP degree is available to both domestic and international applicants. Applicants submit one MCP admission application.
  • The MCP/PhD double degree is only available to domestic applicants. Applicants submit two separate admission applications - one for MCP and one for PhD.
  • Please note that the application for PhD (for MCP/PhD) is different to the application for standalone PhD. Please do not submit an application for standalone PhD.

Gadigal Program

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who wish to be considered for admission under the Gadigal Program must additionally submit a Gadigal application. Eligible applicants may be given priority for the selection interview.

Application procedure

  • Upload no more than 5 supporting documents to your application:
  1. Identification PDF
  2. Academic PDF
  3. English PDF (if relevant)
  4. Research PDF (for MCP/PhD applicants only)
  5. Authorisation PDF (for applicants currently enrolled in fourth year honours)
Referee reports

All applicants must provide references via the Psychology Reference System.

MCP applicants must provide:

  • Two academic references, OR
  • One academic reference and one clinically relevant work experience reference.

MCP/PhD applicants must provide:

  • Two academic references.

Applicants must register with the Psychology Reference System to nominate their two referees online. Referees are then prompted to complete an online reference. Applicants must share the completed references with the University of Sydney via the Psychology Reference System.

  • Applicants who do not correctly provide completed references and share these with the University of Sydney via the Psychology Reference System by the application closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that the University of Sydney does not operate the Psychology Reference System. The University of Sydney is not responsible for monitoring and reviewing content of the Psychology Reference System website.

Professional accreditation, registration and endorsement

Accreditation

The MCP and the MCP/PhD provide a professional postgraduate qualification in clinical psychology. 

  • Both courses are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year of study, and is an approved qualification for Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. 
  • The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), through APAC, also recognises both courses for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology.
  • The MCP and the MCP/PhD courses are recognised, in principle, by the New South Wales Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of Clinical Psychologist. 

Registration

Provisional registration
  • Before commencing candidature in the MCP degree, all students are required to have applied for provisional registration with AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). 
  • Students must hold provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) in order to commence clinical placements in the first year of the MCP degree.
Full registration
  • MCP students will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia following the award of the MCP degree.
  • MCP/PhD students will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), following the completion of all coursework and placements of the MCP, and research writing has progressed sufficiently to be equivalent in size and scope to the thesis requirements for the MCP.

Clinical endorsement

In order to gain endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a Clinical Psychologist, following the completion of the MCP or MCP/PhD, graduates need to undertake a two-year full-time equivalent Registrar program. 

  • The Clinical Psychology Registrar program is a two-year full time equivalent program which involves clinical psychology practice, supervision, and continuing professional development.
  • Students are eligible to apply to AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia, seeking approval to undertake the Registrar program once they have been granted full registration.

International equivalency

In regard to international equivalency for accreditation and registration of the MCP and MCP/PhD, students are advised to contact the relevant accreditation and registration bodies in their own country for accurate advice.

However, with careful selection of clinical placements and additional clinical placements hours, MCP graduates can meet UK and European standards, and MCP/PhD graduate may meet US and Canadian standards.

Career Pathways

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) is the path to professional specialisation in clinical psychology. By the end of this degree, you will have the highly developed knowledge base and strong clinical skills needed to work as a professional clinical psychologist in many clinical and community settings.

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) is recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychologist.

Upon graduation, students are eligible for membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA).

Domestic students

International students

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