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Clinical Psychology

Course overview

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD) trains psychology graduates in the professional specialisation of clinical psychology. The MCP and MCP/PhD are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year of study.

The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), through APAC, also recognises both courses for the purposes of registration and for an endorsed area of practice in clinical psychology.

The MCP and MCP/PhD include three components: academic course work, supervised clinical placements and research. The academic coursework involves lectures, workshops, forums and seminars by the University academic staff.

The program includes a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical placement experience, through supervised clinical practice in our on-campus Psychology Clinic and external teaching hospitals and clinics. The research component requires students to undertake research on a clinical topic, and to complete either a masters research project or doctoral research thesis.

Students gain knowledge and practical experience to work as a professional clinical psychologist. Our programs adopt a Scientist-Practitioner model, led by practicing psychologists with expertise in their research areas recognised at an international level. The course develops foundational skills in cognitive behavioural therapy, by gaining experience of therapy and psychometric assessment across the lifespan. Students develop further depth and breadth to their clinical experience, through advanced units of study and external clinical placements by exposure to additional models of treatment.

Contact and further information

Program Coordinator:
Associate Professor Maree Abbott, Director of Clinical Education

Course resolutions

Master of Clinical Psychology

The course resolutions detailed in this page apply to all courses included in the table below under section 1 (course codes).

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 2021 (the 'Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021, the Academic Integrity Policy 2022 and the Academic Integrity Procedures 2022. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy

1 Course codes


Course and stream title


Master of Clinical Psychology

2 Attendance pattern

(1) The attendance pattern for this course is full-time for the first year. Students may apply to the Director of Clinical Training to switch to a part-time enrolment from second year.

3 Admission to candidature

Available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit and interview, according to the following admissions criteria.

(1) To be eligible to be admitted to candidature by the Dean, an applicant must:

(a) hold or have completed the requirements for an APAC-accredited 4th year qualification with First Class Honours in Psychology; and

(b) satisfy the Head of the School of Psychology of their personal suitability for the practice of clinical psychology, as determined by interview.

(2) The 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, are equivalent to those prescribed in sub-clause (1).

(3) An applicant for admission to candidature must submit to the Faculty:

(a) satisfactory evidence of the applicant's eligibility for admission; and

(b) two referees' reports (two academic or one academic and one work experience related), as required by the Head of the School of Psychology.

(4) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who wish to be considered for admission under the Cadigal program must additionally apply through the University's Mana Yura Student Support Team. Eligible applicants may be given priority for interviews.

4 Requirements for award

(1) 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.

(2) To qualify for the award of the degree of Master of Clinical Psychology, a candidate must:

(a) complete 96 credit points of units of study as set out in the table of units of study; and

(b) complete clinical placements as prescribed by the Head of School; and

(c) conduct a research project on an approved topic.

5 Cross-institutional study

(1) Cross-institutional study is not available in this course.

6 Course transfer

(1) The Master of Clinical Psychology is completed as a stand-alone course. Transfer from the Master of Clinical Psychology to the Master of Clinical Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy is allowed.

7 Credit for previous study

(1) Credit transfer for the Master of Clinical Psychology component is subject to the provisions of the Coursework Policy and the Resolutions of the Faculty of Science, except that:

(a) no more than 48 credit points may be credited; and

(b) 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

(1) Except with the permission of the Dean or Associate Dean, a candidate will complete the requirements for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree:

(a) within a minimum period of four semesters and a maximum period of twelve semesters for full-time study; or

(b) within a minimum period of eight semesters and a maximum period of twelve semesters for part-time study; and

(c) within six calendar years of admission to candidature.

9 Progression rules

(1) Candidates for the award course must satisfactorily complete all units of study.

(2) PSYC6079, PSYC6080, PSYC6081, PSYC6086 are defined as barrier practicum units under the Progression rules of the University of Sydney (Coursework) Policy 2014.

(3) Coursework and research units of study will be dealt with under the Progression rules of the University of Sydney (Coursework) Policy 2014.

(4) Students who fail any of the barrier practicum units will be advised to undertake remediation prior to re-enrolling in the failed unit.

10 Transitional provisions

(1) These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January 2022, and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January 2022 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.

(2) Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January 2022 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 2028.