Master of Psychology (Clinical) (M7L)

Overview  2019

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

Hobart
Semester 1

Commonwealth Supported places available

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years
Entry requirements

Location

Hobart
Semester 1
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) course is a HECS-based course offered on the Hobart campus on a full or part-time basis.

The degree is a professional training program in psychology which will prepare you for professional work as a psychologist by developing professional knowledge and skills, along with advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge, in line with the scientist-practitioner model.

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree course prepares students for professional work as psychologists through the development of advanced professional skills, in tandem with theoretical and empirical knowledge, in line with the scientist-practitioner model.

Career outcomes

Professional Recognition

Master of Psychology (Clinical) graduates who have undertaken studies in the clinical stream meet the academic requirements for general registration as a psychologist, membership of the Australian Psychological Society and, following two years of supervised professional experience, membership of the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists.

Course structure

Clinical Psychology Course Schedule

Semester 1

This unit aims to provide students with the knowledge and practical skills to conduct a competent psychological assessment. Relevant clinical and theoretical literature will be reviewed, with an emphasis given to the practical skills needed to evaluate, administer, score and…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Studies the development, organisation and content of mental disorders. In general an experimental-clinical approach is taken, and intern psychologists are expected to become familiar with current research in the area. Consideration will be given to the diagnostic features of specific…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will introduce students to the fundamentals of behaviour change and the various evidence-based cognitive-behavioural therapeutic techniques that are necessary to undertake their first placement.…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The objectives of the unit are (1) to introduce students to a variety of research methodologies and statistics related to clinical psychology, (2) program planning and evaluation, and (3) assist students with developing their research proposal. Topics covered include single…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit aims to provide an overview of the most commonly encountered behavioural, emotional, social and developmental childhood and adolescent clinical disorders. Topics may include attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, learning and intellectual…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit considers practical and ethical issues in clinical psychological practice. Students are introduced to key ethical codes and legislation and to a model for ethical decision-making through practice-based examples.Key practice issues including guidelines of professional and ethical conduct, confidentiality,…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Students prepare a research proposal and present this to psychology staff and postgraduate students towards the end of May. The proposal should conform to the Division of Psychology guidelines. Once formal approval of the research proposal has been received, the…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

This unit aims to provide students with advanced training in the administration and interpretation of clinical assessment instruments. An evidence-based approach to best practice in psychological assessment will be emphasised. Topics will focus on assessing specific diagnostic problems.In this unit…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit will take a disorder specific approach and teach students evidence based treatment for a variety of common mental health conditions. The emphasis in this unit will be on understanding the theoretical basis, outcome literature and specific techniques relevant…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit considers the practical issues relevant to the experience of psychology practice. Lectures will outline key theoretical models and evidence-based treatments for specific adult psychological disorders, as well as key professional practice issues. Classroom discussion and exercises will provide…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This is the first period of supervised professional experience practice for all students, and for most students this placement occurs in the University Psychology Clinic (UPC). In total, the first clinical placement requires 300-350 hours of professional experience at the…

Credit Points: 18.75

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

In consultation with the research supervisor, students seek ethics approval for their research and progress with the literature review and/or research study.…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester1

This unit considers clinical practice and ethical issues relevant to the practice and profession of clinical psychology. The unit aims to develop clinical practice skills and knowledge necessary for students engaged in psychology placements. Clinical practice or ethical issues relevant…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The unit provides an overview of theories, core skills and practice issues in health psychology intervention and prevention. This unit examines the relationship between psychological functioning and health related issues with particular emphasis being given to working with people who…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The second clinical placement unit requires 300-350 hours of professional experience at an external placement setting (or settings). Placement settings will encompass a range of client problems, varying age ranges, contexts, and use of a variety of clinical skills. This…

Credit Points: 18.75

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 18.75

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Semester 2

This unit contains two major components. The first provides an introduction to psychopharmacology and the underlying physiological systems that are involved in psychopathological disturbances. Students will also be introduced to pharmacological interventions currently used in Australia for particular disorder classes,…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This objective of this unit is to introduce students to specialist areas of clinical practice. This unit will involve a series of weekly two-hour workshops consisting of presentations on advanced clinical issues such as multi-cultural and indigenous psychology, working with…

Credit Points: 6.25

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

The third clinical placement requires 300-400 hours of professional experience at an external placement setting, or settings. Placement settings will encompass a range of client problems, varying age ranges, contexts, and use of a variety of clinical skills. This placement…

Credit Points: 18.75

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Credit Points: 18.75

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
HobartSemester 1
HobartSemester 2

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

Entry requirements

Please note: The closing time and date for the receipt of applications for admission to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) in 2019 is 11.59pm on 30 September 2018.  Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Further information regarding applying for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree can be found in the Postgraduate Psychology FAQs  (PDF 239 KB)

Applications for the Master of Psychology (Clinical) program are only accepted from those applicants:

  1. who have completed, or will complete, a four year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence in psychology within the last 10 years, and
  2. who have attained a minimum entrance requirement of an Upper Second Class Honours (2A) psychology degree or equivalent, and
  3. who are eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist

Please note the following:

Those applicants who have not completed a four year APAC- accredited sequence in psychology, must have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and provide the resulting assessment report from the APS with their application.  Information on how to do this and the fees associated with this service can be found at: http://www.psychology.org.au/membership/qualifications/  The assessment report must state that the applicant's qualifications are comparable to a four year APAC- accredited sequence in psychology. Applicants must also provide a letter from their University indicating that their fourth year qualification is equivalent to an upper second class Honours degree.

Students who have completed a three year plus a fourth year APAC-accredited sequence without Honours grading need to provide a letter from their University indicating that their fourth year qualification is equivalent to an upper second class Honours degree.

Applicants should note that meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee entry to the program. Each year the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of available places.  A competitive entry process is followed.  Applications need to be submitted on-line through the University of Tasmania Admissions website by the end of September.  All applicants must satisfy the Division of Psychology that they are suitable candidates for professional training in psychology. Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview in November.

If you are accepted into an accredited postgraduate psychology program in Australia you will need to obtain Provisional Registration from the Psychology Board of Australia in order to commence the degree.  The minimum educational requirement for Provisional Registration in Australia is an accredited four year sequence of study.  Please be aware that Provisional Registration for Psychologists will require successful applicants to disclose the following:

  • Any criminal history (both National and International where applicable)
  • Any impairment that is likely to detrimentally affect your capacity to practise as a psychologist
  • If your registration in any profession is currently suspended or has been cancelled in Australia or overseas

Overseas applicants will also need to provide proof of English language proficiency. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has specified that it is mandatory for all graduates seeking registration with the Psychology Board of Australia to demonstrate that they have achieved an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (academic module) with a minimum score of 7 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking).  Test results will generally need to have been obtained within the two years preceding the application for registration.

More information about registration requirements for overseas applicants can be found on the Psychology Board of Australia website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Registration/Overseas-Applicants.aspx

Please note: international students should also refer to the General Admission Requirements page for information regarding entry requirements.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE

All students enrolling in College of Health and Medicine programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements documentation.

Please visit http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement/safety-in-practice-requirements to see what's required.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

International students

International students are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the annual rate. International students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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