Courses & Units

Course rules for M7L Master of Psychology (Clinical)


1 The Faculty of Health (hereinafter called the Faculty) may accept as a candidate for the award of Master of Psychology with a specialisation in Clinical, any of the following:

[i] A person who:

(a) has completed the degree of Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science of the University of Tasmania, in either case with first or upper second class honours in Psychology; or

(b) has completed a degree or Graduate Diploma from this or another higher education institution which, in the opinion of the Faculty is at least equivalent in standing to the degree referred to in (a) above, and which contains as large a component of coursework and research in Psychology as that degree; or

[ii] The Faculty may accept as candidates for the award such persons who have obtained the preliminary qualification required as stated above and who, in the opinion of the Faculty on the advice of the head of the School of Psychology, can be suitably accommodated in the course for the award, having regard to the available facilities, equipment and teaching staff in that school.

2 Candidates shall complete the award requirements, hereinafter prescribed, in not less than two consecutive years of full-time study and research or not more than five consecutive years of part-time study and research. The minimum time for the award shall be two years of full-time study, or equivalent, and only those students whose study has been interrupted by illness or other reasonable cause may be granted additional time by the Faculty to complete the course.

Course structure

3 There shall be one specialisation in the award: Clinical.

To qualify for the award, the candidate shall:

[i] complete such coursework and carry out such placements as the Faculty may prescribe, and

[ii] submit for examination a thesis embodying the results of a research investigation. This investigation shall be carried out on a topic approved by the head of the School of Psychology, and under a supervisor appointed by the head. The thesis shall be submitted by 30 November of the second year of study, but the Faculty may vary this date in special cases.

4 [i] The units which may be included in a course for the award shall, unless otherwise approved by the dean, be in accordance with Schedule A.

[ii] Units may be counted towards the award only if they have been taken in accordance with prerequisites determined by the Faculty and as summarised in Schedule A.

[iii] A candidate normally may not enrol in any year in units totalling more than 100% weighting, or more than 50% weighting if the candidate is in full-time employment during any given semester.

[iv] Where two or more units of the same name or content are offered within the University, only one may be counted towards the award.

5 A student who fails to make satisfactory progress may be required by the Faculty on the recommendation of the head of the School of Psychology to withdraw from the course.

6 The Faculty shall recommend the appointment of two examiners of the thesis.

7 A candidate who has completed the coursework and placements referred to in clause [i] of paragraph 3 to the satisfaction of the head of the School of Psychology, and whose thesis has been approved by the examiners, shall be qualified for admission to the award of Master of Psychology.

Credit for previous studies

8 Passes in subjects or units in other courses (completed or otherwise) in this University or another approved tertiary institution (or other approved professional examining body) may be credited towards the award, provided that the Faculty may specify what more a candidate so credited shall be required to do to qualify for the award.


9 The Faculty may from time to time make amendments to the schedule.

10 These specifications shall take effect on 1 January 2003 and shall apply to all candidates for the award, including those enrolling for the first time in that year and those enrolled subsequently. Candidates who enrolled prior to 2003 will not be disadvantaged in any way by the introduction of these specifications.

11 The approved abbreviation for the award of Master of Psychology (Clinical) shall be MPsych(Clin).