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Master of Clinical Psychology - CG17

As a clinical psychologist you may be employed in a wide range of practice-related fields including outpatient, inpatient, counselling, educational, forensic, health and other settings that focus on assisting people across the lifespan, from children through to elderly. You may also be employed in teaching and research settings. Upon graduation, you may work in both the private sector and the public sector, including hospitals, government departments and agencies.

DOMESTIC
STUDY MODES

On Campus

UNITS/CREDITS

15/96

DURATION

2 years full-time, 4 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Rockhampton

The course is supported by two full-time clinical psychologists appointed at the level of Associate Professor and a number of both part time and casual appointments. Clinical psychologists develop skills in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide range of psychological disorders. This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to gain entry to this exciting and challenging career path. The course is grounded in the scientist-practitioner ethos where the building of theoretical knowledge is integrated with the graduated and supported the development of clinical practice skills.

The Master of Clinical Psychology course at CQUniversity is an accredited 5th and 6th-year psychology course that, upon successful completion, allows you to apply for both registrations as a generalist psychologist and enrolment in the relevant registrar courses for endorsement as a clinical psychologist. Completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology also provides you with the opportunity for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

The Master of Clinical Psychology is an intensive two-year course, currently offered internally at the Rockhampton campus. The first year of the course is centred around the Wellness Centre which is the university psychology clinic. This is a busy public clinic where you will have the opportunity to work in a supportive, supervised environment to build practice skills with adult and child therapy and assessment referrals. In the second year of the course as a sixth year student, you extend your clinical practice skills with two external placements. Currently, the course offers student placements at public and private inpatient mental health services, community-based outpatient mental health services, including Child and Family Services, AODS and Aboriginal Health Services. Other student placements are offered with NGO organisations, the local correctional centre, Headspace and Medicare Local. 

Core Units 15 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

Course structure

The Master of Clinical Psychology has fourteen (14) prescribed units for you to study, including clinical work and thesis.

Unit information

For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

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On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2023Rockhampton

Application information

  • Applications for Term 1, 2023 will open on Monday, 1 August, 2022 and will close on Monday, 31 October 2022. 
Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.
Unit NameCodeDescription
Research and Clinical Practice 1PSYC21007Students are required to undertake clinical work at the university based clinic.
Clinic Team IIIPSYC22005Students are required to undertake an off-site placement.
Clinic Team IVPSYC22006Students are required to undertake an off-site placement.
Clinical Practice 2PSYC21008Students are required to undertake clinical work at the university based clinic.

You must complete one on-site placement (CQUniversity Psychology Wellness Centre) and two off-site placements (outside agencies). These placement experiences are organised and coordinated by the staff of the Master's course and as a student, you are not expected to source your own placement opportunities.

This course has no residential schools.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

The COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to be eligible to attend a WIL placement for this course. Students will be required to provide evidence of having completed a COVID-19 vaccination schedule by the closing date prior to a WIL placement. The vaccine received must be a vaccine approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) of Australia.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a completed four-year, or three-year plus a fourth year, Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence in Psychology that satisfies the APAC criteria for pre-professional competencies in psychology, and
  • Be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a provisional psychologist; or
  • Be a currently registered psychologist who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.

Entry is competitive with limited places available. To be considered for a place within this course, applicants must supply the following documentation:

  1. An official academic transcript;
  2. A current resume or curriculum vitae that includes employment, relevant experience, research experience and accomplishments;
  3. A one-page statement outlining expectations of the course, reasons for applying for entry and including qualities that make you a suitable applicant for clinical psychology training. Applicants who are applying on the basis of current registration and CPD should provide details of this. Please use Times New Roman, size 12 font, with double line spacing;
  4. Two references supplied via Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia (HODSPA) Psychology Reference Portal*

*References must be for the Master of Clinical Psychology course. References for other courses may not be considered.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview (face-to-face or via teleconferencing).

All applicants must meet the requirements outlined in CQUniversity's English Language Proficiency Requirements Policy and Procedure.

Security Requirements

Students will be required to obtain registration as a provisional psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Additional security checks are included in this registration. Students may be asked to undergo additional checks (working with children and criminal history check) to satisfy the requirements of external placement sites. 

Health Requirements

Vaccination requirements currently apply for provisional psychologists in Queensland, including the COVID-19 vaccination. Proof of your vaccination status, including a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or medical exemption certificate, must be submitted before practicum placement commencement. Students must be able to attend practicum work three days per week (for full-time students) in addition to attending classes.

Assumed Knowledge

None. Pre-professional competencies in psychology are an eligibility requirement. 


Completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology will enable you to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as:

  • public mental health
  • public community health
  • private practice
  • hospital psychology settings
  • educational settings
  • child and adolescent mental health agencies
  • occupational health

You can also explore the range of career options by visiting the Australian Psychological Society website psychology.org.au.

This course has accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and is approved by the College of Clinical Psychologists.

2022 Indicative Fees
Fee TypeFees
Commonwealth Supported Place – Indicative First Year Fee$3,984.00
Domestic Full Fee Paying – Indicative First Year Fee$25,416.00

Indicative first-year fee

The fees listed are indicative only and based on enrolling in a full-time study load for one academic year (generally, this is eight units over two terms) for a Commonwealth Supported Place. Your actual fees may vary depending on the units you select and the number you study per term. Fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change. Understanding your fees

Commonwealth support and government assistance loans

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are subsidised by the Australian Government, meaning you are only required to pay the student contribution rather than full tuition fees if you meet eligibility requirements. If offered a CSP, you may be eligible for a HECS-HELP government loan. The Australian Government loan scheme HECS-HELP assists you in paying your student contributions. You can choose to defer part or all of your student contribution fees.  Learn more about paying for university

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). There may also be additional costs as part of your studies such as textbooks, technology expenses, travel expenses, professional certifications, uniforms, or vaccinations. Other study costs

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Application information

  • Applications for Term 1, 2023 will open on Monday, 1 August, 2022 and will close on Monday, 31 October 2022. 
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