Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Why study the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at UNE?

This course will train Psychology graduates in the professional specialisation of clinical psychology. The course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and involves 1000 hours of clinical placements. The first year of the course is undertaken full-time on-campus.

Completion of the course will enable graduates to apply for general registration as a Psychologist. Subsequent supervised practice will lead to endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia.

This is an approved Student Income Support course. Eligible students may apply for Youth Allowance or Austudy.

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Degree Snapshot

DURATION

2 Years Full-time
Up to 6 years Part-time

FEES

CSP (quotas apply) or Full Fee

2018 STUDY OPTIONS
Armidale

Trimester 1, On Campus

Official Abbreviation MPsych(Clin)
Course Type Postgraduate
Commencing
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Course Duration
  • 2 Years Full-time
  • Up to 6 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) or Full Fee
Total Credit Points 96
How to Apply

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools are a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 8 four-year Bachelor honours, or AQF Level 7 three-year Bachelor plus an AQF Level 8 fourth-year Bachelor honours or Graduate Diploma, in an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited sequence in Psychology at the level of at least second class division one honours or equivalent obtained within the preceding 10 years. An exception to the 10-year rule may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with the Psychology Board of Australia continuing professional development requirements; and be eligible for Provisional Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; and completion and provision of the following:

1. Working with Children Check;

2. National Police Certificate; and

3. Provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

or

(b) hold an AQF Level 9 Master of Professional Psychology from the University of New England in addition to satisfying the requirements of rule (a).

Additional Requirements

Additional Requirements

Within the first trimester of the course and prior to undertaking a professional clinical placement, students must acquire immunisations required by NSW Health for Category A risk personnel.

Practical, Clinical or Work Experience

One of the three periods of practical work shall be completed (at a minimum of 100 hours) in the UNE Psychology Clinic within the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences. The remaining practica may be completed outside the University.

Candidates will be responsible for meeting all expenses arising from practica undertaken away from Armidale.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted Advanced Standing for a maximum of 48 credit points of coursework units. In accordance with the course accreditation standards, students may only be given credit for coursework that is strictly equivalent to coursework in the current course.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 42 credit points of coursework units for PSYC503, PSYC504, PSYC505, PSYC506, PSYC507, PSYC512 and PSYC523.

Advanced standing will not be granted for research experience or employment experience prior to entry into the course.

Academic Colours

Old Rose (BCC 157)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) in 2018.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 8 four-year Bachelor honours, or AQF Level 7 three-year Bachelor plus an AQF Level 8 fourth-year Bachelor honours or Graduate Diploma, in an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited sequence in Psychology at the level of at least second class division one honours or equivalent obtained within the preceding 10 years. An exception to the 10-year rule may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with the Psychology Board of Australia continuing professional development requirements; and be eligible for Provisional Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; and completion and provision of the following:

1. Working with Children Check;
2. National Police Certificate; and
3. Provisional Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 9 Master of Professional Psychology from the University of New England in addition to satisfying the requirements of Rule (a).

Additional Requirements

Within the first trimester of the course and prior to undertaking a professional clinical placement, students must acquire immunisations required by NSW Health for Category A risk personnel.

Advanced Standing

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted Advanced Standing for a maximum of 48 credit points of coursework units. In accordance with the course accreditation standards, students may only be given credit for coursework that is strictly equivalent to coursework in the current course.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b) shall be granted a maximum of 42 credit points of coursework units for PSYC503, PSYC504, PSYC505, PSYC506, PSYC507, PSYC512 and PSYC523.

Advanced standing will not be granted for research experience or employment experience prior to entry into the course.

Period of Candidature

For candidates admitted under Rule (a), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) two years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to six years as a part-time candidate.

For candidates admitted under Rule (b), the period of candidature shall be:
(a) one and a half years as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

1. To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 96 credit points as prescribed in the course accreditation standards and approved by the course coordinator. These units shall cover coursework, research and practicum requirements.

2. Candidates admitted under Rule (a) must undertake the first trimester of the course by internal, full-time on-campus study only.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

For candidates admitted under Rule (a)
Course Structure Credit Points
Core Units including 1000 hours of practicum 96 cps
Total 96 cps

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For candidates admitted under Rule (b)
Course Structure Credit Points
Specified Advanced Standing 42 cps
Core Units including 700 hours of practicum 54 cps
Total 96 cps

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Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be admitted to the Master of Psychology (Clinical).

Exit Pathway

Subject to meeting Advanced Standing rules, candidates admitted to the Master of Psychology (Clinical) under Rule (a) who apply to discontinue their studies in the course may be eligible to exit with the Master of Professional Psychology upon completion of 48 credit points comprising units PSYC503, PSYC504, PSYC505, PSYC506, PSYC507, PSYC512 and PSYC513.

Candidates who apply to discontinue their studies and exit with the Master of Professional Psychology must apply for re-admission and will be subject to current course requirements of the Master of Psychology (Clinical). This may mean that they will not receive full recognition for their previous studies should the course structure have changed in response to University requirements.

Practicum

1. One of the three periods of practical work shall be completed (at a minimum of 100 hours) in the UNE Psychology Clinic of the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences. The remaining practica may be completed outside the University.

2. Candidates will be responsible for meeting all expenses arising from practica undertaken away from Armidale.

Dissertation

1. A candidate shall submit a dissertation in the form of a literature review and associated research report. The research report is to be in accordance with reporting standards set out in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association [APA] (6th Edition) and is to embody an original investigation of a topic with relevance to the field of clinical psychology.
2. Depending on the topic under investigation, the approval of the relevant Ethics committee must be sought if required.
3. The School, on the advice of the course coordinator, shall appoint a supervisor, who shall be a member of the teaching or research staff of the University's Discipline of Psychology. An associate of the University (at the rank of academic Level B or higher) may act as Co-supervisor. The supervisor shall advise and supervise the candidate during the period of candidature.
4. The dissertation shall not exceed 2,500 words of text for the literature review and 5,500 words of text for the research report, both excluding appendices.
5. Except in exceptional circumstances, candidates shall be required to enrol in and complete the dissertation in one year long honours period.

Submission of Dissertation

1. The dissertation must be e-submitted by the due date.
2. Submission of both the literature review and the research report must include a signed and dated Plagiarism Declaration Form.
3. The research report must include a signed 'Right of Access to Masters Thesis' form for public access via the University library.
4. A processed data file must also be e-submitted for retention in the University's research data repository.
5. One copy of the dissertation is to be printed in hard copy and submitted to the School for the Supervisor's records.

Examination of Dissertation

1. The supervisor will assess the literature review. At least two examiners will assess the research report.
2. The examiners may be internal or external to the University of New England at the discretion of the course coordinator.
3. A candidate's supervisor must not be an examiner of the research report.
4. The final result will be determined by a committee from within the Discipline, not including the supervisor, on the basis of all assessors' reports and confirmed by the School's Teaching and Learning Committee. The dissertation will be awarded the grade of Fail, Pass, Credit, Distinction or High Distinction.

Progression and Conduct

1. Candidates may have their candidature terminated on the grounds of unsatisfactory progress or unprofessional or unethical conduct.

2. Unprofessional or unethical conduct shall be determined with reference to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics and the UNE General Rules, Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

3. Failure in any unit shall result in termination of candidature.

4. Before a candidate has his/her candidature terminated, he/she shall be given opportunity to show cause why such action should not be taken.

Appeals

Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Course Progression

Candidates are referred to the Course Progression Rule and the Course Progression Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Rule and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct Procedures.

Course Aims

The aim of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) is to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for general registration as a psychologist in Australia. The course constitutes a 5th and 6th year sequence of professional training in clinical psychology which focuses on psychopathology and the assessment and treatment of mental disorders across the lifespan. The course includes coursework, independent research leading to the submission of a disseration and practical placements. Graduates of this course will be eligible for endorsement as a clinical psychologist after completing a further two years of supervised full-time equivalent practice.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. effect an advanced body of knowledge of the principles and practice of applied clinical psychology;
  2. apply diagnostic interviewing and counselling skills;
  3. apply the principles and practice of clinical assessment, diagnosis and case formulation;
  4. execute psychological testing and test data interpretation;
  5. apply the principles and practice of health and rehabilitation interventions;
  6. execute high level skills in individual and group clinical interventions;
  7. apply advanced skills in research and evaluation;
  8. interact responsibly and ethically with clients and other professionals, including in rural settings;
  9. effect knowledge of the legal and professional frameworks for practice;
  10. apply cultural competence when working with ATSI peoples; and
  11. apply knowledge and skills with proficiency in the workplace.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates have an extensive knowledge of clinical psychology practice, including an understanding of assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology across the lifespan. Graduates site their clinical practice within international perspectives on theory, diagnostic systems and evidence-based treatments. Graduates respect clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and understand the impact of culture on therapy.

Communication Skills

Graduates have high level verbal and written communication skills and effective interpersonal skills for psychology practice. Graduates communicate with professionals and the general and scientific community via case reports, research reports and oral presentations.

Problem Solving

Graduates are logical and critical thinkers, able to select and use evidence-based procedures and techniques and critically evaluate their practice as well as research evidence.

Information Literacy

Graduates have advanced information literacy skills gained through literature searching, objective scientific writing, and exposure to resources for professional practice.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates practice within the legal and ethical frameworks of the profession. Graduates also have a sense of social responsibility for knowledge and decision-making and its application in professional practice. Through the application of the scientist-practitioner model, graduates contribute to the development of the profession.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates engage in continuing professional development accessing research and skills training to inform clinical practice. Graduates are also adaptable and flexible, open to new ideas and able to manage change.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates practice across a variety of settings, working independently or collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams. Graduates respect multiple points of view and interact in accordance with professional ethics.

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