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Professional Masters Programs

Professional Masters Programs

Overview

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences offers one of the most rigorous training programs in clinical psychology in Australia, graduating professionals as leaders in their field of specialisation, both nationally and internationally. The programs available are:

 

Master of Clinical Psychology

Master of Clinical Neuropsychology

Our mission across both of these programs is to:

  • to educate future leaders of the profession by providing excellence in clinical training
  • to provide theoretical knowledge and skills relevant to clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology practice
  • to provide skills in research & evaluation
  • to provide a working knowledge of the general medical, clinical neuroscience, and  mental health systems where  professional psychologists are employed
  • to provide a working knowledge of the medical,  mental health & relevant systems where clinical psychologists are employed

Additionally, we offer the University's only international joint masters program, and a program unique in its kind in Australia:

  • Master in Clinical Psychology with the National University of Singapore (NUS)

This is a two-year full-time coursework program, which provides entry level training for graduates who seek a professional career in Clinical Psychology. It is based on the scientist-practitioner approach and builds on theoretical knowledge and core competencies for clinical practice. It is taught through coursework, research and practical placement experience. 

Students take courses at the University of Melbourne during their first year of study and return to NUS in their second year to complete the remaining modules and clinical placements. The Joint Degree Program with UoM received full accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in November 2011. The program is not available to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. Click here for full details on the program (NUS website)

Application & Fees

 

Application Details

Applications for the 2015 intake will open on Wednesday 30 July 2014.  Click here to submit an online application.

Referee Reports

Applicants are require to submit three academic referee reports. Applicants must organise for referees to fill out the online form.  Click here for the link.

Applicants who are unable to provide us with three academic referees can provide us with professional referees.  These referees must know applicants in a professional capacity and must work in a related field. Applicants must organise for referees to fill out the online form.  Click here for the link.

Referee reports should be submitted by 31 October in order for an application to be processed in a timely manner.  Failure to submit referee reports by this date may delay an application being assessed.

Selection Timeline:

Application closing date: 31st October, 2014

Applicants shortlisted: End of November/early December

Interviews: End of November/early December

Last date to submit complete academic transcripts: 12 December 2014

Last date to submit complete APS assessments (international qualifications only): 19 November 2014 (no late submissions will be accepted)

Successful applicants notified: Late December/first week of January

 

For information about the indicative domestic fees for 2015, click here.

For information about the indicative international fees for 2015, click here.

A unique scholarship opportunity is available to Master of Psychology (Clinical) students.  Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) administers the Allied Health Streams of the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS). Funding is provided by the Department of Health and this national program supports health professionals and future health professionals to train and practice in geographic and clinical areas of need.

 This scholarship provides financial assistance ($15,000 per annum FTE for a maximum of 2 years) for those who are undertaking or intending to undertake a Clinical Psychology studies at Masters or Doctorate level.   The selection criteria focus is on unmet need in geographical and clinical areas of need.     

Further information can be found at the Clinical Psychology Scholarship page on the SARRAH website.   

Selection Advice

Admission into the professional Masters programs is via competitive selection.

Eligible applicants for the professional training programs must normally possess a degree including an accredited four-year sequence in psychology (or its equivalent). 

Applicants are first ranked according to a weighted average of their academic performance in third- and fourth-year Psychology subjects (third-year accounts for a third of the weighted score). Results from universities other than the University of Melbourne are adjusted to align them with the University of Melbourne grading scale where H1 (First Class Honours) = 80%.

The minimum eligibilty requirement for application is a weighted grade average equivalent to a Melbourne H2A (ie 75%). Applicants with a grade average of less than 75% will not be considered. 

Highly ranked applicants are shortlisted for an interview, which is designed to assess applicants' suitability for clinical training. Usually twice as many interviews are offered as we have available places.

In recent years the cut-off score for shortlisting for interview in both Clinical and Neuropsychology programs has been equivalent to a University of Melbourne grade of 80%. This cut-off is variable, depending on the number of available places, the number of applications received and the academic performance of the applicant cohort.

At the interview, factors such as work or voluntary experience, additional relevant study, publications, etc. may be taken into consideration. 

Program structure

Master of Clinical Psychology

The full-time structure of the MPsych (Clinical) comprises 200 points distributed as follows:

  • Thesis/Research Proposal: 62.5 points
  • Placement subjects: 50 points
  • Coursework: 87.5 points

 

Year 1
  
PSYC90003 Research Proposal
 
PSYC90012 Clinical Placement 1
 
PSYC90006 Basic Interventions
 
PSYC90009 Psychosocial Perspectives on Disorders
 
PSYC90023 Child Psychopathology
 
PSYC90029 Graduate Research Methods

PSYC90030 Principles of Psychological Assessment

PSYC90031 Introduction to Psychopathology

PSYC90007 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

PSYC90011 Advanced Psychological Assessment

PSYC90015 Advanced Psychopathology

PSYC90027 Psychology of Health Problems

 

Year 2
PSYC90005 Thesis

PSYC90077 Clinical Placement 2

PSYC90078 Clinical Placement 3

PSYC90008 Ethics and Professional Issues

PSYC90010 Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan

PSYC90016 Biological Psychology and Pharmacotherapy

PSYC90017 Advanced Psychological Practice

 
Click on this following link to access the 2012 information sessions presentation: Link to presentation (external website)
 

 

Master of Clinical Neuropsychology

 

The full-time structure of the MPsych (Clinical) comprises 200 points distributed as follows:

  • Thesis/Research Proposal: 62.5 points
  • Placement subjects: 50 points
  • Coursework: 87.5 points

 

Year 1

PSYC90003 Research Proposal
 
PSYC90039 Clinical Neuropsychology Placement I
 
PSYC90032 Adult Neuropsychological Disorders
 
PSYC90006 Basic Interventions
 
PSYC90029 Graduate Research Methods
 
PSYC90030 Principles of Psychological Assessment
 
PSYC90084 Neuroanatomy for Neuropsychologists
 
PSYC90007 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
 
PSYC90031 Introduction to Psychopathology
 
PSYC90083 Cognitive Neuroscience and Disorders
 
PSYC90082 Clinical Skills in Neuropsychology

 
Year 2
 
PSYC90005 Thesis
 
PSYC90079 Clinical Neuropsychological Placement 2A
 
PSYC90080 Clinical Neuropsychological Placement 2B
 
PSYC90008 Ethics and Professional Issues
 
PSYC90010 Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan
 
PSYC90033 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
 
PSYC90042 Child Neuropsychological Disorders
 

 

Click here to access the Master of Psychology Information Session presentation, presented September 2012 

 
 

Joint University of Melbourne - National University of Singapore program

Please refer to the NUS website for the most up to date information.

 

Study options

Full time

Advice for international students

  • Non-Australian qualifications are required to have an APS comparability assessment (typically $700) which must be completed in advance of qualification being submitted. Note this can take up to three months 
  • English language test of academic IELTS 7.0 or equivalent required which should be made available as part of the application
  • Police check, working with children check. International students should apply for these from where they have resided for the past 12 months. If unavailable, these can be completed upon enrolment however please note that an unsuccessful check will result in not being permitted to take a placement and therefore inability to graduate from the program
  • There are currently no University of Melbourne sources of funding for international students
  • More advice for International Students should be sought through the Future Students: International Students website

Placements

  • A wide range available depending on your specilisation: Royal Chidrens Hospital or the Child and adolescent area mental health services - Department of Human Services Victoria or other child/ adolescent placement, Adult mental health service; Specialist treatment service, Royal Womens Hospital, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Acute inpatient psychiatry units, Austin Health, St Vincent’s Hospital, Alfred Hospital, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre, Sunshine Hospital, Peninsula Health, and more
  • 1 External placement per year 
  • 45 days  or 50 days each placement

Prerequisites

  • A complete academic transcript, including all results to the end of the 4th year must be submitted by the end of the selection period. We will accepted emailed copies of scanned transcripts. A certified original copy will be required before a confirmed offer is made. 

  • Three academic referee reports 
  • Personal statement (motivation statement): no more than 500 words
  • Application deadline: 31st October of each year
  • Copy of passport (certification required following offer)

Orientation

A comprehensive orientation program is held for each new cohort, facilitating an informed, cohesive and enthusiastic cohort of students from the outset.

After graduation?

As this is one of the most highly regarded programs of its kind in Australia, there are excellent opportunities available for graduates. Recent career destinations include:

  • Clinical Psychologist, Melbourne Clinic
  • Clinical Psychologist, Inner West Primary Mental Health Team
  • Clinical Psychologist, Austin Hospital. PTSD Program
  • Post doctoral Fellow, HYPE Clinic, ORYGEN
  • Research Coordinator, PACE Clinic, ORYGEN

Facilities

There are fantastic office and clinic facilities. Click below for images from our Clinic