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Professional Masters Programs

Professional Masters Programs

Overview

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

 

Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Master of Pyschology (Clinical Psychology - Singapore)
Master of Educational Psychology 

 

Our mission across these programs is to:

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

 

Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

The Clinical Psychology program at The University of Melbourne began in the early 1970's. The program enjoys an excellent reputation and is one of the premier clinical psychology programs in the country. The core objective is to provide graduates with the skills to work as professional clinical psychologists as well as a thorough grounding in the discipline of clinical psychology, particularly in the area of mental illness.

The program aims to produce students with a strong knowledge base in the 'organic' and 'functional' psychopathologies, combined with a high level of skill and acumen in the detection, assessment, and diagnosis and treatment of various psychological conditions. Therapeutic skills are taught primarily within a broad cognitive-behavioural framework within didactic, individual, and group-based clinical contexts. In their first year, all students see adult clients referred to The University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic. In addition, all students undertake second year field placements in adult mental health services and with children and their families at the Royal Children's Hospital and/or in related community treatment services for children and adolescents. 

 

Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)

The Clinical Neuropsychology program at The University of Melbourne pioneered the development of the profession in Australia. Since its inception in the 1970s, the program has emphasised a 'hands on' clinical training. Placements cover the full range of services relevant to the practice of clinical neuropsychology, including acute care neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry, geriatrics, rehabilitation, and paediatrics. The program enjoys an excellent international reputation, having provided training to applicants from New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, Singapore, Indonesia, Canada, United States of America, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Columbia, and Italy. The placement experience enjoyed by our students is one of the most extensive in the world. 

The core objective of the program is to provide graduates with the skills to work as professional neuropsychologists. Graduates should obtain a detailed understanding of the affective, behavioural, and cognitive manifestations of diseases of the central nervous system, particularly those affecting the brain, in adults and children. Graduates are expected to acquire competence in various approaches to the study of brain disease, including basic and applied clinical sciences, and are expected to acquire an understanding of objective assessment of the many behavioural features of brain diseases. 

The program aims to provide students with the advanced skills and knowledge in neuropsychological diagnosis, treatment and clinical management of patients with disorders at the mind-brain interface. There is a strong emphasis on world-class clinical research via a rich set of collaborative relationships with neuroscience institutes across the Parkville, Eastern Hill, and Heidelberg precincts. 

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

This program is The University of Melbourne's only international joint Masters program, and is a program unique of its kind in Australia. The Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology - Singapore) 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 undertake courses and their first clinical placement at the University of Melbourne during their first year of study and return to NUS to complete the remaining modules and clinical placements. The Joint Degree Program with The University of Melbourne 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)

Master of Educational Psychology

Educational Psychology is relevant across the lifespan. It covers areas as diverse as early childhood development to learning issues, mental health programs, and careers advice.

The Master of Educational Psychology course comprises a two-year full-time coursework program which provides entry level training for graduates who seek a professional career in Educational Psychology. The course prepares graduates to practice in a wide range of settings, including early childhood centres, schools, tertiary colleges and universities, clinics, hospitals, community centres, and private practices. It is based on the scientist-practitioner approach and builds on theoretical knowledge and core competencies for educational psychology practice. It is taught through coursework, research, and practical placements experience. Click here for full details on the program and application process (Educational Psychology website).

Application & Fees

Application Details

Applications for the 2016 intake will open on in mid July 2015. Please check this website for updates. 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, 2015

Applicants shortlisted: End of November/early December

Interviews: End of November/early December

Last date to submit complete academic transcripts: 12 December 2015

Last date to submit complete APS assessments (international qualifications only): 19 November 2015 (no late submissions will be accepted)

Successful applicants notified: Late December/first week of January

 

FEES

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 have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC accredited sequence in psychology (or equivalent) in the last 10 years, and be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as a conditional/provisional psychologist. An exception may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board continuing professional development requirements seeking to gain a professional postgraduate qualification.

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must:

  • Have completed an APAC accredited four-year undergraduate sequence in psychology, namely a three-year major in psychology as part of an undergraduate degree plus a fourth year Honours specialisation in psychology, with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) or equivalent in the last 10 years
  • Be eligible for registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Satisfy English language requirements (see information for international students below)
  • Provide a personal statement of no more than 500 words
  • Nominate three references using the online forms above
  • Complete a selection interview (short-listed applicants only)

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. 


Successful Applicants

Before commencing postgraduate psychology studies there are a number of statutory requirements all successful applicants must meet:

All paperwork must be completed by successful applicants in order to commence the program of study. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being excluded from all components of the program (coursework and practical placement components).

Program structure

Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

The full-time structure of the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) 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

PSYC90008 Ethics and Professional Issues

 

 

Year 2
PSYC90005 Thesis

PSYC90077 Clinical Placement 2

PSYC90078 Clinical Placement 3

PSYC90027 Psychology of Health Problems

PSYC90010 Mental Health Issues Across the Lifespan

PSYC90016 Biological Psychology and Pharmacotherapy

PSYC90017 Advanced Psychological Practice

 
 

Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)

 

The full-time structure of the Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) 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

 
 

Joint University of Melbourne - National University of Singapore program
Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology - Singapore)

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

 Master of Educational Psychology

Please refer to the Educational Psychology 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 of placement positions are available depending on your area of specilisation. Placements are typically undertaken at the following institutions:

  • Adult mental health services
  • Specialised treatment services
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • The Royal Women's Hospital
  • Acute inpatient psychiatry units
  • Austin Health
  • St Vincent's Hospital
  • The Alfred Hospital
  • Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre
  • Sunshine Hospital
  • Peninsula Health
  • The Royal Children's Hospital
  • Child and adolescent mental health services
  • Department of Human Services and many more!

Facilities

Our Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program includes placement experience in The University of Melbourne Psychology Clinic. The Clinic has collaborative learning and teaching spaces for students and staff, research areas, and 5 consultation rooms for client appointments. Students on placement at the clinic will provide both individual and group-based therapies using the state-of-the-art clinic and office facilities.