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What will I learn?

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree at ACU is a two year postgraduate course consisting of academic coursework, practical training in assessment, diagnosis and intervention, and completion of a research project.

Successful completion of the course allows registration as a general psychologist and upon completion of an additional period of supervised practice, for area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology with The Psychology Board of Australia.

Professional experience

Students must complete 1000 hours of practicum placement in clinical settings with at least 400 hours of face-to-face client contact.

Work placement

During the course, students complete three practicum placements. The first practicum usually occurs in the on-campus training clinic. During this placement students gain experience in assessment, diagnosis and therapy under close individual and group supervision conducted by experienced psychologists. Students must be supervised by a psychologist who is an approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia. During the second year of the course, most students complete two six-month external placements, again under supervision by a fully endorsed Clinical psychologist. Practicum options include placements in health care, community mental health teams, non-governmental and private practice settings.


Graduates will be well-prepared for work as practitioner psychologists and skilled researchers who work with individuals, families, groups and organisations in a range of institutions and agencies providing psychological and mental health services.

Clinical psychologists often work in:

  • hospitals
  • health care centres
  • community mental health teams
  • private practice
  • academic settings

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$27,912.00 (14,94,218) per year
Estimate total cost: AUD $55,824; Unit fee: AUD $3,489

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

30 September 2021

More details

Start date

28 February 2022


Melbourne Campus

115 Victoria Parade,



3065, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$27,912.00 (14,94,218) per year
Estimate total cost: AUD $55,824; Unit fee: AUD $3,489

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

30 September 2021

More details

Start date

28 February 2022


Strathfield Campus

25A Barker Road,


New South Wales,

2135, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold the equivalent of an Australian bachelor degree from a recognised university or institution with a pass average. Individual courses may also have additional specific requirements. English language proficiency requirement: Overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with an individual score of 6.0 for all tests); Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with a minimum of 50 in all four communicative skills; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Academic (TOEFL): Internet based total of 79: minimum 21 in writing, 18 in speaking, 13 in reading and 12 in listening; ACU English Language Test: B (65-74%); Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): Overall CAE of 176 (Minimum individual score of 169 in all tests).

For international students

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

1.i. a Bachelor degree with honours in accredited psychology course with minimum of IIA honours completed in the last 10 years; OR

ii. a Bachelor degree with accredited four year major study in psychology completed in the last 10 years;


2.i. a Bachelor degree with accredited three year major study in psychology and satisfactory completion of an additional year of accredited study in psychology, or equivalent, with an overall mark equivalent to IIA Honours; OR

ii. qualifications and experience assessed as equivalent by the selection committee;

Overall academic IELTS score of 7.0 (with minimum scores of 7.0 in all tests); or

TOEFL score of Internet based total of 94: minimum 27 writing, 23 speaking, 24 reading and 24 listening

Pearson Test of English (PTE): 65 with a minimum of 65 in all four communicative skills.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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