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Master of Clinical Psychology

Master by coursework

Final qualification and clinical practice for your professional career in psychology.

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  • Qualification
    Master of Clinical Psychology
  • Duration
    1 year full-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
  • Fieldwork
    See requirements
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Semester 1, 2023

Applications now open!

9 February 2023

Semester 1, 2024

14 August 2023

8 February 2024

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Why study Master of Clinical Psychology at Curtin?

Professional recognition

Course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Council (APAC).



Work experience

Course includes two 50-day clinical placements.



Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.



In Australia, you’ll need to complete six years of education and training to practise as a registered psychologist – four years at undergraduate level and two at postgraduate level

This master degree is the sixth and final year of your study. It provides specialist knowledge in clinical psychology – one of the nine areas of practice approved by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Clinical psychologists assess psychological disorders in individuals, groups and families, and administer programs of treatment. This course raises your competency in this area, giving you advanced understanding of mental health and physical health, and the opportunity to put theory into practice across two clinical placements.

You’ll examine complex psychological disorders in adults, children and youth, including their cause, assessment, diagnosis and treatment. You’ll also develop your professional skills in managing complex ethical and professional issues, working with the public and handling conflict situations.

Over two 50-day clinical placements, you’ll build and apply your skills in a real-world setting, practising core clinical skills such as assessment, case conceptualisation and treatment under the supervision of a registered clinical psychologist.

You’ll also undertake an independent research project, planning and conducting research, analysing your data and completing a dissertation.

When you graduate, you can apply for registration as a psychologist within Australia and gain employment in a professional capacity.

What jobs can the Master of Clinical Psychology lead to?


  • Psychologist


  • Clinical and mental health services
  • Education and training
  • Social assistance

Future growth for psychologists: Very strong
Oct 2020


What you'll learn

  • apply psychology knowledge, principles and practice to achieve client-centered and evidence informed outcomes
  • generate effective solutions through critical analysis, reflective practice and professional reasoning
  • critically appraise information and apply it to contemporary psychology theory and practice
  • communicate effectively and appropriately to ensure positive and effective therapeutic and inter-professional relationships; use relevant documentation and reporting processes including the ethical disclosure of professional information
  • evaluate and apply appropriate technologies to contemporary psychology practice
  • develop and apply life-long learning skills to achieve professional competence; engage in research to further develop personal and professional knowledge and skills
  • comply with APAC standards and practices through integration of local and global perspectives relevant to the field
  • practice psychology in a culturally responsive and inclusive manner, incorporating perspectives of multiple stake-holders
  • work in a professional and collaborative manner to meet ethical and legal responsibilities

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Council (APAC).
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist within Australia.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

An APAC-accredited professional competencies (level 3) qualification. For example, Curtin's Master of Psychology (Professional) or equivalent. Entry is competitive and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

You will be required to provide supplementary information with your application.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)









Overall band score


Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Domestic $35,262*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Semester 1
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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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