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Master of Clinical Psychology

Study Clinical Psychology at ANU

The well-regarded Master of Clinical Psychology prepares you to practise in a range of clinical settings such as hospitals, community health centres and private practice, all while giving you a strong foundation for life-long professional learning.

It comprises clinical coursework, clinical field placements and a research project. Our contemporary training is founded on the scientist-practitioner model where clinical skills and interventions are considered on the basis of available scientific evidence and knowledge.

Learn from world-class experts and tackle big ideas while relating them to real-world contexts. We have a reputation for research excellence in the areas of cognition and perception, developmental, clinical and health psychology, and social psychology.

You will have access to clinical training through the ANU Psychology Clinic, a treatment and research centre offering specialised psychological services to the community. Under supervision from our clinical psychology team, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of clinical psychology and develop practical skills that will underpin your career.

What you'll learn

The Master of Clinical Psychology is a two-year program listed with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. You will study clinical coursework and undertake a clinical field placement and clinical research.

In your first year you will undertake supervised clinical practice in the ANU Psychology Clinic. You'll also do at least two supervised clinical placements oustide ANU. Choose from internships in variety of community and hospital based settings within Canberra or nearby country areas. They include community health centres, general hospital, psychiatric and medical units, neurology and neuropsychology services, veterans' counselling services, alcohol and drug services and school counselling units.

In addition to 1,000 hours of clinical coursework you will conduct an approved empirical research project. Throughout your degree you will research and write a thesis in the form of a journal article.

Download the Master of Clinical Psychology handbook (1.1MB PDF).

What it's like to study Clinical Psychology

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ANU Psychology Clinic

Get clinical experience in the ANU Psychology Clinic, a treatment and research centre offering specialised psychological services to the community.

Sara Quinn

The laughter, the tears, and everything in between

Sara shares her journey of postgraduate psychology study: “One minute I’m playing with kids for my research project, dressing up and having a tea party, and then the next minute I’m talking to someone about losing a family member.”

Meet some of your teachers

Associate Professor Bruce Christensen

Associate Professor Bruce Christensen

Bruce is Associate Director (Clinical) and Director of Clinical Training. His research can be described as "cognitive psychopathology”. He works in the cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms of mental illness, with an emphasis on psychotic and affective disorders. He is an active clinician (clinical psychology and neuropsychology) and studies psychometric and pragmatic issues relating to clinical assessment.

Elizabeth Rieger

Associate Professor Elizabeth Rieger

Elizabeth's clinical experience has included treating adults with eating disorders, medical patients with accompanying psychological problems, and children and adults with obesity, working in public and private hospitals, university clinics, and private practice. She has also been involved in teaching clinical skills to diverse populations including clinical psychologists and intern clinical psychologists, general practitioners, nurses, and medical students.

Clinical Psychology careers

This degree is the basic professional qualification in clinical psychology. However, this degree also can form the basis of a career in other areas in psychology.

Within psychology, graduates from this program have gone on to work as:

  • clinical psychologists
  • counsellors
  • forensic psychologists
  • neuropsychologists
  • health psychologists
  • organisational psychologists
  • sport psychologists.

The program is accredited for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society. It is also accredited for membership of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society and fulfils the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia.

Fees & scholarships

Tuition fees: Tuition fees

Visit the handbook to see indicative fees and Commonwealth supported places for this degree.

Scholarships: Scholarships

ANU offers many scholarships both to overcome disadvantage and to recognise academic merit.

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How to apply

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check domestic admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare references & supporting documents

You need to submit the supplementary form and two referee reports with your application. Complete these forms and upload them as supporting documents in the application process.

Referee reports

ANU must receive your referee reports by 30 September. Contact your referees well in advance to ensure we receive them in time.

There are two ways to submit the referee reports:

Option 1
Apply for a reference using the Psychology Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.

Option 2
Alternatively, your referees need to complete and email the referee report forms to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au. We will not accept references sent directly by applicants.

Submit an application

Start your application on the Universities Admissions Centre website.

Attend an interview

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. If you're shortlisted, the selection committee will invite you to attend a personal interview in early December.

Receive an offer

Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. If you're offered a place, you will have a short period to accept the offer in.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check international admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare references & supporting documents

You need to submit the supplementary form and two referee reports with your application. Complete these forms and upload them as supporting documents in the application process.

Referee reports

ANU must receive your referee reports by 30 September. Contact your referees well in advance to ensure we receive them in time.

There are two ways to submit the referee reports:

Option 1
Apply for a reference using the Psychology Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.

Option 2
Alternatively, apply online to ANU and provide contact information for your referees. They will be sent a request to write an online reference for you. The system will automatically send reminder emails to your referees until they complete the referee form.

Get your overseas qualifications assessed

This can take approximately 2 months. If you hold an accredited degree from a New Zealand university you are exempt from this assessment.

You are required to get your overseas psychology qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The APS assesses the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are comparable to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study in psychology. There is a fee for this service.

When your assessment is completed, you can apply for an APAC accredited psychology course at ANU.

Submit an application

Start your application on the ANU Admissions website.

Attend an interview

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. If you're shortlisted, the selection committee will invite you to attend a personal interview in early December.

Receive an offer

Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. If you're offered a place, you will have a short period to accept the offer in.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

How to apply

Domestic

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check domestic admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare references & supporting documents

You need to submit the supplementary form and two referee reports with your application. Complete these forms and upload them as supporting documents in the application process.

Referee reports

ANU must receive your referee reports by 30 September. Contact your referees well in advance to ensure we receive them in time.

There are two ways to submit the referee reports:

Option 1
Apply for a reference using the Psychology Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.

Option 2
Alternatively, your referees need to complete and email the referee report forms to rsp.hdr.sa@anu.edu.au. We will not accept references sent directly by applicants.

Submit an application

Start your application on the Universities Admissions Centre website.

Attend an interview

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. If you're shortlisted, the selection committee will invite you to attend a personal interview in early December.

Receive an offer

Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. If you're offered a place, you will have a short period to accept the offer in.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

International

Understand the entry requirements

  1. Check international admission dates on the ANU Study website.
  2. Check admission requirements and deadlines for this degree on the Handbook website. Read the requirements carefully to make sure you understand them.
  3. You must also meet the University's English language admission requirements.

Prepare references & supporting documents

You need to submit the supplementary form and two referee reports with your application. Complete these forms and upload them as supporting documents in the application process.

Referee reports

ANU must receive your referee reports by 30 September. Contact your referees well in advance to ensure we receive them in time.

There are two ways to submit the referee reports:

Option 1
Apply for a reference using the Psychology Reference Request System. Your references will be shared with ANU.

Option 2
Alternatively, apply online to ANU and provide contact information for your referees. They will be sent a request to write an online reference for you. The system will automatically send reminder emails to your referees until they complete the referee form.

Get your overseas qualifications assessed

This can take approximately 2 months. If you hold an accredited degree from a New Zealand university you are exempt from this assessment.

You are required to get your overseas psychology qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The APS assesses the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are comparable to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study in psychology. There is a fee for this service.

When your assessment is completed, you can apply for an APAC accredited psychology course at ANU.

Submit an application

Start your application on the ANU Admissions website.

Attend an interview

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of their academic achievements and referee reports. If you're shortlisted, the selection committee will invite you to attend a personal interview in early December.

Receive an offer

Applicants who are successful at the interview will be offered places in the program. If you're offered a place, you will have a short period to accept the offer in.

Accept your offer

Once you receive an offer it is very important that you accept it to ensure your place at ANU is reserved.

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