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Master of Psychology

Course code I69

There is a strong demand for clinical psychology graduates in government and the not-for-profit and private sectors.

This Masters course will prepare you for professional practice in clinical psychology, especially for the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders. You’ll learn skills for working with clients across the lifespan, including infants and families, children, adolescents and adults, groups and couples and people from different cultural and diversity groups. We’ll also help you find your own professional identity as a psychologist by providing teaching across a broad range of therapeutic approaches. As a student, you’ll begin with your first placement at the ECU Psychological Services Centre in Wanneroo. We’re one of the few Australian universities that boasts a training clinic located in the community, rather than on a university campus. We also have industry connections with clinical psychologists across Perth in a variety of government organisations, including hospitals, community mental health services, private practices and other organisations that help us provide valuable and enriching placement opportunities for our students.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I69

Fees

Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $30,250

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 09-10-2020

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I69

CRICOS code

074074C

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,450

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 years full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 09-10-2020

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to have an Honours degree (First or Upper Second class) in an accredited fourth year course in psychology, with equivalents considered, and to submit a CV, a covering letter and two references (submitted independently of the students application) to meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation requirements. Short-listed candidates will participate in a selection interview, either face-to-face or via teleconference. It is desirable that all applicants have work experience, as admission into the program is competitive.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 7) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor Honours degree in a cognate discipline; or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • International students are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0 (no individual band less than 6.5).  Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree from an approved country;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY5196Professional Issues in Psychology20
PSY5197Psychological Assessment15
PSY5211Clinical Psychology: Introduction to Practice15
PSY5330Clinical Practicum 120

Note: PSY5330 is timetabled as a full-year unit.

Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY5200Research Preparation20
PSY5212Clinical Psychology: Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence15
PSY5213Clinical Psychology: Complex Presentations15
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY6241Research Project 120
PSY6242Practicum 220
PSY6244Family Psychology10
PSY6347Clinical Psychology for Special Populations10
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
PSY6245Research Project 220
PSY6246Practicum 320
PSY6214Clinical Psychology: Health Behaviours10
PSY6248Group-based Psychotherapy Skills10

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

Student handbook

Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students may be required to undertake coursework and placements outside of the normal semester timetable.

  • Students are required to complete professional placements in clinical psychology.

    Attendance requirements

    Placements typically occur over two days per week and may go beyond the designated semester period. This may impact on the students capacity to gain additional employment. Placement attendance is mandatory and students may not have leave during a placement without established reasons.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    Students are required to have a Police Clearance check, a Working with Children check, as well as any appropriate immunisations. Additionally, OSH agreements, insurance policies, and risk assessments are required for all placements.

    Professional practice rules

    Students are required to meet both the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority ( APHRA) psychology guidelines on Areas of Practice Endorsement and the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation requirements.

  • Graduates are eligible to apply for membership with Psychology Board of Australia.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Psychology Board of Australia. Registration with the Psychology Board of Australia is required to practice in the profession.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Articulate a critical understanding of the theoretical and evidence base for the selection, administration and interpretation of psychological tests.
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of State, Federal and Territory Acts and Regulations; Australian Psychological Society and Psychology Board of Australia Codes of Conduct and related publications as these relate to the practice of Clinical Psychology.
  3. Conduct psychological assessment by formal testing, including the selection of tests, their administration and interpretation and the communication of test results in written reports and orally.
  4. Apply evidence-based practice, including research evidence, to a range of psychological disorders.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to make decisions based upon their full environmental, social, cultural and economic implications.
  6. Demonstrate independent learning and a continual development of clinical psychology skills through a commitment to maintain knowledge of the latest research and critically reflecting on ones' own practice.
  7. Apply and evaluate research methods to advance knowledge of clinical psychology practice, as this relates to ones' own practice and to contribute to the body of knowledge of the field.
  8. Conduct evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of psychological disorders with both adults and children, at a level required of trainee Clinical Psychologists.
  9. Apply the principles of ethical, professional and legal practice to the role of a trainee Clinical Psychologist.
  10. Apply professional communication skills with clients, professional colleagues and external agencies.
  11. Demonstrate an awareness of cross cultural issues and ability to apply cultural competence to all aspects of working as a Clinical Psychologist.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $30,250 *

* Domestic fee paying - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

AUD $35,450 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to work as clinical psychologists in government agencies (including the Health Department of Western Australia, Department for Child Protection, Department for Corrective Services, and Disability Services Commission) and in the non-government sector.

Possible future job titles

Clinical Psychologist

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    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

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    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

    • If you're enrolled in 3 or more units in a semester this is considered full-time study. To complete most 3-year degrees studying full-time you'll need to complete 4 units per semester, i.e. 24 units over 3 years.

    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

    • A lot of our courses start in Semester 2 each year, usually in the last week of July. We call this mid-year. There's a week of Orientation beforehand to help you get used to uni life.

    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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