This degree will prepare you for a career as a Clinical Psychologist. You will learn how to undertake psychological assessments, develop case conceptualisations, implement and evaluate interventions, apply research methodologies and engage in ethical professional practice.
The program has been designed to meet the requirements for eligibility for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and entry to the Registrar program for the area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology. Completion of the degree also meets the requirements for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Clinical Psychologists.
It is a requirement that students enrolled in this program have and maintain either provisional or full registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of the program.
The first year of the Master of Clinical Psychology is only offered full-time on-campus at both the Mt Gravatt and the Gold Coast campuses. This postgraduate clinical training program requires students to be available for components of the program across the full calendar year. A total of four weeks recreation leave is factored into the calendar year at specific times. The second year of the program may (with approval of the Program Director) be completed on a part-time basis. Students enrolling in the Master of Clinical Psychology are required to complete coursework, placement and a research component.
Coursework: You are required to attend approximately 12-15 hours of scheduled classes per week. Some of the classes are offered in full day workshop mode and others are scheduled on a weekly basis. Some classes are also scheduled prior to the start of Trimester 1. Classes may be delivered at the Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt or Logan campuses and students are required to attend the classes at the campus where they are delivered. All classes, seminars and workshops are compulsory.
Placement: During both Year 1 and Year 2, you are required to undertake clinical placements / internships / externships which require up to three days attendance at a specific location. Some placements may be outside of the Brisbane/Gold Coast area (for example, Northern New South Wales). Each placement must be completed within a maximum of 12 months.
Research component: During your enrolment in the research component of this program, it is expected that you will be able to work independently for most of the time. The requirement for on-campus attendance is relatively flexible. However, you will be required to meet regularly with your supervisor and it is recommended that you discuss the on-campus attendance requirements with your supervisor at the start of the research component.
Leave of absence
Students will require approval from the Master of Clinical Psychology Program Director or nominee from the School of Applied Psychology to take a leave of absence. The period of leave will normally not exceed six months (or one trimester). In special circumstances, an additional six months of leave may be granted.
Students who have discontinued enrolment in the Master of Clinical Psychology and who are not on an approved leave of absence are required to seek approval for readmission to the program from the Head of School, School of Applied Psychology or nominee. Readmission to the program is not guaranteed and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
From 2017, to be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.
Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.
Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.
Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.
Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.
In this program you will spend time in the work/professional environment undertaking placements at various locations. Placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including northern New South Wales and (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.
You will be prepared for work in government organisations such as Queensland Health and in child and youth mental health services, education services, corrections, health psychology as well as non-government agencies, private hospitals and general practitioner practices. In addition the training in clinical psychology also prepares graduates for entering private practice.
You may seek to further your qualifications by enrolling in a higher degree by research in order to follow a research-related career path.
The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.
Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.
The Master of Clinical Psychology can articulate to the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (6003).
The indicative annual tuition fee is calculated based on a standard full-time study load which is usually 80 credit points (two full-time trimesters).
The indicative annual tuition fee is based on current conditions and available data and should only be used as a guide. These fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change.
|Year of study||Fee category/Band||Fee per CP||Tuition fee 80cp|
|2019||Fee Band 23.5||$293.75||$23,500.00|
|2018||Fee Band 22.5||$281.25||$22,500.00|
If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the trimester in which they are enrolled.
This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.
Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places, not all eligible applicants who meet minimum program entry requirements may be offered a place. Assessment for admission is based on meritorious performance. If you are not successful in gaining a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place.
This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support (for example, Youth Allowance and Austudy). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support payments.