single degree

Master of Clinical Psychology

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Health and Medicine

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Program Requirements

For admission to the Master of Clinical Psychology degree, students must have satisfactorily completed 12 compulsory courses totalling 96 units, with a grade of Course Requirements Satisfied (CRS) in each.

PSYC8101 Clinical Coursework I

PSYC8102 Clinical Coursework II

PSYC8103 Clinical Coursework III

PSYC8104 Clinical Coursework IV

PSYC8201 Clinical Field Placement I

PSYC8202 Clinical Field Placement II

PSYC8203 Clinical Field Placement III

PSYC8204 Clinical Field Placement IV

PSYC8301 Clinical Research I

PSYC8302 Clinical Research II

PSYC8303 Clinical Research III

PSYC8304 Clinical Research IV

Study Options

Year 1 PSYC8101 Clinical Coursework I 12 units PSYC8201 Clinical Field Placement I 6 units PSYC8301 Clinical Research I 6 units
PSYC8102 Clinical Coursework II 12 units PSYC8202 Clinical Field Placement II 6 units PSYC8302 Clinical Research II 6 units
Year 2 PSYC8103 Clinical Coursework III 12 units PSYC8203 Clinical Field Placement III 6 units PSYC8303 Clinical Research III 6 units
PSYC8104 Clinical Coursework IV 12 units PSYC8204 Clinical Field Placement IV 6 units PSYC8304 Clinical Research IV 6 units

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree in Psychology with Honours or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70%

Entry to this program is highly competitive. The minimum academic requirement for entry is an honours degree in psychology at the IIA level or better. Entry by a fourth year postgraduate diploma in psychology will also be considered. However, diplomas must (a) be of honours standard, (b) contain a substantial research methodology component, and (c) be accredited for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society. Applicants can check the acceptability of their degree by contacting the Australian Psychological Society ( Applicants with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study.

Additional factors considered in assessing applications are previous relevant experience, availability of supervision for research component and written application. The Clinical Committee will invite prospective students to a personal interview prior to making a final decision on admission.

English Language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.


Completion of undergraduate courses in abnormal psychology is a prerequisite and completion of undergraduate courses in the areas of psychometrics, personality and health psychology is highly recommended.  As the Clinical Program focuses on a science-based approach to clinical practice, prior acquisition of competence in statistics and research methodology is an important criterion, usually demonstrated by the successful completion of a fourth year thesis.


Eligibility for conditional registration as an intern psychologist with the Psychologist's Registration Board of the Australian Capital Territory is a condition of entry into the School of Psychology's Clinical Program. Other entry qualifications need to be assessed for their compliance with the above-mentioned standards. 

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

At ANU, we are making breakthroughs in mental health prevention and treatment, from understanding how children and youth can build stronger and happier futures, to breaking down stigma so that those affected can live more fulfilling lives.

Join us and help make our society a better place with the Master of Clinical Psychology.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of clinical psychology and develop practical skills that will underpin your career success.

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.

Find out more about clinical psychology, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

This degree is the fundamental professional qualification in clinical psychology, and will provide you with postgraduate clinical training to practise in a range of clinical settings such as hospitals, community health centres and private practice.

This degree can also form the basis of a career in other areas including corporate consulting, evaluation science, social policy, recruitment, mediation, and population health.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Advanced knowledge of and the ability to critically evaluate theory in clinical psychology including a deep understanding of theories underlying assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, and the treatment of psychopathology across the lifespan.
  2. An advanced level of skill in the application of psychological knowledge to a wide range of psychological problems and disorders across the lifespan.
  3. An advanced level of skill in diagnostic interviewing and counselling and a high level of competence in the principles and practice of clinical assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, and psychological therapy.
  4. An advanced level of skills in psychological testing and test data interpretation and in the writing of psychological reports.
  5. Advanced knowledge and skills in the interpretation and critical evaluation of psychological and other research relevant to the broad field of clinical psychology practice.
  6. Advanced knowledge and skills in the application and implementation of appropriate research methodologies to advancing knowledge in both fundamental and applied issues in clinical psychology.
  7. Understanding of the principles and application of the scientist-practitioner model and evidence-based psychological practice to the field of clinical psychology.
  8. Knowledge and application of the ethical, professional, and legal frameworks relevant to the practice of clinical psychology.
  9. Advanced skills in communicating and working with other health professionals and non-professionals including a high level of ability in written communication (e.g., clinical and research reports) and oral communication (e.g., research, case presentations, seminars).
  10. Awareness, knowledge and skill in interacting and working with clients from diverse cultural settings including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds

Further Information

Please note the application closing date is 30 September each year

Applicants must provide a current curriculum vitae and two Referee Forms. If you are an international applicant please use the ‘APPLY’ button at the top of this page.

If you are a domestic applicant applying through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) please provide your CV as a PDF using UAC’s upload facility after you apply through UAC. For information about this upload facility visit:

Referee report forms should be sent directly by your referees via email to  . 

Domestic applicants who are applying to the Masters of Clinical Psychology program through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) are able to access the National referee system offered by Psychology Reference. The Reference Request System allows applicants for Australian post-graduate programs in Psychology to apply for a reference from academic and /or professional referees and for these references to be shared with the nominated institutions. For further information regarding this system please visit

Clinical Field Placements

In their first semester, students attend courses preparing them for their first clinical placement which begins in June-July of the first year in the ANU Psychology Clinic. Subsequent to this placement they undertake three or more supervised clinical field placements.

Clinical Research

Part of the requirements of the Master of Clinical Psychology degree is the completion of an appropriate empirical research project normally supervised by a member of staff of the School of Psychology. Students begin work on this project from the beginning of the first year of the course and are expected to submit the two completed written components of this project by 31 January of the year following their second year. These written components are (1) a literature review of the research topic of no more than 6000 words (2) a journal article manuscript of the research project of no more than 6000 words.

Performance and attendance

The Clinical Program is a professional training program and the School has a responsibility to ensure that graduates complete certain training requirements to a high standard. Both attendance and the satisfactory completion of assessment processes are necessary conditions for the successful completion of any of the degrees offered in the clinical program. High standards of academic and professional performance as well as ethical conduct are expected of all our students. All components of the program will be assessed. Students must satisfy course requirements in each and every component of the program (coursework, clinical placements and research) in order for the degree to be awarded. Students will not be permitted to proceed with their research if failures are recorded in the coursework or clinical placement components of their study program.

More information

Academic Advice

The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program convener (details below).

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:


Phone: 02 6125 5685

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new students. These documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment.

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email 

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact A/Prof Bruce Christensen at

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