• Offered by Research School of Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Psychology
  • Areas of interest Psychology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Bruce Christensen
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
    Spring Session 2021
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This course cannot be entirely adjusted for remote participation in Sem 2 2021 and will include on-campus activities.

A central requirement of the Master of Clinical Psychology is the completion of an appropriate empirical research project, supervised by a staff member in the Research School of Psychology (or affiliated Schools, Departments, and Institutes). In this course, students will produce a clinical research project, with demonstrable clinical relevance, for the Master of Clinical Psychology degree.

Research projects must have an empirical element and can take the form of one or more of the following:

  • a program evaluation study;
  • a study based on an experimental single-case-study;
  • a critical review and meta-analysis;
  • a critical review and secondary data analysis;
  • a traditional empirical research project.

To enrol and successfully complete this course, students must have negotiated appropriate supervisory arrangements in an appropriate area of research.

Please note that if students have, as their primary supervisor, an academic staff whose primary appointment is outside of the Research School of Psychology, they must also secure an Advisor who is an academic staff whose primary appointment is within the Research School of Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Plan and execute a substantive clinical research project, drawing on relevant theory and previous research
  2. Demonstrate sufficient research mastery to investigate the question critically and ethically, using appropriate research methods
  3. Analyse and interpret the findings using statistics or other evaluative processes
  4. Communicate the research and its findings clearly and appropriately in the form of a written report and as an oral presentation

Other Information

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Proposal and Presentation (CRS - hurdle requirement) (0) [LO 1,4]
  2. Research Project Report (Minimum 5000 words), written and formatted as a to-be-submitted scientific journal article (100) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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PSYC8301 must be taken in four consecutive semesters encompassing a single project. Students will enrol in 6 units per semester or session, which will require a commitment of approximately 10-13 hours per week.

Inherent Requirements

In this course, students conduct a psychology research project. Each student will be supervised by an academic who will guide them through the project and support them to develop the required knowledge and skills. Learning in this format requires students to:

  • Work professionally with supervisors, colleagues and fellow students, take proactive steps to resolve difficult situations and learn effectively from supervisor feedback.

Students who are unable to meet this requirement will struggle to complete the project successfully and as a result, be unable to complete their degree.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Master of Clinical Psychology (7601)

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

As assigned by the student's research supervisor.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology that has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. As part of that degree, students will have taken courses in research methods, statistics, and academic writing.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4290
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $6120
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3535 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6549 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6626 01 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021 22 Oct 2021 15 Jan 2022 In Person N/A

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