Department of Psychology
Postgraduate Training in Clinical Psychology
The Master of Clinical Psychology degree is the standard professional training course for candidates who want to practice as a clinical psychologist. In Australia this degree has been the traditional route for training in clinical psychology. It provides high-level training in clinical practice with a solid, but relatively small emphasis on research. It is suitable for those people who want a professional career in clinical psychology.
In Australia, more focussed researchers and academics have traditionally done a PhD. PhD’s in Australia are pure research degrees and rarely involve any clinical training. However, it is very possible (and common) for students to undertake PhD’s in clinically relevant areas under the supervision of one of Macquarie’s leading clinical academics (see staff research interests). This degree would suit people who wish to have research or academic careers in clinically relevant areas, but do not wish to conduct clinical practice (more information about PhDs can be found here).
For students who wish to combine clinical practice with high-level research in the clinical field (e.g., those wanting an academic career teaching clinical psychology), we also offer a combined Masters/PhD degree. This is a difficult degree that is reserved for only the most competitive students. It provides high-level training in both clinical practice and international standard research.
In order to be eligible to apply for the PhD degree or the combined Master in Clinical Psychology/PhD degree, applicants are required to have a strong Honours degree in Psychology as well as have completed the Master of Research (MRes) degree.
The Master of Clinical Psychology degree, the PhD and the combined Master in Clinical Psychology/PhD degree are fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and those involving clinical training are approved by the Clinical College of the Society. Completion of the clinical training components of the above degrees is necessary for endorsement as a clinical psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
The Clinical Psychology Scholarship (formally named the Mental Health Post Graduate Scholarship Scheme) is available to students enrolled in a clinical psychology postgraduate course in Australia which satisfies the Psychology Board of Australia" Area of practice endorsement registration standard" in clinical psychology.
For full scholarship details and application information visit SARRAH.
Entry to the Master of Clinical Psychology degree requires an Honours degree in Psychology with a minimum grade Honours Class 2(1) or above.
International students who do not have and Honours degree in their country need to supply:
- an academic transcript and complete descriptions of the courses covered;
- a copy or at least a thorough summary of an independent research thesis.
International applicants are also required to prove that their qualifications are equivalent to those offered in Australia by submitting them to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for assessment. Equivalency is determined by the APS; the outcome of the APS assessment must be submitted with the application by the due date.
Most years approximately 280-300+ applicants apply for a maximum total of 20-25 positions. Therefore, even for students with honours degrees, there is no guarantee of acceptance. Entry to these degrees (Masters and combined) is extremely competitive.
There are two stages to the selection process (for those degrees involving clinical training):
- ranking of eligibility requirements – (to select potential applicants for stage 2)
- a selection interview for the top applicants based on the above.
In Stage 1, applicants are assessed and ranked according to:
Approximately 50 applicants are selected for interview based on the ranking process (above). Interviews are conducted by clinical staff and are aimed to look for the fit between the applicant and the Macquarie program. The interview processes will evaluate applicants according to suitability for clinical training; communication skills; ethics; and maturity.
Length of Candidature
Masters: 2 years full-time, 3-4 years part-time
PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Note that maximum lengths of candidature are enforced very strictly by the university, especially for research degrees (ie doctorates). Penalties may be applied for candidates who go beyond their maximum length.
Most units are offered during the day (8am – 6pm). Please note that units are not run separately for part or full-time students. Therefore, part-time students will need to be able to take time from work on at least one or preferably two working days per week.
Research can also be very time consuming and students will need to have sufficient time available in their weeks to be able to conduct high quality research projects.
Most importantly, for all courses involving clinical training, practical placements are a major part of the course and are very time-consuming. In most cases, placements will require students on 2 to 3 working days per week over several months. Students with work commitments will need to be able to demonstrate availability for such placements before being accepted.
1st half year only (i.e., Feb/March). We do not have a mid-year intake for the Masters of Clinical Psychology or combined PhD/Masters program.
Fees are charged for the Masters on a credit point basis. The Master of Clinical Psychology is a 64 credit point program
For specific program fees and information visit Postgraduate Fees.
International students work under a different fee schedule. See the International Students website for information.
Associate Professor Maria Kangas
Psychology PG Officer
telephone: (02) 9850 8087
Program of Study
Full Program descriptions including units of study are available at Find a course