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Frequently Asked Questions in the Clinical Program

Applications for the Clinical Psychology postgraduate programs close on 30 September for domestic students, and 31 August for international students. Domestic students apply directly to the School of Psychology, and international students apply through UQ International.

Further information and links to application forms are available:

Applications are shortlisted for interview based on academic achievement, referee reports and any relevant work experience.  Applicants must have a honours class I or IIA Australian accredited four year undergraduate degree in psychology, or equivalent as assessed by the Australian Psychological Society.   Applicants selected for interview are then assessed by a small team of teaching staff.  Final selection is based on the application as a whole: academic achievement, referees’ reports and interview.

Entry to the clinical program is competitive. In recent years we received approximately seven applications for every place we have in the program.

Approach the clinical interview as you would a job interview; dress appropriately, be prepared, and come on time. The interviewers are looking to assess your personal readiness for clinical training and eventually clinical practice. The interview involves a structured conversation about why you want to study psychology, and you respond to some structured scenarios that assess personal attributes relevant to clinical practice. It is a good idea to research the profession of clinical psychology before the interview as you will be better prepared for the interview, and your future career.

The masters program is a two-year full-time or four-year part-time qualification leading to a Masters of Clinical Psychology degree. This qualification involves applied coursework, clinical placements and a dissertation. 

The doctorate program is a three-year full-time or six-year part-time qualification leading to a Doctor of Psychology degree. This qualification involves four semesters of applied coursework and clinical placements, and two semesters of thesis work. Students may pursue the Doctor of Psychology degree in the following areas: Clinical Psychology; Clinical Psychology & Clinical Neuropsychology; Clinical Psychology & Gerontological Psychology; Clinical Psychology & Health Psychology.

Graduates of the Doctor of Psychology program require a minimum of one year of approved supervised full-time equivalent practice with a Board approved supervisor to be eligible for endorsement as a clinical psychologist.  Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology program require a minimum of two years of approved supervised full-time equivalent practice with a Board approved supervisor to be eligible for endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

The Master of Clinical Psychology degree may be combined with the three-year research PhD degree for those wishing to pursue an academic clinical psychology career. In year one you undertake the Master of Clinical Psychology program and apply for admission to a PhD. Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator for advice on how to make this application. If you are accepted into the PhD program you will complete the second year of the MPsychClin program concurrently while undertaking your PhD research.

Recognition of clinical psychology qualifications granted in Australia varies country by country, and in some countries varies state by state (e.g., the USA, Canada). In general doctoral-level qualifications are more widely recognized internationally than are masters-level qualifications, but you will need to apply to the relevant registering body for assessment of your qualifications.

Students in the clinical program attend two full days of classes per week, with the remaining time allocated for internship and externship placements, preparing assignments etc.  As the workload is heavy (45+ hours per week), it is not recommended that full-time-students undertake more than 1 day a week of employment.  Many students take on a tutor position or a research assistant position within the School of Psychology.

Please refer to ‘What it costs’ for international students on the Courses & Programs website for the DPsych and the MPsychClin.

Please refer to ‘What it costs’ for Australian students on the Courses & Programs website for the DPsych and the MPsychClin.

The minimum entry requirement for entry to the clinical program is an Australian accredited four year undergraduate degree in psychology with honours class I or IIA, or equivalent as assessed by the Australian Psychological Society.

All applicants are requested to obtain referees reports from three people: your honours supervisor; another academic staff member; a third person who knows you well, but is not a relative or personal friend.

If you graduated from the honours program with a 2A or above, getting your thesis data published in a peer-reviewed journal or gaining more targeted clinical experience can increase your chances of being selected.

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