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Clinical Psychology Programs Application Information

Applications for the Clinical Psychology postgraduate programs close on 30 September for domestic students, and 31 August for international students.

Domestic students are required to submit an online application (available through the Courses & Programs website) and attach the Domestic Applicant Psychology Additional Information Form (available from the links on the right), academic transcripts and CV. Three referee reports are required and reports will be forwarded automatically to referees (via email) when the online application is submitted.

International students: Must lodge their application through UQ International – please click on the “International Students” photo on the UQ International webpage, then on the “Apply to UQ” tab to access the application portal. Your application should include the International Applicant Form 2017 and three International Applicant Referee Report forms, along with your academic transcripts and CV. The applicant form, referee report forms and application notes are available from the links on the right.

The clinical postgraduate programs are extremely competitive; roughly four to five times as many people apply to get into the programs as we can accommodate.

Eligibility and Requirements

Interviews and GPAs

All applicants must attend either a face-to-face interview or a video-linked interview; we do not do telephone interviews.

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 currently completing their honours/fourth year must meet the minimum 2A honours class or equivalent for completed studies in the fourth year at the time of application.

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.

Referee Reports

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).


IMPORTANT:All students who do not possess an honours level degree from an Australia University must get their undergraduate qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (information on how to do this and the fees associated with this service can be found here).


There is no hard-and-fast weighting between academic qualifications, interview results and referees reports. These are evaluated holistically at an extended meeting of the clinical staff.

No Deferral of Offers

If accepted to the clinical training program you cannot defer your entrance.

If you would like to take a year off between your honours year and beginning the program, by all means do so (this may actually enhance your ability to rise to the demands of the training program). However, if you do so you must apply at the end of that gap year.

Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship Support Scheme (NAHSSS)

The NAHSSS: Allied Health Clinical Psychology Scholarship provides financial assistance to applicants wishing to undertake the academic qualification (Masters or Doctoral) required by the Psychology Board of Australia to practice as an endorsed clinical psychologist. The online application is located on the Clinical Psychology Page on the SARRAH website. The selection criteria focus is on unmet need in geographical and clinical areas of need.

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