Program Overview

You'll learn practical skills and knowledge essential for a career in professional clinical psychology. The curriculum covers areas such as cognitive behavioural therapy, child and adolescent mental health, psychopathology, counselling skills, psychological assessment and treatment, and advanced psychotherapy process skills.

You'll also explore the ethical and professional issues associated with work in this field, and develop skills in writing professional-standard assessment reports suitable for a range of referral agencies or contexts.

During your clinical placement practicum, you'll perform clinic intake assessments and conduct case work with clients including face-to-face assessment and intervention with adults and children.

During your program you'll be required to work on a research project. Working collaboratively with your research supervisor, you'll address a research question relevant to the field of clinical psychology and produce a research report.

As a graduate, you'll be equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to work with adults and children in a range of clinical settings (such as community health centres, schools, hospitals, prisons, applied research facilities, and private practice).

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9 - Masters Degree.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 39,000




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Core subjects

Core subjects are required subjects in your course. You need to complete these subjects to attain your degree.

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Clinical Practicum A
  • Clinical Practicum B
  • Ethics And Skills For Professional Practice
  • Foundation Skills In Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Neurobiological And Clinical Disorders In Childhood
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Masters A
  • Advanced Process Skills
  • Advanced Research Methods
  • Assessment And Treatment Of Major Disorders
  • Health And Mental Health Practice
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum A
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum B

Academic entry requirement


Specialisation - compulsory: Psychology

APAC-Accredited H2A in Honours year

Applicants must have completed their degree within the last 10 years.

WAM - Weighted Average Mark (WAM) 75%

APAC-accredited fourth-year psychology program.

Selection criteria

  • Submit three referee reports with your application. At least one of these should be from an academic referee, and at least one from a professional referee (i.e., you can submit two academic referee reports and one professional referee report, or one academic referee report and two professional referee reports). 

  • All applicants must complete and submit the Professional Experience Form.

  • The University will access your official transcript upon application.

  • All applicants must complete and submit a Personal Statement.

Note: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Annual tuition fee
A$39 000 per 120 credit points.

Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.

This degree will provide you with the training required to apply for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and to commence specialist registrar training towards clinical psychologist endorsement with the PsyBA. Clinical psychologists are equipped to work with children, adolescents and adults in a range of clinical settings including schools, hospitals, prisons, consulting firms, market research companies, academic and applied research facilities, and private practice.

Professional recognition
The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology may be eligible to apply for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a psychologist. Specialist endorsement as a clinical psychologist with the PsyBA is subject to additional registrar requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details. Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology may apply for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA). Membership may be subject to additional requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional bodies for details.


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