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Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsych) (Clinical Psychology)
Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsych) (Clinical Psychology)

Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsych) (Clinical Psychology)

  • ID:MU610107
  • Level:Master's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Entry to the program is very competitive and requires a recognised and accredited Bachelor of Arts degree (or Bachelor of Science degree) with at least 2A Honours in Psychology or a Postgraduate/Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

  • Applicants will also need to supply referee reports and a personal statement that details their past accomplishments, future plans, and interests in the graduate psychology program. Interviews will be offered to the best candidates.

  • Students with overseas qualifications who are accepted into the course and who wish to seek registration in Australia after graduation should ensure that their undergraduate qualifications meet the requirements of the relevant psychology registration board for equivalence to a four-year Australian degree in Psychology with at least 2A Honours.

  • Applications with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study.

English Requirements

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), 6.5 Overall

    • 6.0 Reading

    • 6.0 Writing

    • 6.0 Speaking

    • 6.0 Listening

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE), N/A

  • Pearson Test of English (PTE), 58 Overall

    • 58 Reading

    • 58 Writing

    • 58 Speaking

    • 58 Listening

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language – IBT (TOEFL IBT), 90 Overall

    • 20 Reading

    • 20 Writing

    • 20 Speaking

    • 20 Listening

  • Occupational English Test (OET), N/A

Other Requirements

  • Graduate students must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist. Within the first two weeks of commencing the course, the student must gain provisional registration with Psychology Board of Australia.

  • As many agencies require all staff working with their clients or patients to have a police clearance, applicants are required to obtain a Federal police clearance (which will include WA clearance). In addition, if working with children a separate Working with Children Check is required.

  • Clearly any agency will only be seeking information about behaviours that may place vulnerable clients at risk and will not be interested in any other type of behaviours. The applicant meets the cost of these clearances. Please note that some organisations providing professional placements require students to provide full immunisation records. Applicants must be in a position to provide these records if required.

Course Information

If you’re working towards becoming a registered psychologist and have completed your fourth year, this course provides you with the first step required in the 5+1 pathway.

You’ll undertake coursework, practicum, and research to gain specialised knowledge of psychological practice. Gain the work-ready skills in assessment (e.g. Mental State Exam, WAIS) and intervention (e.g. CBT, family-based interventions) all based on the latest psychological approaches and research findings in a supportive learning environment.

Develop the personal and professional skills you need in practice by completing two practicums, either within our on-campus clinic, or through an internship at an external workplace. If you’re already working in a psychology setting, you may undertake practical experience at your own workplace (by arrangement with the practicum co-ordinator). You’ll be guided in your development of clinical-based learning through placements in Murdoch’s on-campus psychology clinic.

This course provides a pathway into the Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) based on performance and availability of places. There is also a school stream in the degree, which allows you to be employed within the Education Department of WA as a School Psychologist.

Entry to this course is very competitive and requires a recognised and accredited undergraduate psychology degree, plus either Honours in Psychology (with at least 2A Honours), a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (with a distinction average), or a Bachelor of Psychology with evidence of relevant experience in the field.

3 reasons to study a Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) at Murdoch

  • Learn from leading academics and experienced clinicians who are committed to helping you succeed in your studies.

  • Gain professional experience with real people either through our on-campus psychology clinic, or with the School Psychology Service.

  • Establish a network of valuable industry contacts through your practical placement that will open up employment opportunities when you graduate.

What you'll learn

  • Suicide prevention

  • Assessment for adults and children

  • Intervention with children and adults

  • Counselling

  • How to work in a functioning psychology clinic.

CRICOS code: 085584A

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Total credit points: 24

  • Unit code, Unit name, Credit points

  • Course Core, 24 credit points

  • Required Units, 15 credit points

  • PSY610, Professional Psychology: Research Project, 3

  • PSY6551, Psychology: Advanced Research Methods, 3

  • PSY662, Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method, 3

  • PSY664, Clinical Psychology: Working with Children and Families, 3

  • PSY669, Psychotherapy in Practice, 3

  • Specified Elective Units (Group 1), 3 credit points

  • PSY612, Work and Well-being, 3

  • , OR,

  • PSY565, Clinical Psychology: Working with Adults, 3

  • Specified Elective Units (Group 2), 6 credit points

  • PSY601, Professional Psychology: Practicum 1 (Pre-clinical), 3

  • , OR,

  • PSY602, Professional Psychology: Practicum 2 (Pre-clinical), 3

  • , OR,

  • PSY605, Professional Psychology: Practicum 1 (Professional), 3

  • , OR,

  • PSY606, Professional Psychology: Practicum 2 (Professional), 3

  • , OR,

  • PSY607, Professional Psychology: Practicum 1 (Workplace Internship), 3

  • , OR,

  • PSY608, Professional Psychology: Practicum 2 (Workplace Internship), 3

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Job prospects for professional psychologists are very good and employment growth is expected to be strong. Upon graduation from this course, students will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas including private practice (once you have met registration requirements) and working in various public and private sector agencies.

You could work in the following areas: health, community development, justice, education, and disabilities. Those students who complete the school stream will be employable in the State Education Department’s School Psychology Service. Careers could include:

  • School Psychologist (if the school stream is completed)

  • Clinical Psychologist (if you gain entry after completing the Masters of Applied Psychology Professional)

  • Paediatric assessment services

  • Disability sector work

  • Alcohol and drug counselling.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) within the newly developed 5+1 training pathway. The course is recognised by Psychology Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Once the course is completed, graduates can apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for registration as a psychologist and for membership of the APS. To obtain full endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Professional Psychologist, graduates are required to complete one year of practice under supervision within a psychology internship.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover: 530 AUD per year

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