Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

VU course code: AMAL | CRICOS: 113430E | Level of study: Postgraduate
2 years full time or longer for part time
In person
Footscray Park


Prepare for a career as a Clinical Psychologist with a Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at Victoria University.

The Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at VU provides an accredited pathway to clinical psychology endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a fully registered psychologist. During your study, you will:

  • learn advanced theory and psychological practice skills
  • engage in practical classes and fieldwork placements
  • complete a minor masters research thesis.

With a unique emphasis on both cognitive-behavioural and psychodynamic therapeutic practice, this course will maximise your opportunities to apply a range of assessment, formulation and therapeutic techniques in clinical field placements at agencies across Melbourne and at the VU Psychology Clinic. For strong career outcomes, you will have opportunities to:

  • practise both face-to-face and using telehealth
  • facilitate group psychotherapy programs
  • apply for a placement at our Orygen outpost where you will gain experience in providing early-interventions for youth mental health.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).



The Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) provides an accredited pathway to registration as a psychologist. After graduating, you can apply for two years of supervised practice in clinical psychology through the ‘registrar program’, after which you will become eligible to apply for endorsement in the area of Clinical Psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).

Graduates of the Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at VU go on to have rewarding careers that match their passions and interests in the following areas:

  • private, public and non-profit mental health services
  • hospitals and interprofessional settings
  • youth mental health and school settings
  • rehabilitation and disability services
  • policy, advocacy and program development
  • research and evaluation
  • child protection, forensic services and related areas.

Graduates qualify for registration as a psychologist in Victoria and membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

The program has been designed to meet the accreditation standards of the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC).


VU Stories

Alana Howells.
Healing and inspiring minds
Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
"All the internal and external placements were so beneficial. They included close monitoring and supervision, which really helped me to improve my skills in assessment and treatment."
Alana's story