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Become a professional clinical psychologist working with children, adolescents and adults when you study the Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology).

You'll study a range of assessments, therapies and rehabilitation techniques and undertake clinical field placements in agencies across Melbourne. As part of your professional training you'll also see clients at the VU Psychology Clinic.

This program has a strong emphasis on both cognitive and psychodynamic therapeutic perspectives.

The course provides an APAC-accredited pathway to practice as a fully-registered professional psychologist. In addition, appropriately-qualified applicants can continue postgraduate training in the area of Clinical Psychology.

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).

As a student of this course you'll learn advanced theory, engage in practical classes and complete a minor Master research thesis. In addition, you'll participate in selected fieldwork placements, under the direct supervision of experienced psychologists (with appropriate endorsement from the Psychology Board of Australia).

The course adopts a lifespan framework, training graduates in a wide range of assessment and therapeutic techniques with adults, children and adolescents, with a particular emphasis on both psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural perspectives. The approach embraces a reflective and scientist-practitioner perspective, providing evidence-based interventions for enabling well-being and human flourishing.


This course equips you for a career as a specialist professional psychologist in the area of Clinical Psychology.

Psychology Board of Australia endorsement enables you to practice as a professional psychologist. With further supervision in the area of Clinical Psychology, you'll become eligible for a Medicare provider number.


Course structure

To attain the Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) students will be required to complete 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units), consisting of:

  • 192 credit points (equivalent to 16 units) of Core studies.

Core Units

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise the contribution, demands and responsibilities of the role registered psychologists play in the delivery of comprehensive multidisciplinary health care systems;  
  2. Critically analyse psychological problems from different perspectives and levels, including individual, dyad, and family systems;  
  3. Formulate evidence-based, appropriately complex, and effective intervention plans for clients with psychological difficulties;  
  4. Critically review the professional literature to identify and apply best practice guidelines for intervention;  
  5. Plan, conduct, and prepare a written report on, an applied psychology research project;  
  6. Critically evaluate core ethical and professional conduct issues that practising psychologists are likely to encounter;  
  7. Evaluate psychology intervention programs and critically assess their effectiveness; and  
  8. Apply for general registration through the Psychology Board of Australia, having integrated theory, research and professional practice from a diverse range of clinical psychology perspectives.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

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To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: Domestic applicants with an Honours degree with an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year sequence in psychology or equivalent

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

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