Selection

How are applicants selected for the MCP program?
Applicants meeting the admission requirements are selected for interview on the criteria below. Applications are scored according to these criteria and the most highly ranked applicants are offered a selection interview. Following the interview applicants are ranked on their interview performance and application. The top ranked applicants are offered places.
* Undergraduate academic performance
* Additional academic qualifications in Psychology: MSc, PhD in Psychology
* Publications: published journal articles, published reports, conference presentations
* Relevant clinical work experience: Paid work experience (Psychologist, Counsellor, clinically relevant research), Voluntary work experience (teaching, research, other).
* Two Referee Reports (at least one academic)

How are local and international applicants assessed?
All applicants, local and international, are assessed equally based on merit. All applications are evaluated according to standard scoring criteria and rated on interview performance according to a standard set of questions asked of all applicants.

Are applicants from other universities assessed differently?
No. All applicants, regardless of which university attended, are assessed equally based on merit. All applications are evaluated according to standard scoring criteria and rated on interview performance according to a standard set of questions asked of all applicants.

Is application to the MCP very competitive?
Yes, as an indication of interest for the program approximately 300 applications are received each year, of these 50 may be interviewed and 15-20 offered places.

As the MCP is very competitive, how can I strengthen my application?
If you have completed an APAC accredited fourth year equivalent in psychology from a University you will be eligible to apply for the MCP. However, admission to the MCP is highly competitive and is dependent upon the number and quality of applicants at the time of applying. On average 300 applications are received each year and only 50 are offered interviews. Typically over one third to one half of our applicants have First Class Honours. Where according to our application evaluation system, a First Class Honours is more highly weighted than an Upper Second Class Honours which is more highly weighted than a Postgraduate Diploma. So in order to strengthen your application it is recommended to undertake clinically relevant work experience and any published journal articles, published reports or conference presentations. In particular, students holding a postgraduate diploma are advised to seek clinically relevant work experience or publications to make their application more competitive.

Are interviews part of the admission procedure?
Yes, the interview is an essential part of the selection process. Only a limited number of applicants will be invited to interview following the evaluation of application documentation.

What does the selection interview involve?
The interview is usually conducted by a panel of two or three staff members, one from the Clinical Psychology Unit and one from the School of Psychology or an external Clinical Supervisor, and lasts around 20 minutes. The interviews are standardised so that all candidates are asked the same set of questions. The questions are designed to assess the candidate's academic, research and work experience and performance, aptitude for clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology, understanding and awareness of ethical and other issues relevant to clinical practice.

When will the interview be conducted?
Interviews are usually conducted on the last Wednesday and Friday in November. Exact dates for interviews are not normally set until all applications have been received on the closing date.

When will I be contacted for an interview?
Around the end of the third week of November, applications will have been evaluated and ranked. However, a final ranking cannot be determined until all fourth year results have been released following the Examiner's meetings of all Universities. The major of Universities will have released results by the end of November, with some released earlier from the end of third week of November and others later not until the first week of December. As typically around half of our applicants are currently completing Honours, the ranking of applicants and offer of interviews may not be finalised until just prior to the second interview session in December. Therefore whilst some applicants may have already completed hours prior to applying, their ranking may not be sufficiently high even to be offered an interview until later when all final rankings have been determined. Interviews are usually conducted on the last Wednesday and Friday in November. The most highly ranked applicants with complete Hours results will be invited to Interview Session 1. Those who were not successful in gaining an interview will be advised by email once the interviews have been finalised.

As a local student, can I have a phone interview if I will be overseas?
No, phone interviews are not offered to local students who are overseas at the time of interview. It may be considered however, if local students have access to SKYPE, to be offered a web cam based interview.

I am a international student, am I able to have a phone interview?
All International students are asked to arrange access to a computer with webcam and SKYPE access during the interview period. International students are to advise at the time of application on the application form, their SKYPE address, in order to have a web cam based interview. If at the time of interview, technical difficulties are experienced with SKYPE, a telephone interview may be offered. Therefore International students are asked to nominate clearly on their application form, the SKYPE address and the landline telephone number that they will be contactable on during the interview period. It is however, in the applicant's best interests to have a web cam interview.

When will I be advised of the outcome of my application?
Applicants are potentially advised of the outcome of their application and selection interview, early to mid December. The most highly ranked applicants are offered places. In the event that an applicant declines the offer of a place, a process begins whereby the next most highly ranked applicant on the reserve list is offered the place. Applicants offered places have one week to accept or decline the offer. Should places be offered to applicants on the reserve list, reserve list applicants may not be advised of the outcome of their application for a series of weeks as a result of the acceptance procedure. Please note this acceptance procedure usually runs into January, therefore applicants on the reserve list may not be contacted regarding the outcome of their application until this time.