Course Information

MASTER OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (MCP) AND MASTER OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AND DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (MCP/PHD)

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD) double degree are postgraduate degrees in the professional specialisation of clinical psychology. At the end of their degree, students will have the highly-developed knowledge base and strong clinical skills needed to work as a professional clinical psychologist in many clinical and community settings.

The Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP)
The MCP involves two years of full-time study. You will develop a theoretical foundation through coursework taught by leading academic staff at the University of Sydney. Then, you can put this to the test in real situations through 1200 hours of clinical placements, both in our on-campus Psychology Clinic as well as outstanding teaching hospitals like Westmead Hospital and the Children's Hospital at Westmead. Finally, your learning will be bolstered by the opportunity to specialise with a research-based project in your own are of interest.

Graduates of the MCP program leave with a scientific and evidence-based approach to clinical psychology. The program’s cognitive-behavioural approach to treatment, coupled with alternative models of therapy introduced in the second year, will ensure you will have with both depth and breadth to your clinical training.

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The Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD)
The Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy will open the doors to both a professional and research career in clinical psychology. The degree’s combination of clinical and doctorate-level research training will enable you to work around the world as a psychologist.

The Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP & PhD) is ideal if you want to become a qualified clinical psychologist, but are also interested in a path into research or academia. In this double degree you will complete the coursework program, the Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP), as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research thesis.

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Accreditation
The MCP and MCP&PhD are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year of study, and are approved qualifications for Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. AHPRA’s Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) also recognises the programs for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology. The programs are recognised by the NSW Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychologist.

Career opportunities
Graduates will have a highly developed knowledge base and strong clinical skills necessary for both the science and practice of professional psychology, to enable them to work as a professional clinical psychologists in clinical and community settings. Graduates will be eligible to apply for a registrar program leading to area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology.