Master of Applied Psychology - Clinical Psychology

Murdoch University

This professionally accredited course adheres to a scientist-practitioner model that stresses a systematic problem-solving approach. Its objective is to prepare psychologists who are skilled in individual casework and can apply their skills and knowledge to prevention, research, development, and evaluation at the individual and system levels. This course includes coursework, practicum, and research components that will qualify students as clinical psychologists at Master's degree level. Candidates undertake at least three approved placements. The University has arrangements with a wide variety of service providers such as WA Department of Health, Department for Community Development, Department of Justice, Disability Services Commission, WA Police Service and other public and private services and facilities to provide practicum opportunities. Candidates have opportunities to undertake placements an adult clinical facility and a child clinical facility. This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and is recognized by the Psychology Board of Australia and the College of Clinical Psychologists at 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 Clinical Psychologist, graduates are required to complete one additional year of practice under supervision within a psychology internship. Psychologists are emerging as highly employable professionals in contemporary health services given their strong grounding in effective interventions, solid assessment skills and their ability to devise and implement research. Clinical psychology remains the most popular specialization within psychology both in Australia and internationally. Employment growth for Clinical Psychologists is expected to be strong following recent government initiatives such as Medicare rebated services. On graduation from this course, students will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, including private practice as a registered psychologist, and working in various public and private sector agencies in areas such as health, community development, justice, education, and disabilities.

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts degree (or Bachelor of Science degree) with at least 2A Honours in Psychology or its equivalent (i.e. average Distinction in Bachelor of Psychology or Postgraduate/Graduate Diplomas 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 for which they have applied as part of the admission process. 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 4-year Australian degree in Psychology. Applications with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study.


The course consists of two years of full-time study or may be undertaken on a part-time basis over not more than eight years. The course includes coursework, practicum, and research components which will qualify them as clinical psychologists at Master's degree level. Candidates undertake at least three approved placements. The University cooperates with the Commonwealth and State Public Services, such as the Department of Health, Department for Community Development, Department of Justice, Disability Services Commission, WA Police Service and other public and private services and facilities in Western Australia. Candidates must include at least one placement in an adult clinical facility, one in a child clinical facility, and one in a rehabilitation facility; two of these placements must be external to the University.

Subjects you can Study:

Clinical psychology

Study Pathways:

Students who complete the first year of the Master of Applied Psychology may apply to transfer to the Doctor of Psychology and will be exempt from the units already completed which are common to both degrees. During their first year of study, students may also apply for enrolment in a PhD and if accepted may enter the combined MAppPsych/PhD course.

Further information:

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 screening by the Department of Community Development 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.


This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is recognised as such by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Western Australian Psychologists' Registration Board.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00125J

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info No Part time 4 years
Murdoch No info No Full time 2 years

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Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

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The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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