Master of Psychology (Clinical) – MPsych(Clin)

Postgraduate Handbook

While entry is governed by many factors such as an interview and experience relevant to the field, the minimum requirement for Masters level (AQF Level 9) is based on academic achievement and is determined by a weighted average of an undergraduate, APAC accredited, sequence over the three-year levels prior to the AQF level being considered (eg. 2nd year, 3rd year and 4th year for Level 9 Masters).

A 10:20:70 weighted score will be used to calculate the academic component of the score with the most recent years of study providing a greater weighting. The minimum entry requirement is a grade average of  75%. As per APAC standards, successful completion of a four-year APAC-accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology, with an upper second class Honours (2A) or equivalent overall mark, within the last 10 years is required prior to entry.

Candidates must be eligible to apply for provisional registration with the psychologist registration board.

Personal Statement

Students are required to provide a 500 word personal statement to accompany their application. In particular, reviewers at ISN are interested in:

  • Why you are interested in a clinical psychology programme;
  • Why you are applying for clinical psychology rather than another health discipline or scope of practice;
  • What makes you a suitable candidate;
  • Any particular psychology interests or passions you may have;
  • Your relevant skills, work and personal experiences; and
  • A diversity statement – that is, describe what professional or personal skills, experience or community engagement demonstrate your commitment to sensitivity and awareness of diversity issues (e.g. gender, culture, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.).

Selection Process

  1. Phase 1 – Domestic student status and Academic entry requirements review: 75% threshold met for all 4th year psychology units and an overall 75%      obtained in year 2 and 3 undergraduate and honours units with a weighting of 10 (year 2):20 (year 3):70 (year 4) applied to generate this score;
  2. Phase 2 – Candidate ranking based on academic ability and all supporting documentation (CV, Personal Statement, Referee Reports) for candidates that     meet phase 1 entry requirements;
  3. Phase 3 – Interviews with shortlisted candidates and an on-site psychometric assessment looking at personality traits;
  4. Phase 4 – Ranking of shortlisted candidates based on interview performance and consideration of psychometric report data;
  5. Phase 5 – Offers sent out to candidates based on final rankings and intake quota.

The course structure is based on four full-time semesters
(each of 12 weeks’ duration), with 5 units (10 points each) typically taught in each semester.

It comprises:

  • 11 compulsory core units which provide knowledge and skill training to the key areas of clinical psychology
  • 2 core internal placements as a probationary psychologist within ISN Clinic
  • 2 core (one 20 point unit) external placements as a probationary psychologist within various psychological Clinics in the Health Network
  • 3 core research units (one 20 point unit) in psychology making up the minor thesis component of the course

To qualify for the award of the degree of Master of Psychology (Clinical) a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 200 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core units noted below at a minimum pass mark of 70%

This course is offered either Full-Time or Part-Time.

ISN Psychology is now a FEE HELP approved provider.

Tuition Fees are payable upfront or through FEE HELP for eligible students.

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – 2019

Name of Course: Master of Psychology (Clinical) (year 5)
Training Package Code: MPsych(Clin)
Delivery Location(s): Heidelberg campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site

Unit of Study Unit Code Commence date Census date Completion date EFTSL TUITION FEES
Full fee-paying (FFP) Government subsidised student (GSS)
Semester 1: Ethics & Professional Issues ISN501 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 1: Research Project 1 ISN502 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 1: Adult Psychopathology ISN503 4 Mar 29 Apr 28 Jun 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 1: Interventions 1 ISN504 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 1: Clinical Psychometric Assessment ISN505 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 2: Formulation and Treatment Planning ISN511 29 Jul 30 Aug 22 Nov 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 2: Clinic Experience 1 ISN512 29 Jul 30 Aug 22 Nov 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 2: Interventions 2 ISN513 29 Jul 30 Aug 22 Nov 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Project 2 ISN514 29 Jul 30 Aug 22 Nov 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Methods ISN515 29 Jul 30 Aug 22 Nov 0.10 $3,190.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $31,900.00 N/A

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – 2019

Name of Course: Master of Psychology (Clinical) (year 6)
Training Package Code: MPsych(Clin)
Delivery Location(s): Heidelberg campus
Delivery Mode(s): On-site

Unit of Study Unit Code Commence date Census date Completion date EFTSL TUITION FEES
Full fee-paying (FFP) Government subsidised student (GSS)
Semester 1: Clinic Experience 2 ISN601 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,450.00 N/A
Semester 1: External Placement 1 ISN602 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,450.00 N/A
Semester 1: Clinical Health Psychology ISN603 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,450.00 N/A
Semester 1: Clinical Assessment and Intervention with Children and Adolescents ISN604 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,450.00 N/A
Semester 1: Advanced Interventions 1 ISN605 4 Mar 29 Mar 28 Jun 0.10 $3,450.00 N/A
Semester 2: Advanced Interventions 2 ISN611 29 Jul 30 Aug 22 Nov 0.10 $3,450.00 N/A
Semester 2: External Placement 2 ISN612 29 Jul 30 Aug 22 Nov 0.20 $6,900.00 N/A
Semester 2: Reserach Project 3 ISN513 29 Jul 30 Aug 22 Nov 0.20 $6,900.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $34,500.00 N/A