Master of Psychology (Clinical) – MPsych(Clin)

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.

Working as a clinical psychologist is a complex and challenging role with wide ranging responsibilities. Foremost among these is our responsibility for the safety of the public. At ISN Psychology we take this very seriously.

As part of ISN Psychology training in clinical psychology you will be made aware of the personal, professional, ethical and legal aspects of these responsibilities.

In effect, the training in the Master’s program involves developing knowledge, learning a set of skills and taking up the role of a professional psychologist. To this end, the development of the personal and professional go hand in hand.

A number of aspects of your training program are designed to specifically support the development of these skills. These include regular monitoring of your academic and professional activities and engagement in all aspects of the program. You will be given feedback about how you are progressing with taking up the role of clinical psychologist and developing the required competencies.

The inherent standards below specify the course requirements of the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, relational skills, reflective skills and sustainable performance. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of a registered psychologist are time sensitive, where the capacity to perform certain activities within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to patient safety and wellbeing. The safety and wellbeing of you and others is always of paramount importance.

Students are required to undertake placement activities in mixed gender environments which reflect the Australian health care context.

Successfully completing the course enables you to apply for registration as a registered psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), which is a partner board of the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA). The inherent requirements outlined below provide a guide for students and staff when deciding whether you are able to meet these requirements and the type of reasonable adjustments that could be put in place to allow you to complete the course without compromising the academic integrity of the course.

Your responsibility is to act professionally. This involves ongoing reflection and actively engaging and responding to feedback. Professional conduct that falls outside of this is subject to review. The review process may include participation in a meeting with senior ISN staff where feedback, guidelines for professional behaviour and timelines for change will be provided.

In instances where an appropriate standard of professional behaviour is not attained, ISN Psychology retain the option to terminate involvement in the program.

Please see the following link for more detail:

https://www.westernsydney.edu.au/ir/inherent_requirements/inherent_requirements_for_master_of_psychology_clinical_psychology

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 a FEE-HELP approved provider.

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

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – 2020

Name of Course: Master of Psychology (Clinical) (year 5)
Training Package Code: MPsych(Clin)
Delivery Location(s): Ivanhoe 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 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Research Project 1 ISN502 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Psychopathology and Pharmacology ISN503 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Principals of Psychotherapy and Basic Counselling Skills ISN504 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Clinical Psychometric Assessment ISN505 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Adult Clinical Interventions 1 ISN511 27 Jul 28 Aug 23 Oct 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Clinic Experience 1 ISN512 27 Jul 28 Aug 23 Oct 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Introdcution to CBT with Adults ISN513 27 Jul 28 Aug 23 Oct 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Project 2 ISN514 27 Jul 28 Aug 23 Oct 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Research Methods ISN515 27 Jul 28 Aug 23 Oct 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $35,430.00 N/A

Schedule of FEE HELP/ Upfront Tuition Fees – 2020

Name of Course: Master of Psychology (Clinical) (year 6)
Training Package Code: MPsych(Clin)
Delivery Location(s): Ivanhoe 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 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: External Placement 1 ISN602 2 Mar 27Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Clinical Health Psychology ISN603 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Clinical Assessment and Intervention with Children and Adolescents ISN604 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 1: Advanced Interventions ISN605 2 Mar 27 Mar 26 Jun 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: Adult Clinical Interventions 2 ISN611 27 Jul 28 Aug 23 Oct 0.10 $3,543.00 N/A
Semester 2: External Placement 2 ISN612 27 Jul 28 Aug 23 Oct 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Semester 2: Reserach Project 3 ISN513 27 Jul 28 Aug 23 Oct 0.20 $7,086.00 N/A
Total 1.000 $35,430.00 N/A