Master of Psychology

Overview

  • Program code: MC002
  • Campus: Bundoora campus

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This program offers you the necessary training to become a professional psychologist.

It is oriented towards cognitive-behavioural psychology and you'll be trained and expected to work according to the scientist-professional model. RMIT University specialises in clinical psychology.

Duration

2 years full-time or 4 years part-time

Program structure and features

Learning and teaching

You’ll experience a range of learning environments— lectures, individual and group work. Lectures are used extensively in the program to communicate knowledge and guide student learning.

A large proportion of time is spent under supervision in the on-campus psychology clinic treating clients presenting with a variety of psychological, educational and developmental problems.

In addition, you’ll be required to undertake two practicum placements off campus in supervised psychological practice. minimum of 40 days and 60 days, respectively) in agencies like hospitals, clinics and other health facilities.

Casework courses and field placements comprise a minimum of 132 days of practicum experience. You'll also do a supervised research thesis.

Program structure

The program consists of 192 credit points. The main areas of focus in Psychology at RMIT are:

  • mental health of children, adolescents and adults
  • clinical interventions
  • motor and cognitive development in children and adolescents
  • wellbeing and resilience
  • cognitive, blended and e-health innovations.

The Master of Psychology is divided into coursework, clinical training and research.

Handbook (program guide)

To see what students are currently studying and to access additional program and course information, visit the program handbook (program guide).

Industry connections

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Career

Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems and mental illness.

You'll work in:

  • private practices
  • hospitals
  • universities
  • general medical practices
  • community health centres
  • mental health services.

Professional recognition and accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

You'll be eligible for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and associate membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

You'll also be eligible to apply for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Registration will allow you to practice in any Australian state or territory. Specialist endorsement as a clinical psychologist is possible after 2 years of supervised practice.

For further details, visit the Psychology Board of Australia's Standards and Guidelines.

Entry requirements

You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.

If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.

Program entry requirements

You must have completed an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) approved four-year sequence of study in psychology (Honours or Graduate Diploma) at an upper-second class Honours level (H2A or 75% level or higher).

Prerequisites

None

Selection tasks

You will need to complete the Psychology supplementary information form, including 2 confidential referee reports.

Shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview.

Working with Children Checks

Students are required to complete a Working with Children Check before going on placement.

How to apply

Fees

Tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.

There are 2 tuition fee types:

  • full fees where you will be responsible for the full cost
  • Commonwealth supported place (CSP) fees where your tuition fee is shared between you and the Commonwealth Government if you meet the eligibility criteria. There are only a small number of CSPs available.

Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP loan scheme to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.

As a Commonwealth supported student, you may be able to either:

  • pay all or part of your student contribution up front and receive a 10% discount, or
  • defer payment through the HECS-HELP loan scheme.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds. Learn more about RMIT Scholarships.

Other fees

In addition to tuition fees you will also pay the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF). You may be able to defer the fee through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.

Owning school

Health Sciences

Contact details

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Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel. +61 3 9925 2260
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Tel. +61 3 9925 7376
Email: healthsciences@rmit.edu.au

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Disclaimer

Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.