Master of Psychology
- Local students
- International students
- Program code: MC002
- Campus: Bundoora campus
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.
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.
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).
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Clinical psychologists are specialists in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems and mental illness.
You'll work in:
- private practices
- 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 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.
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).
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
- Check the application dates to see when to apply.
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section).
- Choose your application method and apply.
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section).
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
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.
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.
There may be other additional expenses and administrative fees associated with your studies.
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.