Australian National University

Master of Clinical Psychology

Canberra ACT 0200, Australia

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At ANU, we are making breakthroughs in mental health prevention and treatment, from understanding how children and youth can build stronger and happier futures, to breaking down stigma so that those affected can live more fulfilling lives.

Join us and help make our society a better place with the Master of Clinical Psychology.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the core areas of clinical psychology and develop practical skills that will underpin your career success.

Our contemporary training is founded on the scientist-practitioner model where clinical skills and interventions are considered on the basis of available scientific evidence and knowledge.

Find out more about clinical psychology, the degree structure, the university experience, career opportunities and student stories on our website.

Get the inside story on what it’s like to be an ANU student by visiting our student blog.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

This degree is the fundamental professional qualification in clinical psychology, and will provide you with postgraduate clinical training to practise in a range of clinical settings such as hospitals, community health centres and private practice.

This degree can also form the basis of a career in other areas including corporate consulting, evaluation science, social policy, recruitment, mediation, and population health.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Clinical Psychology graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Advanced knowledge of and the ability to critically evaluate theory in clinical psychology including a deep understanding of theories underlying assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, and the treatment of psychopathology across the lifespan.
  2. An advanced level of skill in the application of psychological knowledge to a wide range of psychological problems and disorders across the lifespan.
  3. An advanced level of skill in diagnostic interviewing and counselling and a high level of competence in the principles and practice of clinical assessment, diagnosis, case formulation, and psychological therapy.
  4. An advanced level of skills in psychological testing and test data interpretation and in the writing of psychological reports.
  5. Advanced knowledge and skills in the interpretation and critical evaluation of psychological and other research relevant to the broad field of clinical psychology practice.
  6. Advanced knowledge and skills in the application and implementation of appropriate research methodologies to advancing knowledge in both fundamental and applied issues in clinical psychology.
  7. Understanding of the principles and application of the scientist-practitioner model and evidence-based psychological practice to the field of clinical psychology.
  8. Knowledge and application of the ethical, professional, and legal frameworks relevant to the practice of clinical psychology.
  9. Advanced skills in communicating and working with other health professionals and non-professionals including a high level of ability in written communication (e.g., clinical and research reports) and oral communication (e.g., research, case presentations, seminars).
  10. Awareness, knowledge and skill in interacting and working with clients from diverse cultural settings including those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds

Further Information

Please note the application closing date is 30 September each year

Applicants must provide a current curriculum vitae and two Referee Forms. If you are an international applicant please use the ‘APPLY’ button at the top of this page.

If you are a domestic applicant applying through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) please provide your CV as a PDF using UAC’s upload facility after you apply through UAC. For information about this upload facility visit:

Referee report forms should be sent directly by your referees via email to  . 

Domestic applicants who are applying to the Masters of Clinical Psychology program through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) are able to access the National referee system offered by Psychology Reference. The Reference Request System allows applicants for Australian post-graduate programs in Psychology to apply for a reference from academic and /or professional referees and for these references to be shared with the nominated institutions. For further information regarding this system please visit


Clinical Field Placements

In their first semester, students attend courses preparing them for their first clinical placement which begins in June-July of the first year in the ANU Psychology Clinic. Subsequent to this placement they undertake three or more supervised clinical field placements.

Clinical Research

Part of the requirements of the Master of Clinical Psychology degree is the completion of an appropriate empirical research project normally supervised by a member of staff of the School of Psychology. Students begin work on this project from the beginning of the first year of the course and are expected to submit the two completed written components of this project by 31 January of the year following their second year. These written components are (1) a literature review of the research topic of no more than 6000 words (2) a journal article manuscript of the research project of no more than 6000 words.

Performance and attendance

The Clinical Program is a professional training program and the School has a responsibility to ensure that graduates complete certain training requirements to a high standard. Both attendance and the satisfactory completion of assessment processes are necessary conditions for the successful completion of any of the degrees offered in the clinical program. High standards of academic and professional performance as well as ethical conduct are expected of all our students. All components of the program will be assessed. Students must satisfy course requirements in each and every component of the program (coursework, clinical placements and research) in order for the degree to be awarded. Students will not be permitted to proceed with their research if failures are recorded in the coursework or clinical placement components of their study program.

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Canberra ACT 0200, Australia

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