The Master of Psychology (Clinical) is designed to prepare students for professional practice as a clinical psychologist. The program is accredited by APAC.

Students who graduate from this course will be eligible to apply for general registration as a psychologist with AHPRA and commence a registrar program towards endorsement as a clinical psychologist.

The Master of Professional Psychology is designed to prepare students for professional practice as a generalist psychologist. The program is accredited by APAC.

Students who graduate from this course will be ready to undertake their 6th year internship as a provisional psychologist, and to sit the national psychology exam to obtain full general registration as a psychologist with AHPRA.

Students in Ethics & Professional Issues will become familiar with the requirements of all State and Commonwealth Acts relevant to psychological work, including relevant ethical codes and guidelines. They will learn how to apply the principles of these codes to their work, to the discussion of cases in case conference, to consider potential ethical dilemmas and to consider inter professional learning.  


Students enrolled in Masters of Professional Psychology will attend the Ethics Workshops as part of their completion of units ISN5101, ISN5103, and ISN5104. In the workshops, students will become familiar with the requirements of all State and Commonwealth Acts relevant to psychological work, including relevant ethical codes and guidelines. Students have an opportunity to apply their knowledge in the application of ethical codes and practice in lectures and practicals, and assessment tasks within units ISN5101, ISN5103 and ISN5104. 


In this subject, in consultation with their supervisor, students will conceptualise a research topic of clinical relevance and aligned with the vision of the Institute for Social Neuroscience (ISN), and then conduct a background literature review that will help them develop their research proposal.

In Research Projects 2 and 3 (ISN514, ISN613), students will develop a full research proposal, present this to academic staff and peers, and collect and analyse data. The literature review completed in ISN502 will help to inform the research proposal process as well as hone students’ skills in reading, analysing, and integrating relevant literature, alongside clear written expression.

ISN503 Psychopathology and Pharmacology develops students' knowledge of the assessment, diagnosis (using current major diagnostic classification systems), aetiology (including psychological models), and treatment of psychological problems across the spectrum of severity and the adult age range. Ethical and cultural considerations will also be embedded within this unit. 

This unit will also provide you with an introduction the pharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders, including developing an understanding of the biological basis of psychiatric disorders as derived from studies on the mechanism of action of psychotropic medications.

ISN5102 Psychopathology builds upon undergraduate training units in abnormal psychology and is developed for you in preparation for starting your practica. In this unit you will develop knowledge of the assessment, diagnosis (using current major diagnostic classification systems), aetiology (including psychological models), and treatment of psychological problems across the spectrum of severity and the adult age range. Ethical and cultural considerations will also be embedded within this unit. 

This unit will also provide you with an introduction to the major classes of medications used in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. The unit allows you to understand the biological basis of psychiatric disorders as derived from studies on the mechanism of action of psychotropic medications.

ISN504 Principles of Psychotherapy and Basic Counselling Skills develops student knowledge of the principles of empirically validated psychotherapy treatments, including the awareness of the existing research, and the ability to apply evidence-based practice to their clinical work. Students will develop basic counselling skills and micro-skills through participation in class role plays and practice sessions.


ISN5101 Clinical Skills and Formulation will teach and assess basic clinical skills, basic ethical practice, and basic components involved in conducting biopsychosocial/ cognitive behavioural assessments and choosing relevant interventions. Ethical and cultural considerations will be embedded within this unit.               

Students will develop knowledge of the principles of psychotherapy and will build basic counselling skills, including interviewing skills, micro-skills, and ethical considerations (e.g., informed consent and confidentiality). Students will develop skills and knowledge based on a scientist-practitioner model emphasising the use of evidence-based skills and interventions, including appropriate formulations of presenting problems.

ISN5101 Psychological Assessment and ISN505 Clinical Psychometric Assessment are offered concurrently in the Masters of Clinical Psychology (ISN505) and the Masters of Professional Psychology (ISN5103).

 The Unit will familiarize students with the principles of test construction and the principles, practices, methods, and procedures relating to psychometric assessment. The Unit also covers the reporting of results of cognitive and personality assessment across age ranges. Upon successful completion of this Unit, students will demonstrate competency in the selection of appropriate assessment measures, including consideration of reliability and validity, they will be able to adequately administer an intellectual ability scale, as well as correctly interpret and report assessment findings.

Formulation and Treatment Planning assists in preparing students for external placements and introduces students to an overview of the psychological intervention processes in adult clinical clients.

In Clinic Experience 1 students will learn about the realities of clinical practice. Students will experience and run actual clinical sessions with clients throughout the semester. Students will conduct initial assessment interviews, and are expected to generate and maintain clinical case files.

ISN513 introduces you to the principles and practice of modern Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). The subject is constructed to enable you to develop essential skills.

In this unit, students will refine and develop a final research proposal. They will prepare and submit a written research proposal and where appropriate, an ethics application, for their proposed research. Students will also present their proposed research plan to their peers and ISN faculty for peer review and feedback.

ISN515: Research Methods introduces students to quantitative advanced research methods. Qualitative research methodologies and other advanced techniques will be taught. Students will demonstrate the ability to use established data sets to complete various quantitative and qualitative analysis, and complete a mixed method analysis and complete a report integrating both data sets. Students will become familiar with the application of advanced (SPSS) statistical programs. 

ISN5104: In Research Project A, students will cover a variety of topics related to applied psychology research methods and statistical analyses. The remainder of this unit will involve students working with their supervisors to develop a research proposal and ethics application. Students will investigate qualitative and quantitative research methods, project management, ethics, and their application to applied psychological research, research designs including single-case designs, and methods to evaluate service delivery. There will also be coverage of the principles and procedures governing the use of statistics in applied psychological research. Students will be instructed in the production of a research proposal and ethics application for their master’s research project.

In Clinical Experience 2 students will continue with clinical work in the ISN Clinic.


To further develop their assessment and clinical decision making skills in the clinical environment, in External Placement 1 students will demonstrate their clinical competence in working with a wide range of clients, demonstrating the ability to work effectively within an external multidisciplinary team.


Clinical Health Psychology introduces the field of clinical health psychology and related theoretical frameworks to students. The unit aims to link psychological and physical aspects of health and illness, with a focus on the application of clinical psychology principles and techniques for the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of illness. Students become familiar with psychological assessment within health settings and adherence to treatment and preparation for medical procedures, and develop basic skills within the role of clinical psychologists in developing behaviour change programs for various levels of prevention. 


Clinical Assessment and Intervention with Children and Adolescents aims to develop an awareness of the behavioural and clinical assessment, and management of common psychological disorders in children and adolescents. Students will become familiar with anxiety and mood disorders, internalising and externalising problems, developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Students will develop the ability to design appropriate assessment and intervention strategies to address disorders such as: anxiety and mood disorders, internalising and externalising problems, developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders. 


In External Placement 2 students will further demonstrate their clinical competence in working with a wide range of clients, demonstrating the ability to work effectively within an external multidisciplinary team.


This unit is the final research component of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) course. This unit will build on the work commenced in Research Project 2 and will enable students to produce their master’s research report.

Students will conduct research and produce a report based on their proposal and ethics application. This will involve data collection and analysis, writing a master’s level report that is of publishable quality, and regular meetings with their research supervisor(s).