Course Description

The Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy will open the doors to both a professional and research career in clinical psychology. The degree’s combination of clinical and doctorate-level research training will enable you to work around the world as a psychologist.

The Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP & PhD) is ideal if you want to become a qualified clinical psychologist, but are also interested in a path into research or academia. In this double degree you will complete the coursework program, the Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP), as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) research thesis.

The four-and-a-half-year course is structured so that MCP coursework is completed over the first three years (1st year is full-time MCP, 2nd and 3rd years are concurrent MCP part-time and PhD full-time) and the remaining three semesters are for full-time PhD studies.

Like the MCP program, the MCP & PhD includes a minimum of 1200 hours of clinical placements. These will be done both in our on-campus Psychology Clinic as well as in outstanding teaching hospitals like Westmead Hospital and the Children's Hospital at Westmead. And, with careful selection of clinical placements and additional clinical placements hours, MCP & PhD graduates can meet UK, US and Canadian standards.

To assist students to make informed choices about their study, we have identified the Inherent Requirements for coursework courses in clinical psychology. For more information about the requirements, please read the Inherent requirements for clinical psychology.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $30,000 total course cost.Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $10,596 total course cost.

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Psychology postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 60.0% (national average 72.6%)
Improved skills: 77.5% (national average 80.4%)
Overall satisfaction: 86.3% (national average 82.7%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Psychology postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 78.3% (national average 81.2%)
Studying full time: 11.3% (national average 15.0%)
Median full time salary: $94,600 (national average $75,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 082918G
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: MACLPPHD1000

Entry Requirements

IELTS: A minimum result of 7.0 overall and a minimum result of 7.0 in each band