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    Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)
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    Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)

    University of Melbourne

    University of Melbourne


    Australia, Melbourne

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    Next Intake Deadlines16-Jan-2025
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    Duration 2 year(s)
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    AUD 57,984  / year
    Next Intake 16-Jan-2025

    Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)


    The Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne enjoys an excellent reputation as one of the premier clinical neuropsychology programs in the country and produces graduates with a detailed understanding of the affective, behavioural and cognitive manifestations of diseases of the central nervous system, particularly those affecting the brain, in adults and children.

    The Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing the required sequence of subjects for graduates wishing to attain generalist registration as a psychologist in Australia, as well as competency in knowledge and skills relevant to the clinical neuropsychology specialisation.

    Graduates acquire competence in various approaches to the study of brain disease, including basic and applied clinical sciences, and are expected to acquire an understanding of culturally responsive, objective assessment of the many behavioural features of brain diseases that can present across the lifespan.

    Course description

    The course is comprised of coursework subjects, practical experience through clinical placements and a major research thesis in an area relevant to clinical psychology.  All subjects are compulsory.  The academic members of the teaching staff are actively involved in the practice of clinical neuropsychology (including supervision of clinical trainees) in a teaching hospital and are therefore well positioned to bring to the teaching situation a high level of clinical and research expertise.

    Students undertake clinical placements in a wide variety of services that cover acute care neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry, geriatrics, rehabilitation, and paediatrics. The placement experience enjoyed by our students is one of the most extensive in the world.

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    The Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) prepares graduates who are distinguished by their breadth and depth of psychological knowledge, research and inquiry skills, and their ability to apply these to identify and provide treatment for diseases of the central nervous system, particularly those affecting the brain, that can occur across the lifespan.  Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) graduates demonstrate:

    Academic distinction

    • Advanced psychological knowledge related to practice in clinical neuropsychology, including identification and treatment of a range of neurological and central nervous system diseases that present across the lifespan.
    • Critical, creative thinking with strong reasoning skills. They can apply psychological knowledge, information and research skills to complex problems relating to mental health and illness, human behaviour, and behavioural change.
    • Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner, with a range of socially and culturally diverse clients.
    • They are adept lifelong learners who generate bold and novel ideas by critically evaluating alternative possibilities and viewpoints.

    Active citizenship

    • A high regard for human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment.
    • An awareness of the social and cultural diversity in communities and can work collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
    • In particular, they have an understanding of and deep respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture and values.
    • They are equipped to be active, well-informed citizens who make substantial contributions to society, and have the potential to become leaders in their professions and communities.

    Integrity and self-awareness

    • Self-direction, with the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities.
    • The ability to work effectively both independently and in groups.
    • Skills in self-assessment, reflective thinking and self-awareness; placing great importance on their personal and professional integrity, and on the willingness to explore, experiment and learn from mistakes.
    • Empathy and concern for the welfare of others and have developed skills in managing their own well-being.


    Entry Requirements

    1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:

    • Within the last 10 years, a Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year undergraduate sequence in psychology (namely a three-year major in psychology as part of an undergraduate degree plus a fourth year Honours specialisation in psychology or equivalent) with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) or equivalent; and
    • Personal statement (no more than 500 words) which outlines why you wish to be considered for the course and your relevant skills. While relevant work/volunteer experience is not a course entry requirement, applicants who have undertaken relevant work/volunteer experience may wish to include this as part of their personal statement.
    • Two referee reports to be submitted online; and
    • Attend a selection interview (short-listed applicants only).

    Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

    2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

    • Prior academic performance; and
    • Suitability for clinical training as determined by the interview, personal statement and referee reports.

    3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.


    • The weighted average is calculated one third from third year psychology subjects and two thirds from fourth year psychology subjects.

    Entry score adjustments for 2020 results:

    For applicants with results from the University of Melbourne for subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, the following will apply:

    • A Psychology Benchmark will be established based on all psychology subjects completed any time other than Semester 1, Winter Term and Semester 2, 2020.
    • Subjects undertaken in Semester 1, Winter Term and/or Semester 2, 2020, for which results are lower than the Psychology Benchmark will be excluded from the entry score calculation.

    The above changes do not apply to yearlong subjects undertaken in 2020; such results will be included in the entry score calculation.

    In the case that applying this rule results in no eligible Level 3 and Level 4 marks for inclusion, then the Psychology Benchmark will be used as the entry score.

    For external applicants, the benchmark will not apply and we will use numerical scores for all available level 3 and level 4 psychology subjects in the selection formula.

    Pass/fail grades will be excluded from the selection formula.

    In the case that excluding pass/fail subjects from the selection formula leaves either the Level 3 or Level 4 terms in the formula empty, the entry score will be the non-empty term (i.e., average of eligible Level 3 subjects if no Level 4 marks are eligible for inclusion; average of eligible Level 4 subjects if no Level 3 marks are eligible for inclusion).

    For further information on the entry score adjustments, please refer to the MSPS Adjustments for 2020 results website.

    Core Participation Requirements

    For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

    The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements, Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:

    English Program Requirements

    IELTS: Score: 7.0, with no band less than 7.0.

    TOEFL: Score: 94+, with writing 27; speaking 23; reading 24; listening 24.

    PEARSON: Score: 72+, with written communicative skill of 75 and no other communicative skill below 72.

    CAMBRIDGE: Score: N/A, .

    Fee Information

    Tuition Fee

    AUD 57,984 
    University of Melbourne

    Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology)

    University of Melbourne

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