Accreditation and Registration

What qualifications do you receive upon the successful completion of the program?
On successful completion students will receive one of the following qualifications:

  • Master of Clinical Psychology, or
  • Master of Clinical Psychology & Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Is the MCP accredited?
The course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fifth and sixth year of training, and is an approved qualification for Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Assocation (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), through APAC, recognises the course for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology. The MCP and MCP & PhD degrees are recognised by the New South Wales Department of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of clinical psychologist.

When do I need to be registered with the Psychology Board of Australia? Before my application to the course, during or after?
All students who have been offered a place on the MCP program must apply for provisional registration (or if applicable full registration) with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) following enrolment. The provisional registration is to cover students whilst enrolled in the two years of full time study in the MCP program and completing clinical placements. Once enrolled in the MCP program in early February prior to the start of Semester 1, students are advised to immediately apply for provisional registration. AHPRA will require proof of your enrolment with your application form. Following your enrolment in February, the Clinical Psychology Unit will send a letter to AHPRA confirming student enrolments.

When will I be eligible for full registration as a Psychologist?
Students will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia following the successful completion of all coursework, clinical internship and research requirements resulting in the award of the Master of Clinical Psychology degree.
Students enrolled in the MCP&PhD will be eligible for full registration with AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia following the completion of all coursework and placements of the MCP, and when research writing has progressed sufficiently to be equivalent in size and scope to the thesis requirements for the MCP.

When will I gain recognition as a Clinical Psychologist?
In order to gain endorsement from the Psychology Registration Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist, following the completion of the MCP or MCP&PhD program, graduates need to undertake a two-year full time equivalent Registrar program. The Clinical Psychology Registrar program is a two-year full time equivalent program which involves clinical psychology practice, supervision, and continuing professional development. Students are eligible to apply to the Registration Board of Australia, seeking approval to undertake the Registrar program upon successful completion of all coursework, clinical internship and research requirements for the MCP or MCP&PhD program.

After the completing the MCP will I be able to work as a clinical psychologist in a private practice?
The MCP program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year of training and an approved qualification for associate membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists. The Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) also recognizes the course for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology. The qualification is recognized in principle by the NSW Ministry of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of Clinical Psychologist.

Students will be eligible for full registration with AHPRA's Psychology Board of Australia following the award of the MCP degree. At this point students will be registered as psychologists.

Students are eligible to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia, seeking approval to undertake the Registrar program upon successful completion of all coursework, clinical placement and research requirements for the MCP or for MCP&PhD studentss, following the completion of all coursework and placements of the MCP, and when research writing has progressed sufficiently to be equivalent in size and scope to the thesis requirements for the MCP. The Clinical Psychology Registrar program is a on two-year full time equivalent program which involves clinical psychology practice, supervision, and continuing professional development. At this point students are registered psychologists with endorsement in clinical psychology.

MCP graduates who are registered Psychologists and those with the additional endorsement in Clinical Psychology can work in private practice settings. However, we do not recommend that students work in private practice settings immediately on completion of their degree. Clinical Psychologists work in a variety of settings and many new graduates enjoy the support received by working in settings with multidisciplinary teams at the start of their career.

Does the University of Sydney meet standards for Psychological Associations and Registration Boards in other countries?
With careful selection of clinical placements and additional clinical placements hours, MCP & PhD graduates can meet UK, US and Canadian standards. For international equivalency for accreditation and registration of the MCP and MCP & PhD, students are advised to contact the relevant accreditation and registration bodies in their own country for accurate advice. You may also wish to contact the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Australia Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).

What is APAC?
The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sets the standards for accreditation of Australasian psychology programs. APAC is a body that assesses and approves the minimum qualifications from recognised Schools of Psychology for the purposes of eligibility for registration as a psychologist in Australia and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society. APAC does not conduct assessments, however, you may wish to view their list of Australian accredited qualfications.
http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/accredited-courses/

What is APS?
The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for assessment of overseas academic qualifications in psychology. For a fee, the APS determines the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are equivalent to an Australian program of study that has been accredited by the Society. As it is also a requirement of the Psychology Board of Australia, that all applicants with non-Australian qualifications to have their qualification assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the APS assessment is required as all students must be provisionally or fully registered with the Psychology Board of Australia in order to commence clinical placements offered in the MCP. Therefore without the APS assessment and provisional registration, students will not be permitted to commence the MCP program.
http://www.psychology.org.au/membership/qualifications/

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council website lists the Master of Clinical Psychology program at the University of Sydney as "² This course has Accreditation with Conditions."
The MCP course has accreditation with conditions as a new course first introduced in 2015. The program has been been accredited with conditions until the first student is awarded the MCP degree, after this time full accreditation will apply.