Degree Transfers and Credit

Can I transfer my clinical masters to the University of Sydney?
It is possible to apply for transfer to the MCP or MCP/PhD if you are currently enrolled in a clinical postgraduate coursework degree at another University. However an entire coursework degree from another University cannot be transferred to the University of Sydney. There is some allowance for credit to be received for previously completed work.

Will I receive credit for my previous postgraduate clinical psychology studies?
Credit from other postgraduate clinical psychology training is granted only to applicants who are successful in the application process, who are offered a place in the MCP or MCP/PhD and are currently enrolled in clinical graduate study at another University. The University of Sydney Resolutions allow that credit may be received for no more than 48 credit points (equivalent to less than one year of the course) towards the requirements of the MCP or MCP/PhD. The completed graduate study must have been undertaken within the previous three years and must be considered by the Dean to be equivalent to the units of study prescribed for the MCP or MCP/PhD. Requests for credit are only considered once the student is successful in obtaining a place in the course. The student must apply for the MCP or MCP/PhD, and if successful and offered a place in the course, the student must submit a letter of request for credit to the Director of Clinical Training. The letter must outline in detail the units of study previously completed, and course descriptions provided from the University in question, in order to determine whether they are equivalent to MCP units of study. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis.

Will I receive credit towards the MCP if I have already completed a clinical psychology masters degree?
No. If you have completed and are awarded a masters at another university, you will not be able to receive credit towards the MCP or MCP/PhD, as it is not possible to count your completed studies towards two degrees. If successful in gaining a place in the program and you enrol in the MCP or MCP/PhD you will be required to complete a new research project and thesis.

I am currently enrolled in a PhD, can I transfer to the MCP/PhD?
It may be possible, in special circumstances, for a clinically-relevant project to be transferred into the MCP/PhD provided that the thesis has not already been submitted for another degree. Applicants will be required to complete and be successful in the application process for the MCP/PhD. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis.

I am currently enrolled in a PhD, what is required to transfer to the MCP/PhD?
If currently enrolled in a PhD and accepted into the MCP/PhD double degree, you will be required to discontinue your PhD enrolment (RPPHDSCI-01) in order to enrol full time in the PhD (RPPHDSCI-03) component of the MCP/PhD (MACLPPHD-01). Once successful in obtaining a place in the MCP/PhD, you will need to contact the PG Coordinator and submit a request in Sydney Student to process your PhD discontinuation.

Research requirements
Course structure

Can I get credit for my previous/currently enrolled degrees?
If you have taken out either a Masters, Clinical Doctorate, or PhD degree from another University, you will not be able to receive credit for any of these degrees towards the MCP or MCP/PhD as it is not possible to count your completed studies towards two degrees.
However, if you are currently enrolled in clinical graduate study at another University, are successful in the application process and offered a place in the MCP or MCP/PhD, the University of Sydney Resolutions allow that credit may be received for no more than 48 credit points (equivalent to less than one year of the course) towards the requirements of the MCP or MCP/PhD. The completed graduate study must have been undertaken within the previous three years and must be considered by the Dean to be equivalent to the units of study prescribed for the MCP or MCP&PhD.

Can I get credit for my PhD?
If, at the time of application, a student is enrolled in a PhD research degree, they may in special circumstances, transfer a clinically-relevant project into the MCP/PhD provided that the thesis has not already been submitted for another degree. Applicants will be required to complete and be successful in the application process for the MCP/PhD. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis.
If however, you have completed and been awarded the PhD, you will not be able to receive credit for this degree towards the MCP/PhD as it is not possible to count your completed studies towards two degrees. The completion of the PhD though will be taken into account when assessing your application, for the purposes of selection and proceeding to interview, making your application more competitive.

How do I obtain credit?
Requests for credit are only considered once the student is successful in obtaining a place on the course. The students must apply for the MCP or MCP/PhD, and if successful and offered a place, the student must submit a letter of request for credit to the Director of Clinical Training. The letter must outline in detail the units of study previously completed, and course descriptions provided from the University in question, in order to determine whether they are equivalent to MCP units of study. Such cases will be considered on an individual basis.

How much credit will I receive?
Requests for credit are only considered once the student is successful in obtaining a place in the course. Credit may be received for no more than 48 credit points (equivalent to less than one year of the course) towards the requirements of the MCP or MCP/PhD. View the Faculty of Science Postgraduate handbook to compare units of study offered by the University of Sydney with the courses offered by your University. Any application for credit for clinical placements would need to meet criteria for a clinical placement under the supervision of a clinical psychologist in a clinical setting from an accredited clinical psychology course at a University. Typically we ask that students complete at least one internal clinical placement in our training clinic prior to starting external clinical placements (even if they have completed internal clinical placements at another university).

Credit for previous study here

Do you offer a Doctoral level qualification?
The University of Sydney no longer offers the Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science and Doctor of Clinical Psychology & Doctor of Philosophy double degrees as of 2015.
For applicants who would like to gain a doctoral qualification in Clinical Psychology, the double degree of Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD) is offered. The MCP/PhD is only awarded upon completion of both the requirements of the MCP coursework units of study as well as the completion of the PhD research thesis. Applicants who apply for the MCP only are not eligible to apply for an upgrade to MCP/PhD once enrolled in the course. Student may choose to apply for a PhD separately after the completion of the MCP degree.

Do you offer a top up degree?
The University of Sydney does not offer any sort of top up degree.
The Clinical Psychology Unit in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney offers two postgraduate clinical training programs, the Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and the Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD) double degrees. The MCP involves two years of full-time study and the MCP/PhD involves 4.5 years of full-time study. Both programs include three components; academic course work, supervised clinical placements and research, and is based on a Scientist-Practitioner model, with a cognitive-behavioural approach. The Doctor of Clinical Psychology/Master of Science (DCP/MSc) and Doctor of Clinical Psychology & Doctor of Philosophy (DCP&PhD) double degrees are no longer offered at the University of Sydney as of 2015, being replaced by the MCP and MCP&PhD.

Can I enrol directly in the MCP & PhD?
Applicants wishing to undertake a PhD with their clinical studies must apply directly for the MCP/PhD double degree program.
The Clinical Psychology Unit in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney offers two postgraduate clinical training programs, the Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP) and the double degree of Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD).
The MCP is a two year coursework degree where the research component is considered a part of the coursework units of study. MCP students are unable to upgrade to the MCP/PhD as the MCP/PhD is only available to those who have directly applied.
Students in the MCP/PhD double degree enrol in the coursework units in the first year, then concurrently enrol in coursework units part time as well as full time PhD from the second year onwards. At the time of application, all MCP/PhD applicants must submit a research proposal and have arranged a research supervisor.

What is expected from the research component of each of the two degrees?
The research project for the MCP is considered part of the coursework and is to be a minimum of 5,000 words including a literature review and research article suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed international scientific journal.

The requirements of the PhD are as prescribed in the Resolutions of the Senate. Please refer to the University of Sydney (Higher Degree by Research) Rule 2011, Doctor of Philosophy degree resolutions and the Faculty of Science Postgraduate Handbook.