The Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree in NUS Department of Psychology is a two-year 24-month full-time coursework programme based in Singapore. It provides entry level training for graduates who seek a professional career in Clinical Psychology.
This programme is based on the scientist-practitioner approach, builds on up to date theoretical and empirical knowledge, and aims to provide opportunities to develop core competencies necessary for clinical practice. It is taught through coursework, research, and practical placement components.
The programme has an annual intake in August of every year.
Completion of the programme requirements will be recognized with a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree.
More than 100 interns have graduated from our Master in Psychology (Clinical) programme and are qualified, practicing clinical psychologists since we started in August 2008!
Our programme aims to:
- Meet the psychological welfare needs of the healthcare service, community ministries and private sector;
- Provide entry level training for graduates seeking a professional career in clinical psychology based on the scientist-practitioner model
- Strengthen clinical psychology as a professional discipline of psychology in Singapore and Asia; and
- Act as a hub for graduate level training and research for local clinical psychologists
The normative (and minimum) period of study is two years on a full time basis and the maximum period of candidature is four years.
- Coursework Component
Seven coursework modules will be required for all students. Coursework will be conducted over two semesters, each lasting 13 weeks (August-December and January-April). For more information about these modules, please see http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/psy/current/grad_clinical/modules.html.
- Practical Component (Clinical Placements)
Students will be required to undertake three placements under the supervision of qualified clinical psychologists, with each placement lasting 6 months (January-June and July-December).
- Research Component
The research component of the programme entails a graduate research methods module (PLC5008), a research proposal (PLC5009) submitted towards the end of the first year, and the research thesis (PLC5010) submitted towards the end of the second year. Students will work on their research project under the supervision of a member of the NUS psychology faculty. All three components are examinable and students are expected to successfully complete them.
Essential requirements. All candidates must demonstrate readiness for full-time graduate study for a period of two years full-time (4 semesters) and must meet the following minimum requirements:
- hold a good Honours degree (second class and above) or equivalent (e.g. a four-year Bachelor’s degree with at least an average grade of B or equivalent) in psychology or a closely related discipline from a recognized university; or in exceptional circumstances, such other qualifications and experience that meet with the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies; please note we do not accept applications from students who are in the final year of their undergraduate studies and have not yet graduated, therefore please apply only after you have completed your degree. Please also note we rarely accept applicants with a second lower degree, unless good evidence of efforts to compensate for this have been provided (i.e. an applicant with a 2:2 Honours who then pursued and successfully completed a Masters course or who has subsequently published in peer-reviewed journals or other such evidence on a case-by-case basis;
- successfully complete, if shortlisted, a comprehensive interview, a practical component and/ or written exercise set by the core programme staff;
- pass any preparatory modules as indicated by the core programme staff on a case-by-case basis;
- provide evidence of meeting NUS language requirements (see below) if English is not a candidate’s first language, and the tests must have been taken not earlier than two years before the proposed date of admission:
IELTS score of 6.0; or
85 for the internet-based TOEFL (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or
580 for the paper-based TOEFL; or
237 for the computer-based TOEFL