Master Of Psychology – Clinical

Master Of Psychology – Clinical

The NUS Clinical Psychology Masters Degree is a two-year full-time coursework programme, which provides entry level training for graduates who seek a professional career in Clinical Psychology.

It is based on the scientist-practitioner approach and builds on theoretical knowledge and core competencies for clinical practice. It is taught through coursework, research and practical placement experience.

This programme has an annual intake in August.

* Please note that application for deferment of studies will not be entertained and the applicant will have to re-apply for the next intake during the appropriate application period.

All candidates must demonstrate readiness for full-time graduate study for a period of four semesters and meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. 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;
    and

  2. pass a placement test (interview and/or written test) set by the core programme staff; 
    and

  3. pass any preparatory modules as indicated by the core programme staff on a case-by-case basis;
    and

  4. 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
     

Online application form can be accessed at the following link only during the application period.

http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/prospective/grad/coursework/applicationandperiod.html

Course Structure
  1. Coursework
    Seven coursework modules will be offered as required for all students. Coursework will be conducted over two semesters, each lasting 13 weeks (August-December and January-May).

  2. Practical Training
    Students will be required to undertake three placements, with each placement lasting 6 months. The first placement usually takes place at the Clinical and Health Psychology Centre - an in-house training clinic at NUS. The remaining two placements will be undertaken externally with various hospitals, community agencies and private practices in Singapore.

    During placements, all students will be under the close supervision of qualified and experienced Clinical Psychologists. Students are evaluated mid-placement, and at the end of their placement by the supervising clinician.

  3. Research component 
    The research component includes a graduate research methods seminar, research proposal and research project. The student will work under the supervision of a member of the faculty. He/she will be guided and evaluated by the research supervisor on a continuing basis and the final assessment will be based on submission and oral presentation of a final report.
This programme has an annual intake in August.
 
Fees

Currently, the course tuition fees are $16,720 per semester or $33,440 per annum (inclusive of 7% GST) for Singapore citizens/permanent residents/foreigners.

* Please note that the course tuition fees will increase to $17,222 per semester or $34,444 per annum (inclusive of 7% GST) for Singapore citizens/permanent residents/foreigners from AY2016/2017 onwards. The fee increase will only apply to future intakes from August 2016 onwards.


Non-refundable course tuition fees for the first semester will be due upon acceptance of offer of admission to the programme. Please note that this will only apply to self-funded students who have been offered admission to the programme.

Successful applicants can apply for the competitive MOH Holdings (MOHH) Healthcare Graduate Studies Award and/or the Workforce Development Agency (WDA) Healthcare Scholarship and/or the Ngee Ann Kongsi Post-graduate Scholarships in Social Sciencesfor financial support.

Module Exemption

Module exemption will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants who have completed equivalent modules in Clinical Psychology elsewhere may be exempted for no more than 50% of their module requirements at NUS. The modules accepted as replacements must not have been accredited to another degree. Exemption will be allowed only for modules taken less than 5 years before the date of admission.

Examination

Students will be evaluated through written and oral examinations and supervised clinical practice. Students will be required to write up an independent research project.

Graduation Requirements

The minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) for fulfilment of the degree requirement is 3.0.

The grades of all 13 modules will be considered in assessing whether the student has met the degree requirement. Students must also have at least a B- for each module. A student's CAP must not fall below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters or 3.0 for three consecutive semesters. A student who fails to maintain the minimum CAP as stipulated will have her/his candidature terminated. For any semester in which the student's CAP falls below 3.0, she/he will be issued a warning. If, in the following semester, the student's CAP again falls below 3.0, but above 2.5, she/he will be placed on probation.

Students who receive a failing grade for any clinical placement will need to repeat a placement of a similar nature. Students who receive two failing grades for the same placement, or any two clinical placements, will be discontinued from the programme regardless of CAP.

Professional competence:  Case studies

For students on 4-month block placements:

Clinical psychology students are required to submit four written case studies based on a sample of cases seen across their four placements. Two cases will be due after the second placement and a further two cases will be due during the second semester of the second year in the training programme.

Performance on the case studies will not contribute to the assessment of any individual module, but interns need to successfully complete (i.e. receive a "PASS" grade)  at least three out of the four submitted case studies in order to meet professional competence requirements for completion and graduation from the program.

Students will be provided with only one opportunity to revise and re-submit any submitted case studies that received a "FAIL" grade. 

Students who do not receive a grade of "PASS" in at least 3 out of  4 case studies after resubmission will not meet professional competence standards for graduation and a case will be put  up to the university to terminate them from the clinical programme.


For students on 6-month block placements (which started since January 2016):

Only three clinical case studies will be required from students, one from each of the three 6-month block placements. Students will be required to submit one case study at the end of each of the placements.

Performance on the case studies will not contribute to the assessment of any individual module, but interns need to successfully complete (i.e. receive a "PASS" grade) at least two out of the three submitted case studies in order to meet professional competence requirements for completion and graduation from the programme.

This must include a pass in the final case study and they will not be given an opportunity to revise the third and final case study if they fail to pass in their first attempt. Students will be provided with only one opportunity each to revise and re-submit the first two case studies if they have received an initial "FAIL" grade.

Students who do not receive a grade of "PASS" in at least 2 out of 3 case studies (this must include the final case study) will not meet professional competence standards for graduation and a case will be put up to the university to terminate their candidature from the clinical programme.

Examination

Students will be evaluated through written and oral examinations and supervised clinical practice. Students will be required to write up an independent research project.

Department of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Block AS4, #02-07
9 Arts Link
Singapore 117570

Tel:
(65) 6516 3749 
(General Programme)

(65) 6516 6904 /
(65) 6601 1189 
(Clinical Programme)

Fax:
(65) 6773 1843

Email:
[email protected]
(Undergraduate Enquiries)

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(Clinical Programme Enquiries)

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(Graduate Research Enquiries)