Graduate (Clinical) Information

With mounting international awareness of the impact of mental disorder on public health, clinical psychology is a growing field in Singapore. Currently, there is a widespread demand for clinical psychology services.

The Ministry of Health - National Mental Health Blueprint - has prioritised the development of mental health manpower as a key focus area for Singapore for 2007 to 2011.

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

This programme 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.

The Psychology Department offers a Graduate Coursework Programme which provides an entry level professional training in Clinical Psychology.

Completion of the programme requirements will be recognized with a Master of Psychology (Clinical) degree. Answers to frequently asked questions about Clinical Psychology and the Graduate Coursework Programme are available here.


Programme Information

NUS Programme

Duration

The normative or minimum period of study is two years (4 semesters) and the maximum period of candidature is four years.

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.

Programme Overview

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.

Admission Requirements

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;
  2. pass a placement test (interview and/or written test) set by the core programme staff;
  3. pass any preparatory modules as indicated by the core programme staff on a case-by-case basis;
  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/coursework/application-info.html

Duration

The normative or minimum period of study is two years (4 semesters) and the maximum period of candidature is four years.

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.

Diagnostic English Test

All successful applicants are required to take the Diagnostic English Test. Students will be placed on a graduate English module or be exempted from the module, depending on their performance in the proficiency test. A Masters student is required to achieve an intermediate level of proficiency (at least grade C) in the English modules.

Curriculum Summary

Module Title Module Code Year Semester Module Credit Programme Components
Graduate Research Methods PLC5008 1 1 2 Research
Psychological Assessment PLC5001 1 1 4 Coursework
Adult Psychopathology PLC5002 1 1 4 Coursework
Health Across the Lifespan PLC5003 1 2 4 Coursework
Psychological Intervention and Therapy PLC5004 1 1 4 Coursework
Child Psychopathology PLC5005 1 1 4 Coursework
Research Proposal PLC5009 1 2 8 Research
Clinical Placement 1 PLC5011A 1 2 6 Practical
Ethics and Professional Issues PLC5006 1 2 4 Coursework
Advanced Psychological Practice PLC5007 2 1 4 Coursework
Clinical Placement 2 PLC5012B 2 1 6 Practical
Clinical Placement 3 PLC5013C 2 2 6 Practical
Research Project PLC5010 2 2 12 Research
Modules Type of Training Module Credit
7 Coursework: Scientific Foundation of Clinical Psychology (41.2%) 28
3 Practical: Practice Skills for Clinical Competence (26.5%) 18
3 Research: Research Skills and Evidence-Based Practice (32.3%) 22
  Total 68

Module Exemption and Examination

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

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 a case study at the end of each placement and they will be given only one opportunity each to revise and resubmit the first two case studies respectively if they received an initial "FAIL" grade.

Performance on the case studies will not contribute to the assessment of any individual module, but students need to successfully complete (i.e. PASS) at least 2 out of 3 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 unless the student is extending the 3rd placement, he/she will be given a chance to resubmit a new case study if the first attempt is unsuccessful. This provision will only apply to students extending the 3rd placement.

Students who do not pass 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.

Fees

For intakes prior to August 2018, the course tuition fees are S$17,222 per semester or S$34,444 per annum (inclusive of 7% GST) for Singapore citizens/permanent residents/international students.

* Please note that the course tuition fees will increase to S$17,740 per semester or S$35,480 per annum (inclusive of 7% GST) for Singapore citizens/permanent residents/international students from AY2018/2019 onwards. The fee increase applies to intakes from August 2018 onwards.

All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their $500 SkillsFuture Credit from the government to pay for a wide range of approved skills-related courses. Visit the SkillsFuture Credit website to choose from the courses available on the SkillsFuture Credit course directory.

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 Ngee Ann Kongsi Post-graduate Scholarships in Social Sciences for financial support.


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