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 Masters degrees at NUS are two-year full-time coursework programmes, which provide entry level training for graduates who seek a professional career in Clinical Psychology.

These programmes are based on the scientist-practitioner approach and build on theoretical knowledge and core competencies for clinical practice. They are taught through coursework, research, and practical placement experience.

The Psychology Department offers two graduate (coursework based) degree programmes which provide an entry level professional training in clinical psychology: the NUS Programme and the Joint Programme with the University of Melbourne and NUS.

Completion of the programme requirements for each programme will be recognized with a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) degree. Answers to frequently asked questions about Clinical Psychology and our degree programmes are available here.


Programme Information

NUS Programme

NUS-UM 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.

Admission Requirements

This programme has an annual intake in January and the last intake was in January 2016. There will be no more intakes thereafter.

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

  1. Hold a good Honours Degree (Distinction/Upper Second Class and above) or higher degree (e.g. Masters or Ph.D. degree) in psychology or a closely related discipline from a recognised 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 UM and NUS language requirements (see below) if English is not a candidate’s first language, and English language proficiency Tests (see below) must have been taken not earlier than two years before the proposed date of admission;

  5. UM Language requirements
    IELTS score of 7.0 (no band less than 7); or
    TOEFL score of 577 + TWE 4.5; or
    TOEFL computer 233 + essay rating 4.5; or
    TOEFL internet of 90 + written 21

    NUS Language requirements
    IELTS core of 6.0; or
    580 for the paper-based TOEFL; or
    237 for the computer-based TOEFL; or
    85 for the internet-based TOEFL (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section)

  6. Have completed an APAC accredited four-year undergraduate sequence in psychology, namely a three-year major in psychology as part of an undergraduate degree plus a fourth year Honours specialisation in psychology, with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) or equivalent in the last 10 years.

  7. Non-Australian qualifications are required to have an APS comparability assessment (approximately AUD$700) which must be completed in advance of qualification being submitted. Note this can take up to three months.

  8. Be eligible for registration as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

  9. Clinical Placement Compliance requirements
  10. Applicants who are admitted into the programme must complete a number of statutory requirements before commencing the programme.
    To be compliant with the University and in the placements, it is a requirement that students complete the following forms and are also aware of:

All paperwork must be completed by successful applicants in order to commence the programme of study. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being excluded from all components of the programme (coursework and practical placement components).

Programme Overview

The Joint Clinical Psychology Masters Degree Programme between the University of Melbourne and NUS (NUS-UM Programme) 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.

Students take courses and start the first clinical placement at the University of Melbourne during their first year of study and return to NUS in their second year to complete the remaining modules and two clinical placements.

The Joint Programme will run in partnership with UM. Teaching and vacation periods will be consistent with UM academic calendar which commences in March and terminates in December. As such, students will be admitted in Semester 2 of the NUS teaching calendar, which is Semester 1 of the UM teaching calendar. To accommodate clinical placements, some modifications to examination and vacation periods may be made.

The Joint Degree Programme with UM received full accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in November 2011 and it was re-accredited in July 2016.

This programme has an annual intake in January and the last intake was in January 2016. There will be no more intakes thereafter.

*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.
**Individuals holding an Australian citizenship or permanent resident status are not eligible to apply to the joint programme.

Duration

The normative period of study is two years and three months (slightly over 4 semesters) and the maximum period of candidature is four years.

Course Structure

During the first year, students will complete six core modules and one clinical placement in UM. In the second year, students will complete the remaining three modules, thesis and two clinical placements (see below) in Singapore.

Practical Training
Students will be required to undertake three placements. The first placement will take place at the Psychology Clinic at the University of Melbourne in Australia lasting for about 4 months. The remaining two placements, each lasting for 6 months, 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.

Curriculum Summary

YEAR 1 MODULES - COMPLETED IN MELBOURNE

NUS MODULE UM EQUIVALENT
NUS Module Title Semester NUS Module Credit* UM Courses covered UM Points* Semester
Research Proposal 2 8 Research Proposal 25 2
Graduate Research Methods 1 2 Graduate Research Methods 6.25 1
Psychological Assessment 1 4 Neuropsychological Assessment across the Life Span 6.25 1
Advanced Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis 6.25 2
Adult Psychopathology 1 4 Introduction to Psychopathology 6.25 1
Biological Psychology and Pharmacotherapy 6.25 2
Psychological Intervention and Therapy 1 4 Basic Interventions 6.25 1
Cognitive Behavior Therapy 6.25 2
Child Psychopathology 1 4 Child Psychopathology 6.25 2
Advanced Psychopathology 6.25 2
Clincal Placement 1 2 6 Clinical Placement 12.5 2

YEAR 2 MODULES - COMPLETED IN SINGAPORE

NUS MODULE UM EQUIVALENT
NUS Module Title Semester NUS Module Credit* UM Courses covered UM Points* Semester
Health Across the Lifespan 2 4 Psychology of Health Problems 6.25 1
Mental Health Issues in Later Life and Intellectual Disabilities 6.25 1
Advanced Psychological Practice 1 4 Advanced Psychological Practice 6.25 2
Ethics and Professional Issues 2 4 Psychosocial Perspectives on Disorders 6.25 1
Ethics and Professional Issues 6.25 1
Clinical Placement 2 2 6 Clinical Placement 2 37.5 2
Clinical Placement 3 1 6
Research Project 1 12 Thesis 37.5 3*
Year 1 + 2 Total 68 200

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

*1 NUS Module Credit is worth 3.125 UM Module Points

Module Exemption and Examination

Module description for the University of Melbourne modules can be found here.

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

Students must take and pass all 13 modules, but may read more than the minimum number of modular credits. The grades of all 13 modules will be considered in assessing whether the student has met the degree requirement.

Students will be considered to have successfully completed the Master of Psychology (Clinical) programme on the achievement of a grade of 70% or higher for all Modules taken at UM and an average grade of B- or a Cumulative Average Point of 3.0 for all Modules taken at NUS comprising the degree. Students must also have at least a B- for each module.

For NUS modules, 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

Students pay fees to the University they are attending (UM fees in their first year; NUS fees in their second year). Information on UM fees can be found at this link.

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. 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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