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The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences offers one master programme: Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology*

 

Study Plan

 

*MSS Clinical Psychology programme is currently under revisions. Further details and information about the application procedures will be announced on the department website and Graduate School as soon as it is ready.

 

Introduction

The Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Social Sciences offers one master programme. The Master of Social Sciences in Clinical Psychology is a full-time, two-year, 60 credit-hour, master-level programme that trains students in the scientist-practitioner tradition. The programme consists of five semesters over the span of two years. Students are expected to carry a full load of approximately 15 credits, which includes clinical field placement (practicum) in community organizations, each semester during the academic year. Multiple-course sequences covering psychotherapy and assessment, as well as courses in ethics, research methods, problematic gambling, and health and wellness, provide foundational knowledge. Primary candidate targets are graduates of 4-year undergraduate degree programmes with a major or minor in psychology.

 

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology OR a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in another area and completion of university courses in: (1) Statistics, (2) Social Psychology, (3) Abnormal Psychology, (4) Developmental Psychology, (5) Personality Psychology, (6) Psychological Testing or Assessment, (7) Learning, Memory, and Cognition, AND (8) Biological Psychology.
  • GPA of 2.70 (80%) or higher for regular admissions.
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or its equivalent; or a CET Band 6 Certificate. These requirements do not apply to students who have graduated from the University of Macau or another university where English was the language of instruction.

Students currently completing their bachelor’s degree and expecting to graduate before start of the master’s programme are welcome to apply. Admission will be conditional until completion of the degree.

 

Criteria For Student Selection

  • Applicants will be selected by the Graduate Admission Committee chaired by the coordinator of the programme and according to the following criteria:

          1)   The applicant’s educational curriculum vitae and academic standing,
          2)  The applicant’s demonstrated English-language communication skills (oral and written),
          3)   The applicant’s professional and volunteer experiences relevant to clinical psychology.

  • Applicants are required to submit:

          1) academic transcripts,
          2) two letters of recommendation,
          3)  curriculum vitae,
          4)  TOEFL, IELTS, or CET scores as described above,
          5)  writing sample in American Psychological Association (APA) format based on a topic
               assigned by the programme (click here for further instructions),
          6)  personal statement that includes research and professional interests,
          7)  GRE (General) results, if available, are strongly encouraged.

Materials relevant to areas 5, 6, & 7 above should be combined in a pdf file and uploaded in the “Others” field in supporting documents section of the online application. Visit the Graduate School website (http://www.umac.mo/grs/) for more information about the online application and application deadlines. It is also highly recommended that applicants send a hardcopy of all of their application materials to the Department of Psychology.

  • Short-listed applicants are required to interview with programme faculty (only the strongest candidates will be invited to interview). Applicants should check this website periodically for information about the interview dates.

 

Language of Instruction

  • Classroom instruction is in English.
  • Proficiency in Cantonese is a distinct benefit in most practicum placements and is highly recommended.
  • A theses and oral defence are to be completed in English.

 

Course Duration

  • The normal period of study is two years, including summer.
  • Courses are primarily conducted in daytime and during weekdays.
  • Students are expected to complete clinical practicum training concurrently with coursework. A minimum of 1,000 hours of practicum training is required and may involve daytime, evening, and weekend hours. Coursework, practicum training, and research are integrated in the 2 full-year programme.

 

Number of Students

  • The programme seeks to enroll approximately 23 students per cohort. Additional qualified applicants will be placed on a waiting list.
  • Students are usually admitted to the programme in alternative years. Please refer to the Graduate School website at http://www.umac.mo/grs/ for admission deadlines and other admissions procedures.

 

Financial Support

A limited number of Studentships in Clinical Psychology are available. Applications for Studentships are made at the same time as application for admission. Additional information about Studentships can be found at http://www.umac.mo/grs/scholarships.html.  

Some Graduate assistantships are available within the Department of Psychology. Students who are admitted to the programme will receive more information about Graduate Assistantship opportunities.