Master of Psychology (Clinical)


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 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.

Our programme aims to:

  1. Meet the psychological welfare needs of the healthcare service, community ministries and private sector;
  2. Provide entry level training for graduates seeking a professional career in clinical psychology based on the scientist-practitioner model
  3. Strengthen clinical psychology as a professional discipline of psychology in Singapore and Asia; and
  4. Act as a hub for graduate level training and research for local clinical psychologists

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!

Why Pursue a Career in Clinical Psychology?

Clinical psychologists are psychologists with specialized training and knowledge in the assessment, diagnosis, biopsychosocial formulation and psychological treatment of a range of psychological difficulties and mental health conditions. They work in different settings, including hospitals, general medical practices, community health centres and other community or VWO services, private practice, universities and other settings. Clinical psychologists work with children, adolescents, adults and older adults. They are also involved in designing and implementing a wide range of prevention and mental health promotion programmes, and in clinical research, consultation and leadership. The contribution that a professionally trained clinical psychologist can make to the health and quality of life of a large number of individuals affected by mental health issues across the life span can be significant.

For more information on careers in clinical psychology, see:

Clinical Psychology in Singapore
With mounting international awareness of the impact of mental health on public health, clinical psychology is a growing field in Singapore. There has been a widespread demand for clinical psychology services in the last 10 to 15 years. The Ministry of Health – through its National Mental Health Blueprints - has prioritised the development of mental health manpower as a key focus area for Singapore in the last 10 years and into the future.

How do I know if Clinical Psychology is for me?
Clinical psychology can be both a demanding and rewarding field. Clinical psychologists need to have excellent communication skills and an empathic understanding of others. There may be times when the clinical psychologist would be required to work with individuals experiencing considerable distress and he/she will need to make complex, and sometimes difficult, decisions keeping the client’s and community’s best interests in mind. Maturity and the ability to respond well following constructive feedback, as well as good interpersonal skills and working well with others, are necessary attributes for potential clinical psychologists.

For more on whether clinical psychology is for you, see:

Duration and Course Structure
Curriculum Summary
Clinical Placements
Research Components
Graduation Requirements
Admission Requirements and Procedures