Clinical Psychology

University of Victoria

M.Sc. On Campus
24 months
6499 CAD/year
5182 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Clinical Psychology program of University of Victoria, British Columbia is based on the scientist-practitioner model, providing a balanced emphasis on science and practice.


The Clinical Psychology program of University of Victoria, British Columbia fosters the development of informed and ethical clinical practice by providing opportunities to gain competency in a variety of assessment and therapeutic approaches, theoretical perspectives, and research methods. Students’ understanding and skills in these areas are further deepened through specialized practicum opportunities.

In addition to our core program, students also gain specialized training through either our neuropsychology or lifespan tracks. These two tracks are a unique strength of our clinical psychology program that allows students to customize their training to their specific career goals. Although the tracks are distinct, opportunities exist to engage with material outside one’s track (through courses, workshops, and research collaborations) if it serves a student’s individualized goals.

Clinical Lifespan Specialization

The Clinical Lifespan track emphasizes the social, cognitive, and emotional development of individuals from childhood through late adulthood. Clinical psychology students in the Lifespan track received specialized training in the conceptualization of multiple and intersecting influences on mental health, including normative and pathological developmental pathways and age-specific risk and protective factors. Students in this track develop expertise in using this knowledge to inform developmentally sensitive assessment and intervention techniques and recommendations that outline trajectories of potential risks yet also point to specific developmental opportunities for positive growth. Current clinically-related research topics include (a) the influence of childhood trauma on later adjustment, health, and coping; (b) cultural identity formation in adolescence; (c) couples’ relationship functioning at the transition to parenthood; (d) addiction and substance misuse; (e) separation, divorce, remarriage; (f) acculturation dynamics and parent-child relationships within immigrant families, (h) cognitive and affective changes in later life; and (i) challenges of care giving across the lifespan.

Clinical Neuropsychology Specialization

The Clinical Neuropsychology track focuses on brain organization and the impact of brain dysfunction on various aspects of cognitive, behavioural, and emotional functioning. Clinical Neuropsychology students are provided with advanced training in the clinical neuropsychological assessment, management, and rehabilitation of cognitive, memory, sensorimotor, attention, executive, social, emotional functioning for clients with neurological and/or neuropsychiatric disorders. We adhere to the Houston Conference Guidelines for clinical training in Neuropsychology, such that our students qualify for accredited internships and post-docs in Clinical Neuropsychology if they wish to pursue further certification with the American boards in Neuropsychology later in their careers. Clinical Neuropsychologists are noted for their ability to integrate medical, psychiatric, and occupational aspects of rehabilitation into effective and focused treatment planning. Current clinically-related research topics in the department include (a) dementia; (b) stroke; (c) sports-related concussions; (d) traumatic brain injury; (e) cognitive rehabilitation; (f) effects of alcohol and other substances on brain development and functioning, including FASD; (g) assessment of cognitive competency for everyday functioning and decision-making; (h) cognitive and affective changes in later life and their neuropsychological underpinnings; and (i) the impact of neurologic disorders on affected individuals, spouses and other family members.

Career paths

The program prepares graduate students for clinical practice, academic, and/or research careers. The program's goal is to train scientist-practitioner psychologists who contribute to the scientific knowledge base in clinical psychology and who offer evidence-based services to individuals, families, and groups. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology Clinic Practice
  • Psychometric Methods
  • Behavioural Neuroanatomy
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • History and Theories in Lifespan Psychology
  • Infancy and Childhood

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online application form
  • Names and email addresses of two academic or professional references familiar with your work
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • A letter of intent
  • Background, interests, research and volunteer experience
  • Competitiveness of transcripts
  • GRE scores (the verbal, quantitative & analytic sections of the General test are required; Psychology GRE score may also be submitted but is not mandatory)
  • A personal statement of field of interest
  • A personal interview
  • English language proficiency (international students)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6499 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6499 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5182 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5182 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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Clinical Psychology
University of Victoria


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