Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

A postgraduate program

Fast facts

Course type: Research Higher Degree
Availability (full-time or part-time): Full-time | Part-time
Location: On campus


Course name: Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) 
Duration (full-time equivalent): 4 years
GradStart code: Not applicable
CRICOS code: 039996G


The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue doctoral level research in specialised areas of clinical psychology and to complete coursework topics and field placements to meet eligibility requirements for membership of both the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.

The overall aim is to produce scientist-practitioner clinical psychologists who are able to make a substantial contribution to knowledge in clinical psychology through completion of their PhD and to assume leadership roles in the professional, research and academic spheres of activity.

This program is not available to students who have completed a Masters degree in clinical psychology and are considering PhD studies. Such students must enrol in a PhD by research.

What will I study?

Refer to the course rule:

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed an Honours degree in Psychology at upper 2A level or better, including an empirical research thesis.

Relevant experience, for example professional experience as a psychologist or voluntary work or employment in an allied profession, may be taken into consideration. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.

Australian and international applicants must use a special application form that can be downloaded from the School of Psychology web site.

The closing date for applications is October 31 of the year prior to entry. Applications will be ranked after the closing deadlines and no late submissions will be accepted.

International students: Entry and English language requirements


Domestic students
Mid year entry: No
Applications: School of Psychology
Application closing dates:

Contact the School of Psychology

International students
Mid year entry: No
Applications: School of Psychology
Application closing dates: Contact the School of Psychology

Annual fees

CourseDomestic studentsInternational students
Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Refer to Research Higher Degrees 2016 - $29,500
2017 - $30,600

We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.

Faculty contact 

School of Psychology. Tel: 8201 3736