The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree that requires a minimum of three years of full-time study (or the equivalent part-time study). The College of Education, Psychology and Social Work considers PhD students to be of tremendous value and importance to the research ethos of the college. The College of Education, Psychology and Social Work provides an excellent environment for students who wish to enrol in a PhD due to the college's productive research tradition. The college is able to cater for postgraduate students in most of the major areas of psychology, with particular strengths in applied cognitive, clinical-health, developmental and social psychology.  The list of links listed below provide students with information that will be helpful if considering the possibility of enrolling in a PhD. In order to provide the highest quality research supervision, it is expected that graduate students will undertake research in areas of current staff expertise and interest.

Why undertake a PhD in Psychology at Flinders?

  • Supervision is provided by staff recognised nationally and internationally in their area of expertise.  Our staff consistently attract significant funding in recognition of their research standing.
  • The college and University provide excellent practical and financial resources for PhD students to support them throughout their degree including computers, access to laboratories, scholarships and conference support to name a few.
  • We produce graduates of outstanding quality.  Not only is this evidenced by high quality publications and awards that arise from their PhD research, our graduates are highly sought after by employers.  A number of them have gone on to prestigious lectureships and postdoctoral fellowships.
  • Adelaide Lifestyle.  For a student, Adelaide is an affordable city in which to study.

See the following links for further information regarding the PhD program at Flinders:

Entry requirements


Student responsibilities

Nature and duration of studies

Enquiries and application procedures for PhD and PhD (Clinical)

The College of EPSW will offer awards to support research costs incurred by PhD students during their candidature. The PhD Research Awards aim to improve the quality and impact of research outputs produced during the PhD and increase the likelihood of successful and timely completions. The application form can be accessed here  EPSW - PHD Research Awards 2018

General information about research in the discipline of psychology.