Course rules and topic information

The University Course information page contains course aims, topic information, course rules, and admission requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Clinical Psychology).

Further information regarding the application process is also available here.

Course handbook

The 2018 PhD (Clinical) Handbook can be downloaded here ( 2018 PhD (Clinical) Handbook (DOC 195KB) ). This handbook is also a guide for students intending to enrol in 2019.

To assist applicants in selecting a supervisor and research project a list for 2018 PhD (Clinical) Potential Research Projects is available here ( 2018 Clinical PhD Research Projects (DOCX 45KB) ).  Other staff are happy to discuss PhD projects with applicants, see here for a list of staff research interests. More information can be obtained from the pages of individual staff members.

Information regarding placement policies (PDF 103KB) is also provided.


How to apply

Online applications for the 2018 intake are now closed.

Note that applicants should apply for either the PhD (Clinical Psychology) or Masters of Clinical Psychology.


Application process

  • November: Applications are assessed and potential applicants are short-listed for interview.
  • Late November: Short-listed applicants are interviewed.
  • Early December: First round offers are made.  Occasionally a second round of offers is made in December or January.

Entry into the program is extremely competitive. Applicants typically need a strong academic record (preferably 1st Class Honours/85%, or higher), and experience relevant to clinical psychology to be short-listed for interview.  Applicants need to obtain from a staff member approval, in principle, to be nominated as supervisor (this must be indicated on the application). The application will also be reviewed by the Postgraduate Selection Committee.

Applicants for the PhD (Clin Psych) who are graduates with psychology degrees from non-Australian universities must have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society for equivalence to an Australian programme of study prior to submitting their application. Information about the process for obtaining this assessment can be found on the APS website.

For International Applicants, please submit evidence of English language ability with your application. Download the English Language Skills Standard for more information.

PhD (Clinical Psychology) begins with a session about research and course information on 23rd February, 2018 at 1pm in Social Sciences North Builidng, Room 223 (this session is complulsory).


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