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).

Course handbook

The  2017 PhD (Clin) Handbook (PDF 472KB)  can be downloaded here. This handbook is also a guide for students intending to enrol in 2017.

To assist applicants in selecting a supervisor and research project a list of 2017 Potential PhD Clincial Psychology Projects (DOCX 63KB) can be found here.  Other staff are happy to discuss PhD projects with applicants. Other staff are happy to discuss projects and their 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

Applications for the 2018 intake will be available late September 2017

  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 (e.g., an upper 2A Honours result or equivalent, 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 of the School of Psychology.

Applicants for the MPsych (Clin) and 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 web site.


PhD (Clinical Psychology) begins with a session about research on Friday 24th February, 2017 at 1pm (this session is compulsory). The session will be held in the Social Sciences North Building Room 223. There will be an introduction to the course from 3pm - 4pm and then a welcome event to meet the school academics and continuing Masters/PhD students from 4pm-6pm.


Scholarship opportunity

This is a link to the applications for the 2017 NAHSSS Clinical Psychology Scholarship open date to be confirmed.