The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) is a four-year research degree consisting of a substantial and original piece of clinical psychology research, plus field placements and course work.
This course provides you with an opportunity to pursue doctoral-level research in a specialised area of clinical psychology.
Supervised field placements and relevant coursework enable you to be at the forefront of your chosen profession.
The course aims to produce highly qualified scientist practitioners in clinical psychology.
Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)
Duration: 4 years
SATAC code: N/A
Fees: Domestic higher degree by research students are normally provided a Research Training Program fee offset to undertake their degree.
Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) are eligible for registration as psychologists, and qualified to work in a range of mental health settings. They are also well-placed for careers in research, academic and policy settings.
The program meets the requirements for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Upon graduating you can become eligible for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the APS after completing post-degree supervision requirements as set out by the college. Completing approved post-degree supervision also allows you to practise as a clinical psychologist as set out by the Psychology Board of Australia.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) consists of 144 units. To qualify for the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology), you must complete a thesis relevant to clinical psychology, embodying the research work done while enrolled and containing a significant contribution to knowledge of the subject (96 units), and 13.5 units of supervised practicum and 34.5 units of coursework. Topics cover areas such as counselling and professional issues, clinical child psychology, cognitive behaviour therapy, and psychopathology and psychopharmacology.
Applicants must hold an approved honours degree or fourth-year equivalent qualification with honours class 1 or upper 2A in the field of psychology from a recognised tertiary institution.
Candidates will be chosen based on interview, clinically relevant skills and experience, referee reports, and the ability to pursue doctoral-level research.
Check application timelines in the guide.
Download the Clinical Psychology Research Projects document for an outline of potential projects and supervisors. You will need to discuss potential projects and have in-principle support from a supervisor before applying.
If you have a question about how to apply, please review our Frequently Asked Questions before submitting an enquiry.
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