PhD in Clinical Psychology

PhD in Clinical Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology is a four-year full-time (eight-year part-time) program of coursework, clinical placements and a research thesis equivalent to a PhD by research thesis in size and scope.

This degree is designed for students who have a particular interest in the academic and research aspects of clinical psychology. Graduates of this program have the same benefits of the clinical training provided to Clinical Masters students, but with the intensive research training provided by completing a research PhD in the field of clinical psychology. Therefore, clinical work, academic teaching and research opportunities are open to graduates of the clinical PhD.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) degrees fulfil the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for general registration as a psychologist and for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).  

Note: students enrolled in the PhD (Clinical Psychology) will not be eligible to apply for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia until they have completed all of their coursework and field placement requirements, equivalent to the Master of Clinical Psychology degree, and have completed sufficient research that is deemed by the Head of School to be the equivalent of a MClinPsych thesis (which typically entails preparing at least one manuscript of the first study to be submitted for publication).