PhD (Clinical Psychology)

How to apply

This is a three-step application process you must complete in order to be considered as a suitable candidate for the programme.

Step 1

Follow the formal application process for all Higher Degrees by Research at the University of Newcastle. This process is clearly outlined on the GR website

In order to be admitted into the program you need to follow the formal application process for all Higher Degrees by Research at the University of Newcastle. The process is clearly outlined on the Graduate Research website. This process includes identifying a suitable supervisor in the School of Psychology AND gain the agreement of said supervisor to supervise you. This arrangement needs to be negotiated prior to submitting an application.

Step 2

Submit a PhD (Clinical Psychology) Admissions portfolio to Graduate research using this application form.

In addition, you will need to satisfy the School of Psychological Sciences of your suitability for the professional practice of Clinical Psychology. When evaluating suitability, the School will take into account previous relevant experience, reports of referees, units of study previously completed, and the outcome of a selection interview. Selection criteria will also be based on applicants demonstrating a clear understanding of Clinical Psychology and the areas in which a Clinical Psychologist might work. Desirable criteria include research experience additional to Honours and involvement with professional organisations (e.g., Australian Psychological Society). In order to demonstrate your suitability, you need to submit your PhD (Clinical Psychology) Admission portfolio to Graduate Research using the online application form. This admission portfolio will also need to be supported by two referee reports. Once considered by the School of Psychological Sciences, and if your portfolio is deemed satisfactory, you will be invited to an interview.

Step 3

The interview

The interview will be held either in person or via zoom at the School of Psychological Sciences typically in July and November each year. The panel usually consist of 2-3 University of Newcastle and external clinical psychologists.

In order for your application to be considered, please contact the Psychological Sciences administration team for information on application cut-off dates.

Phone: +61 2 492 15000

You will be offered admission to the program if you meet the expectations and requirements from both Graduate Research and the School of Psychological Sciences.

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