Doctor of Psychology - Clinical

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

Interrelated steams of theory, research and practice provide the skills needed to become a registered psychologist. Our award winning teaching strategies and learning resources, include simulation and competency-based assessment approaches. The course is based on the scientist/practitioner model that rests firmly on a foundation of established knowledge and current evidence-based research. Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) covers clinical psychology across the lifespan and also includes a focus on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families.

Designed for

Graduates of four-year sequence in Psychology

Structure

To complete the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) students must attain 24 credit points covering three strands: theory, research and practice. This is a full time course, designed for completion within 3.5 years. It is comprised of three inter-related strands of theory, research, and practice. The coursework units are in the first and second trimesters, with placement and thesis components undertaken throughout the entire year (Trimesters 1, 2 and 3). In the later part of the third year and into the fourth year, students will focus on completion of their thesis. Some students will be ready to submit their thesis early.

Subjects

  • For information on major subjects please contact Health enquiries at health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

Standard entry requirements

The pre-requisites for admission to the course are the completion of a four year major sequence of study in psychology that is APAC accredited and meets the requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist in Australia. The fourth year may be an honours year or a Graduate Diploma. Entry is extremely competitive, based on academic results, relevant work experience, referees' reports, personal statements and performance at interview before a panel of School selection staff. Applicants are required to have achieved a minimum honours grade of H2A in their fourth year of study, but ideally a H1 first class honours grade, or equivalent. Applicants must ask two referees to provide us with reports. Admission to research degree candidature is normally granted on the basis of a bachelors degree with Honours or a Bachelors degree followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.

Recognition

This course has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) in accordance with the Accreditation Standards for Psychology Program (APAC, 2010). These standards are designed for accreditation of programs such as this for pathway to practice as a registered psychologist. As such, this course is approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for the purposes of approving it under the National Law. On completion of this course graduates may apply to the PsyBA for registration as a psychologist. To obtain endorsement in the Clinical area of specialisation graduates are required to complete one year of approved supervised practice and fulfil professional development requirements.

Study pathways

As a HDR program, it is not typical for students to seek for transfer to an alternative course. In the unusual circumstances where students are not meeting the competencies for the coursework and practice aspects of the program, they may seek to or be encouraged to transfer to a research only program (including to a PhD). In these cases they must can apply in the usual manner for entry into the PhD course, competing with newly applying HDR students. They must also successfully undertake a Doctoral level thesis confirmation.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Burwood International: $131,072 No information available No
  • Full-time : 4 years

Further information

For other information please contact Health enquiries at health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

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