Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

Deakin University

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

Interrelated streams 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.You will have opportunities to develop clinical skills in our unique clinics imbedded in public mental health and through placements in an array of community agencies.You will undertake a program of independent supervised research that makes a significant and original contribution to the knowledge and practice of clinical psychology.

Designed for

Graduates of four-year sequence in Psychology

Structure

24 credit points covering three strands: theory, research and practice.

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. Selection is competitive, meeting these minimum requirements or their equivalents does not guarantee selection into this course. All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please refer to this course entry on the Deakin University website to read about ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

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

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Melbourne Burwood International: $135,440 No
  • Full-time : 4 years

Further information

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

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