Postgraduate

Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology

This program involves concurrently completing the Master of Clinical Psychology and a PhD research program, providing graduates with a distinctive combination of clinical skills and research knowledge.

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Western Australia 6009

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1800 653 050

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Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

Psychologists work on a broad range of issues with clients, including children, adults, couples, families and organisations.
Psychologists work on a broad range of issues with clients, including children, adults, couples, families and organisations.
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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

Research Training Program

Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are exempt from paying a contribution toward the cost of their research courses if UWA provides them with a Research Training Program place. This exemption applies for up to four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research. The RTP is a performance-based funding scheme administered by the Federal Department of Education and Training.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
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Higher degree by research – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2020
$152,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2021
$163,200.00

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Important note for overseas and interstate students

To enrol in this course, you must be able to attend in person. This course has a requirement for campus-based or in-person activities that cannot be offered online. 
Admission requirement

Referee reports

Applicants must ask two academic referees to provide reports using the National Online Referee System. Ensure you give your referees enough notice to meet the deadline. This system is the same across all Australian universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active subscription. The subscription allows you to access the service during the intake period. The cost is $25 and can be paid for through the 'My account' section in the payment tab of the National Online Referee System.

Applicants must also provide the following information with their application:
Brief personal statement outlining the reasons for applying for the program (maximum of one page).
Curriculum vitae summarising any occupational or practical experience of relevance to the program.
Names and contact details (telephone numbers and email addresses) of the two nominated academic referees that will be completing the referee report.

 
Admission requirement
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Eligibility to apply

To be eligible to apply, you need to:

  • have obtained an APAC-accredited honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, with a mark of IIA or higher, and
  • find a PhD supervisor who is an academic staff member of the School of Psychological Science who agrees to supervise you if you are offered a place in program, and agree on a basic outline of the research project you will undertake. You must have this supervisory agreement and outline of your PhD worked out prior to applying to the program. Start looking for a supervisor at least two to three months before the application is due.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Supervision

Candidates for the PhD (Doctor of Philosophy), Master of Philosophy (by research), and combined Master/PhD programs must secure potential supervisors before submitting their application.

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Course-specific English competency

For entry into this program, applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes meeting the Board's English language registration standard
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
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UWA Applicants

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Non-UWA Applicants

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Inherent requirements

All Applicants

Inherent requirements describe what is needed to be successful to complete this course. Before applying, make sure to read through and reflect on the Inherent Requirements for this course.
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Note for applicants

Concurrent applications

Concurrent applications for the ‘Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology’ and the ‘Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology’ are not permitted. Applications will only be accepted for one or the other, and not both.
Note for applicants

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

Course details

The School of Psychological Science is a leader in clinical psychology training, with half a century of experience combined with a strong commitment to ongoing program innovation in health care. This combined course is intended for students who wish to acquire the skills to practice as a clinical psychologist, whilst making an original and substantial contribution to knowledge concerning clinical psychology through their doctoral research.

About the course

This program is based on a scientist-practitioner model of clinical psychology. The training it provides draws upon, and creatively combines, the School of Psychological Science's long-standing excellence in both professional education and research achievement. The program will equip graduates with the clinical skills required to practice as clinical psychologists, and will provide them with a wide range of important research competencies.
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • Students are expected to work at least 30 hours per week on their research throughout the year, in addition to their coursework commitments.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 01870
CRICOS code
  • 077710M
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1
Weekly contact time
  • Students are expected to work at least 30 hours per week on their research throughout the year, in addition to their coursework commitments.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 01870
CRICOS code
  • 077710M
Full time/part time duration
  • 4 years
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology

Application deadlines

For Semester 1 2022 entry, applications open 1 August 2021 and close 31 October 2021.

Domestic scholarship applications close on 29 October 2021.

Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
APPLICATION INFORMATION

Frequently asked questions

Am I eligible to apply?  

To be eligible to apply, you need to: 
  • have obtained an APAC-accredited honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, with a mark of IIA or higher, and
  • find a PhD supervisor who is an academic staff member of the School of Psychological Science who agrees to supervise you if you are offered a place in program, and agree on a basic outline of the research project you will undertake. You must have this supervisory agreement and outline of your PhD worked out prior to applying to the program.

Start looking for a supervisor at least two to three months before the application is due.

APPLICATION INFORMATION
APPLICATION INFORMATION

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) frequently asked questions

What is a PhD?

  • UWA’s flagship research degree, which can be taken in any discipline area in the University, providing that appropriate supervision and resources are available.
  • A program of independent, supervised research that is assessed solely on the basis of a thesis, which is examined externally (as of 2018, by two examiners and a viva).
  • The work presented for a PhD must be a substantial and original contribution to scholarship, demonstrating mastery of the subject of interest as well as an advance in that field of knowledge.
  • PhD applicants must meet the eligibility requirements for studying a PhD at UWA, which includes adequate research preparation and a minimum level of English language competence.
APPLICATION INFORMATION

Course Accreditation

The Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology has been awarded Accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and graduates are eligible to register with the Psychology Board of Australia and practice as a psychologist with an area of practice endorsement in Clinical Psychology.
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Why study with us?

Psychology can take you anywhere and everywhere. Psychology is relevant to almost any human endeavour, meaning a psychology degree, or some complementary psychology studies, are relevant not only for traditional psychology careers, but for a wide range of careers.

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