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

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Career Pathways

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

The Faculty of Science also offers a wide range of other postgraduate coursework and research courses.
The Faculty of Science also offers a wide range of other postgraduate coursework and research courses.

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.
International Fees

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 - 2019
$149,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$152,000.00

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.

Admission Requirements

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(1) an accredited bachelor's honours degree in psychology with at least an upper second class Honours (2A), or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
(2) Applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. and
(3) Applicants must have secured PhD supervision, with at least one supervisor from the School of Psychological Science at the time of submitting their application.
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 the program, and agree on a basic outline of the research project you will undertake. We recommend you start looking for a supervisor at least two to three months before applications are due (that is, start talking to potential supervisors in July or August).
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.

When looking for a potential supervisor, please visit the Supervisors Page to search for research experts, explore their research profiles and find contact details. Potential research supervisors can also be found on the Faculty PhD Opportunities page.

International applicants seeking a HDR supervisor must complete the online form and upload any supporting documents before applying for a program.

Domestic applicants emailing a potential supervisor, must include: most recent transcript (translated into English if necessary), a curriculum vitae (resume), and a brief statement of approximately 100 words outlining what kind of research question you are interested in pursuing with the potential supervisor.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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

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.
Application Checklist

UWA Applicants

Before submitting your application, make sure to go through the checklist to ensure your application is eligible for submission.
Application Checklist

Application Checklist:

  • Have you ensured that by end of semester 2 2020 you will satisfy the entry requirements for your chosen program, including eligibility for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia?
  • Have you provided certified academic transcripts of any tertiary studies that you completed at a university other than UWA?
  • Have you provided a Curriculum Vitae, which includes:
  1. The names and contact details of two academic referees supporting your application.
  2. Details of any relevant work experience that you have undertaken.
  3. A personal statement regarding why you want to do this course (1 page max.)
  • Have you asked your academic referees to complete the referee’s report by closing date 31/10/2020 in the Reference Request System
  • Have you secured a PhD coordinating supervisor from the School of Psychological Science?
  • All international applicants: Have you provided certified IELTS results no more than 2 years old?

If you answered 'Yes' to all the above, your application is ready for submission
 

Application Checklist

Non-UWA Applicants

Before submitting your application, make sure to go through the checklist to ensure your application is eligible for submission.
Application Checklist

Application Checklist:

  • Have you ensured that by end of semester 2 2020 you will satisfy the entry requirements for your chosen program, including eligibility for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia?
  • OR

    If the university at which you completed your degree is outside Australia, have you provided documentation from the Australian Psychological Society (APS) that your program is recognised as an accredited 4th year psychology degree (or relevant Master degree if you are applying for one of the Graduate Diploma programs)? You must be eligible to register as a provisional psychologist to enrol in these courses.

  • Have you provided certified academic transcripts of any tertiary studies that you completed at a university other than UWA?
  • Have you provided a Curriculum Vitae, which includes:
  1. The names and contact details of two academic referees supporting your application.
  2. Details of any relevant work experience that you have undertaken.
  3. A personal statement regarding why you want to do this course (1 page max.)
  • Have you asked your academic referees to complete the referee’s report by closing date 31/10/2020 in the Reference Request System
  • Have you secured a PhD coordinating supervisor from the School of Psychological Science?
  • All international applicants: Have you provided certified IELTS results no more than 2 years old?

If you answered 'Yes' to all the above, your application is ready for submission

 

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
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 2021 entry, applications open 1 August 2020 and close 31 October 2020.
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. 

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

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

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. 

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

Does my PhD supervisor need to be a clinical psychologist or clinical neuropsychologist?

No, but your thesis will need to be relevant to your chosen clinical area. Most of the School’s academic staff could supervise an MPsych/PhD project and many have.

Does my honours thesis topic need to have been clinical in focus?

No. Your honours thesis topic makes absolutely no difference.

Do I have to have previous clinical experience or training to get in?

Previous clinical experience is not required, but is always helpful. We have taken students who had limited or no hands-on experience.

Do I have to have a First for my honours year/thesis to get in?

No, but again, it helps. We have taken in many students with a high IIA. You should be aware, however, that scholarships are becoming more competitive and anything less than a first class honours makes it less likely you will be awarded a scholarship – you could be made an offer for the program, but not receive a scholarship.  If that happens, you'll need to decide if you can do the program without the financial support.

How many students do you accept?

Usually, about 14 across the two programs.  Sometimes more, sometimes a few less, depending on how many supervisors are available for new students.

Do you offer the MPsych on its own or only with the PhD?

We offer the MPsych in Clinical Psychology and in Clinical Neuropsychology only in combination with the PhD. We do this for several reasons, but most importantly we believe, in these rapidly changing clinical fields, we can offer the best training only by combining excellent clinical training, with the background provided by advanced research training. This background provides our graduates with an extensive base of skills and knowledge to provide leadership in the field, be generators of future knowledge, and stay current with advances in the field by applying a critical and rigorous mindset to new evidence. 

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

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.

Why should I complete a PhD?

  • Develop advanced research skills.
  • Pursue a topic of interest in close collaboration with a supervisor/lab.
  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification.
  • Learn how to understand, use and conduct research that is relevant to professional training (e.g. the scientist-practitioner model) and applied fields.
  • PhD graduates move into a wide range of careers, depending on their areas of research. The traditional pathways are to research and academic careers. As the PhD is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work with other people, and communicate effectively in writing at a high level, many graduates progress into other professional areas, including management.

What kind of research project could I work on?

There are many varied projects, and every student’s PhD is different. The student and supervisor, along with the Head of School and the Board of the Graduate Research School, mutually agree upon the research project conducted by the student. Be curious about the question(s) to which you are trying to find the answer, and remember you will have roughly three years for the research.

Can I combine a PhD with a master's?

In the School of Psychological Science, yes. You will need to consider if your research project is suitable to meet:

  • the requirements of the Professional Program. Note that you do not need to work with special populations, and just about every member of academic staff in the School can supervise a PhD/PhD combined with master's.
  • the time commitment of a combined program. For example, if the project involves a lot of overseas fieldwork, it might not be the most appropriate as you would miss coursework.

For the master's programs in Psychological Science, applicants must hold, or expect to gain, at least a 2A class Honours degree (or equivalent) in Psychology from an accredited program, or equivalent. This is a criterion that all applicants must meet in order to be eligible. At the time of applying, you must also be eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

What do I do next?

Before you can apply, you must find two supervisors, for which you must allow adequate time. Potential supervisors will want to meet with you in person/video-conference. Some supervisors may be at or close to capacity, so the earlier you contact them, the better your chances of securing them as a supervisor.

You can contact potential supervisors directly. You can also contact the School at postgradinfo-sps@uwa.edu.au . It’s a good idea to briefly describe the type of research you are interested in working on, your experience (including a CV), contact details for referees, and a recent academic transcript.

International applicants can use the online enquiry form that helps us match your research interests with potential supervisors, or contact hdr-science@uwa.edu.au for further information.

Once you have secured two supervisors, apply by the closing date.

What kind of support is available for PhDs?

Students may be eligible for postgraduate scholarships. You will be provided with shared office space, a desk and a computer, along with administrative support, research and travel funding. There is a large and vibrant intellectual community for support within UWA.

What kind of time commitment is a PhD and when does it start?

  • Typically full-time (possibility of part-time under certain circumstances).
  • At least 30 hours a week should be spent on research for full-time students.
  • A PhD can commence any time throughout the year, except December.
  • If combined with a master's (MPsych) program, the PhD typically starts when the master's starts (Semester 1).
  • Current PhD students can apply for entry into a combined master's/PhD program within the first two years of their enrolment in the PhD program. Conditions: the current PhD thesis must relate specifically to the disciplinary field of specialisation, and the student must have made good progress in their PhD program.

What if I have more questions?

Contact the Graduate Research Coordinator, Associate Professor Romina Palermo at romina.palermo@uwa.edu.au or the Academic Services Officer, María del Pilar Puerta Francos at postgradinfo-sps@uwa.edu.au.

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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.

Psychology at UWA

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. 

Teaching excellence

  • Learn from experts who operate at the cutting edge of the discipline. We don’t just teach the textbooks, we conduct the work in the textbooks.
  • Our teaching standards are high and teaching is constantly evaluated by our students. Our scores are among the best at UWA, with about 90 per cent of our students agreeing or strongly agreeing that we provide a good educational experience.
  • We offer fantastic student support staff to provide you with advice and guidance.
Research excellence
  • You'll be involved in the cutting-edge research from your first year of postgraduate study.
  • Our School has received the top rating of 5 in all three rounds of the Commonwealth’s Excellence in Research for Australia exercises (2010, 2012, 2015). Our research is rated as 'well above world standard'. We are one of only two Australian psychology schools to achieve this.
  • We consistently rank in the top 100 psychology departments in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject) and are the only WA school in the top 100.
Industry connections
  • We offer work-integrated learning through our large network of corporate partners.
  • Our postgraduate programs are leading the way in terms of research-integration, evidence-based practice and innovation. Our students are in high demand across many sectors.
  • UWA is an international hub for the areas of Business and Industrial and Organisational Psychology, and we have strong links with various industries.
  • Our clinical programs are recognised as among the very best in the country, and we have extensive networks with clinical service providers.
Student choice
  • UWA courses are progressive, flexible, and benchmarked against the world’s best.
  • Flexibility means you're not locked into a named degree from first year.
  • Graduates are equipped with communication and critical thinking skills at the highest international standards, and are trained to have a interdisciplinary, global perspective.

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