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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The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

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8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

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 - 2021
$163,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2022
$168,800.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

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.

Admission requirements

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

Important note for applicants

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 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.

Clinical Psychology Placements

This course requires students to undertake clinical psychology placements in health facilities to successfully complete the course. Placements enable students to acquire needed skills and competencies whilst under careful supervision of qualified clinical psychologists.

To ensure public safety, and to satisfy placement provider requirements, applicants must meet or be able to meet the following before placements begin:

Infectious Diseases Screening and Immunisation requirements.

These requirements protect clients and students from communicable diseases during your training, and reflect requirements of placement sites.

  • You will need to be screened for and vaccinated against various infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (Chicken Pox), diphtheria, polio, tetanus, pertussis, influenza (vaccination only, not screening), and tuberculosis prior to starting placements.
  • You will also need to have received three doses of an approved Covid-19 vaccine (or equivalent).
  • Note that exemptions on medical grounds only are considered when completed by certain medical practitioners.

 

National Police Certificate (NPC) and Working with Children (WWC) Check

Students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program are required to obtain a clear National Police Certificate (NPC) and a Working with Children’s Check (WWCC) prior to client contact. Currently, and in accordance with WA Health, this involves a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check and/or a National Police Clearance that has been issued within the past 12 months of starting each placement. If you have resided outside of Australia, you will also be asked to provide a national police check from that country (those countries). If you have a criminal record, you might be excluded from placements and thus be ineligible to continue the course.

Students enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program must apply for and hold a Department for Child Protection “Working with Children Check” (WWC Check). The WWC Check must be valid for the duration of the placements and while conducting research involving unsupervised work with children (individuals under 18 years of age).

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Preparing your application

Applicants 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.

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
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.

This course has higher ELC requirements. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 6.5 and no band less than 6.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) two satisfactory referees, as recognised by UWA;
and
(c) a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience, as recognised by UWA;
and
(d) an interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in psychology with invitation to attend the interview based on Rules 4, 5(a), (b) and (c) and the interview quota for that year;
and
(e) the intake quota for that year.
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

Non-UWA Applicants

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

Eligibility for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia

Applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. Prospective students must ensure that they only submit an application for entry into the program if they would meet the provisional registration requirements by the time they receive an offer into the program.

New students must apply for provisional registration as soon as they accept their offers. Students must maintain provisional registration for the entire duration of their enrolment in the degree.

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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
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
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
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
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
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology

Important dates

Intake Periods
  • Semester 1, 2023
Application Open
  • For Semester 1, 2023 entry, applications open Monday 1 August 2022.
Application Close
  • For Semester 1, 2023 entry, applications close Monday 31 October 2022.
  • Domestic scholarship applications close on 31 October 2022.

Refer to Admissions Requirements for information on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Pathway to entry information for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants

The University welcomes and encourages Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people to consider applying for entry into our postgraduate psychology programs.
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 Conditional 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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