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Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy


370 cp

Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Course available at:
Brisbane, Queensland
Melbourne, Victoria

EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

1. Admission as a Candidate

To gain entry to the course a person must apply directly to the School of Psychology for admission to the Master program. Upon successful completion of the first year of studies, candidates may then apply to the Research Services Office for admission to the PhD program. Prerequisite requirements to be met by applicants are as follows:

  1. four years of an accredited undergraduate psychology sequence, comprising a first class Honours degree in psychology;
  2. interview; and
  3. two referee reports: one professional/personal and one academic.

An applicant with Honours IIA and will be eligible to apply for a place in the combined degree following completion of at least 80 cp at an appropriate level in the Master of Psychology.

2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree

To qualify for the combined degree, a student must complete 370 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 50 cp from Core Units;
  2. 40 cp from Practicum Units;
  3. 250 cp from Thesis Units; and
  4. 30 cp from Specialisation Units appropriate to the relevant stream.

3. Maximum Period of Candidature

The maximum duration of candidature will normally be no longer than ten years part-time from the commencement of enrolment. The maximum period will not include any period of approved leave of absence from the PhD program.

Schedule of Unit Offerings

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Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

Core Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PSYC630 10 Psychological Assessment
PSYC631 10 Psychological Disorders
PSYC632 10 Foundations of Practice
PSYC633 10 Counselling One-to-One
PSYC634 10 Research Methods

Practicum Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PSYC613 10 Practicum A
(Pre: PSYC630 Psychological Assessment and PSYC633 Counselling One-to-One)
PSYC614 10 Practicum B
(Pre: PSYC613 Practicum A)
PSYC708 10 Practicum F
(Pre: PSYC614 Practicum B)
PSYC709 10 Practicum G
(Pre: PSYC708 Practicum F)

Thesis Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PSYC616 10 Thesis Part 1
(Co: PSYC634 Research Methods)
PHDM701 240 Doctoral Thesis (Full-time)
PHDM702 240 Doctoral Thesis (Part-time)

Specialisation Units

Clinical Stream

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PSYC635 10 Assessment and Interventions with Adults
(Pre: PSYC630 Psychological Assessment and PSYC631 Psychological Disorders)
PSYC636 10 Assessment and Interventions with Children, Youth and Families
(Pre: PSYC630 Psychological Assessment, PSYC631 Psychological Disorders, PSYC633 Counselling One-to-One and PSYC635 Assessment and Interventions with Adults)
PSYC637 10 Health Psychology
(Pre: PSYC630 Psychological Assessment)

1 A student must also comply with the Admission Rules.