Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)

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Combine professional accreditation as a Clinical psychologist via a program of structured learning with a comprehensive research program undertaken over at least two years of the qualification.

Key details for

  • ATAR

  • Course Code

    • D1073
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 and a half years full-time or part-time equivalent
  • CRICOS Code

  • Course Code

    • D1073
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 3 and a half years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Description

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) (DPsych) at Murdoch is a Graduate Research Degree and is also recognised as an AQF Level 10 qualification, meaning that it is recognised as a Doctoral degree (Professional) and an equivalent level of qualification as a PhD.

A Professional Doctoral Degree is defined as a research focussed qualification that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice. Professional programs of study at a doctoral level combine professional accreditation as a Clinical psychologist via a program of structured learning with a comprehensive research program undertaken over at least two years of the qualification.

The DPsych is the flagship program for the postgraduate offering. The advantage of the DPsych is that it offers a well-structured course work program and research components delivered in an integrated and structured way. The DPsych can be considered the optimal training pathway for future leaders in Clinical Psychology.

The Doctor of Psychology is an intensive three and a half year professional research degree consisting of seminars, supervised practical work and applied research.

Students who successfully obtain scholarship support, or international students who meet selection criteria will be considered for direct entry to the DPsych. Applicants should hold a four-year sequence of study in an APAC accredited Psychology program with the equivalent of a 2A honours degree in Psychology.

However, the majority of entrants to the program will enrol in and complete the first year of the Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical) and be considered for entry to the DPsych based on performance. Students who complete the first year of the relevant Master of Applied Psychology and who average grades of Distinction in their core first year units may apply for transfer to the DPsych. Applicants for the DPsych are required to submit a synopsis of their intended research and obtain the support of a Murdoch supervisor as part of their application. Applicants will be required to present their research plans to a panel of Psychology staff prior to admission. Students permitted to transfer from the Master of Applied Psychology will be exempt from the units common to both degrees.

Graduate students must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist. Within the first two weeks of commencing the program, the student must gain provisional registration with Psychology Board of Australia. As many agencies require all staff working with their clients or patients to have a police clearance, students are required to obtain a Federal police clearance (which will include WA clearance) if accepted into the course. Successful applicants also need to have a Working with Children Check before they begin work in the internal child clinic. Clearly any agency will only be seeking information about behaviours that may place vulnerable clients at risk and will not be interested in any other type of behaviours. The student meets the cost of these clearances. Please note that some organisations providing professional placements require students to provide full immunisation records. Applicants must be in a position to provide these documents if required.

Students with overseas qualifications who may be accepted into the course need to ensure, should they wish to seek registration within Australia after graduation, that their undergraduate qualifications meets the requirements of the relevant psychology registration board for equivalence to a four-year Australian degree in Psychology. Applications with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study. The degree requires attendance of on-campus seminars and, for parts of the course, full-day attendance on campus or at a practicum site.

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and approval by the relevant Colleges of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Psychologists are emerging as highly employable professionals in contemporary health services given their strong grounding in effective interventions, solid assessment skills and their ability to devise and implement research. Graduates will predominately take up professional roles, working in senior clinical roles but maintaining strong links with academia on the basis of their strong research training and skills. In the rapidly growing profession of clinical psychology there will be demand for high level professional qualifications. Employment growth for Clinical Psychologists is expected to be strong following recent government initiatives such as Medicare rebated services. On graduation from this course, students will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, including private practice as a registered psychologist, and working in various public and private sector agencies in areas such as health, community development, justice, education, and disabilities.

 

  • Location

    • Perth Campus
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
    • Mid-year start available (International students)
  • School

    • School of Psychology and Exercise Science
  • Qualification

    • Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)

Course Structure

Each course has a core set of units that must be completed for you to graduate. In addition to these core units you are free to choose other units, called general electives, to create your own course.

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Special Requirements

Graduate students must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist. Within the first two weeks of commencing the program, the student must gain provisional registration with Psychology Board of Australia. As many agencies require all staff working with their clients or patients to have a police clearance, students are required to obtain a Federal police clearance (which will include WA clearance) if accepted into the course. Successful applicants also need to have a Working with Children Check before they begin work in the internal clinic. Clearly any agency will only be seeking information about behaviours that may place vulnerable clients at risk and will not be interested in any other type of behaviours. The student meets the cost of these clearances. Please note that some organisations providing professional placements require students to provide full immunisation records. Applicants must be in a position to provide these documents if required.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students up to $10,000 off your first year tuition fee via the International Welcome Scholarships. Find out what other scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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