This is an intensive three and a half year professional research degree consisting of seminars, supervised practical work and applied research.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 3 and a half years full-time or part-time equivalent
The Doctor of Psychology is an intensive three and a half year professional research degree consisting of seminars, supervised practical work and applied research.
The first year of study is the same as Year 1 of the relevant Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsych). Students who complete the first year of the Master of Applied Psychology with marks of distinction may apply for transfer to the DPsych. The specific purpose of the DPsych is to enable students to undertake applied Doctoral-level research on a topic of their choice which will make a distinct contribution to the profession whilst gaining skills in applied psychology to meet registration requirements, and to pursue specialised study in a professional area of their choice.
All the teaching staff are practising Applied Psychologists. Murdoch University has the Psychology Clinic, the Counselling Psychology Consulting Service and the Organisational Psychology Consulting Service to act as practical training facilities and community services. In addition, the University cooperates with Commonwealth and State Public Service Ministries and Departments such as Department for Community Development, Justice, Employment, Health, Safety and Welfare, Education, the Disability Services Commission and other public and private services and facilities in Western Australia.
In the first year, candidates will select units and practical placements to be approved by the School Committee.
- Perth Campus
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- School of Psychology and Exercise Science
- Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)
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.
Entry requirements for
Graduate students must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia within the first two weeks of commencing the program. 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. 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 must also: Attend 6 advanced workshops outlined below including the Psychology Board of Australia's approved supervision training. These do not count towards practicum placement hours. 1) Conflict Management and Negotiation in the Workplace 2) Influence in the Workplace 3) Applied Project Management Part 1 (1 day) 4) Applied Project Management Part 2 (1 day) 5) PRINCE2 Foundation Certification Course (3 days) and Applied PRINCE2 (1 day) 6) Supervisor Training Workshop (1 day).
Fees & Scholarships for Domestic StudentsInternational Students
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.
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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