This course combines thorough professional training in a chosen area of specialisation with the high level of research training associated with doctoral-level studies.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
This combined course is offered to students wishing to combine professional training at Masters level in Clinical Psychology with compatible research at the PhD level. It combines a thorough professional training in the chosen area of specialisation with the high level of research training associated with doctoral-level studies.
The course allows students to fulfil the requirements of both the relevant Masters degree and the PhD. Students who have a strong academic record demonstrating particular strength in the area of research may be considered for entry.
Candidates will normally complete the full first year of the Masters course before going on to enrol in the PhD for the second, third and fourth years. Students are exempted from the Masters thesis requirement and normally complete a 12-point external placement unit concurrently with the PhD commitment. Whilst candidates are advised to complete the first year of the Masters course in advance of beginning the PhD, it is possible to begin with the latter.
Coursework is selected and placements organised according to the area of specialisation. It is a requirement that the topic of the PhD must relate to the area of specialisation.
This professionally accredited course adheres to a scientist-practitioner model that stresses a systematic problem-solving approach. Its objective is to prepare psychologists who are skilled in individual casework and can apply their skills and knowledge to prevention, research, development, and evaluation, at the individual, organisational and system levels. It is a professional qualification in Applied Psychology leading to employment in the health, mental health, educational, occupational, ergonomic and community areas, which meets international standards. The course also develops students to be expert researchers in their chosen area of specialisation.
The course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is recognised as such by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). Graduates will be eligible for direct registration as psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia.
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. Job prospects for applied psychologists are very good; employment growth is expected to be strong following recent government initiatives. 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.
- Perth Campus
- Mid-year start available (International students)
- School of Psychology and Exercise Science
- Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsych) + Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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. Within the first two weeks of commencing the program, the student must gain provisional registration with the 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. In addition, if working with children a separate screening by the Department of Community Development is required. 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 types of behaviour. The student must meet the cost of obtaining 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 records 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.
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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