A Doctoral level qualification is the highest level of academic qualification and the best start for a career as a clinical psychologist. Achieve professional accreditation through the latest approaches to professional practice, and undertake research which makes an original contribution to the profession.
- 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
If you’re working towards becoming a registered psychologist and have completed your fourth year, this course provides you with the education required to complete the doctoral degree pathway. If you are already working as a registered psychologist, you’ll gain specialist skills in clinical practice combined with extensive research.
Clinical Psychology uses a scientific framework to assess and deliver psychological interventions for clients with mental health issues.
Murdoch’s clinical training adopts an integrative and critical approach to clinical practice with a strong emphasis on clinical competencies and preparation for clinical practice. You’ll learn how to apply your skills and knowledge in prevention and psychological intervention. You will also become a proficient researcher with practical research skills and the ability to develop novel interventions and program evaluation at the individual and system levels.
The Doctor of Psychology is an intensive three-and-a-half year professional research degree consisting of clinical and research seminars, supervised practical work and supervision of a major research project in clinical psychology. You’ll learn through coursework, practicum, and the research components, undertaking at least three practical placements to hone your skills as a clinical psychologist. A Professional Doctoral Degree is a research-focussed qualification recognised and accredited by APAC that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the context of professional practice. You’ll achieve 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.
Entrants into the program enrol in and complete the first year of the Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) and then apply for entry to the DPsych based on performance. You will need to submit a detailed synopsis of your intended research and obtain the support of a Murdoch supervisor as part of your application before presenting a research plan to a panel of clinical psychology staff.
You must be registered from the start of the degree as a provisional psychologist if you are a graduate with the Psychology Board of Australia, and obtain a federal police clearance if accepted into the course.
8 reasons to study a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) at Murdoch
- You’ll study in small groups within a highly engaged professional environment that is both flexible and supportive.
- Learn from leading clinical academics and highly experienced clinicians who are committed to helping you succeed in your studies.
- Gain professional experience with real patients through three practical placements, either in our on-campus psychology clinic, or with external clinics.
- Establish a network of valuable industry contacts through your external practical placement that will open up employment opportunities when you graduate. Murdoch has arrangements with a wide variety of service providers such as WA Department of Health, Department for Community Development, Department of Justice, Disability Services Commission, WA Police Service and other public and private services and facilities.
- Have the opportunity to undertake placements at adult and child clinical facilities.
- Develop knowledge, skills and demonstrated competency in a wide range of psychological assessment and intervention approaches.
- Benefit from training in translational research methods and have an opportunity to conduct translational research, which is of direct benefit to service users.
- Participate in cutting edge research undertaken with staff in areas of Murdoch’s research specialisations.
Develop your skills
Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:
- applying the rigorous method and innovative findings of psychological science to practice
- assessment and intervention with individuals, families and communities
- developing professional capacity and identity through a process of building comprehensive skills and experience in the context of the ethical and personal development in a supported environment
- assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, the delivery of psychological therapy and mental health promotion and prevention
- working with clients across all stages of the lifespan: pregnancy, infancy, family life and parenting, adulthood and older adulthood.
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. Employment growth for Clinical Psychologists is expected to be strong following recent government initiatives such as Medicare-rebated services.
You will be able to take up professional roles, working in senior clinical roles, and maintain strong links with academia.
You will be highly employable in a wide variety of areas, including hospital and health settings, private practice as a registered clinical psychologist, and working in various public and private sector agencies in areas such as health, community development, justice, education, child protection, drug and alcohol, and disabilities.
This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Students with overseas qualifications who may be accepted into the course need to ensure 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.
- Perth Campus
- Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
- Mid-year start available (International students)
Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this 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 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.
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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