If you are interested in psychological research as part of becoming a specialist psychologist, this combined course will help you achieve professional accreditation through extensive coursework and research.
- Part or full-time
(Student visa holders must study full-time)
- Part or full-time
- 4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
If you’re working towards becoming a registered psychologist and have completed your fourth year, this course combines a Masters-level accreditation with a PhD comprised of extensive research. If you are already working as a registered psychologist you’ll gain specialist skills in clinical practice combined with extensive research.
Clinical psychology focuses on a strict scientist-practitioner model that emphasises a systematic problem-solving approach that will prepare you with the skills you need for clinical casework. You’ll learn how to apply your skills and knowledge in clinical psychology and work with individuals and groups across the lifespan. In addition, the PhD will allow you to build skills in written and oral communication, you’ll learn how to manage a large project through to completion, and become an expert on your research topic.
To be considered for entry, you’ll need to have a strong academic record equal to at least IIA honours, and a supervisor who is able to supervise your PhD. You will be exempt from the Masters thesis requirement, and complete a 12-point external placement unit concurrently with your PhD commitment. While candidates are advised to complete the first year of the Masters course prior to beginning the PhD, it is possible to begin your PhD first.
Coursework and placement are organised according to the area of specialisation, and it is a requirement that the topic of the PhD must relate to the field of clinical psychology.
5 reasons to study a Master of Applied Psychology + PhD at Murdoch
- You’ll study in a highly engaged professional psychology environment that is both flexible and supportive.
- Learn from leading academics and experienced clinicians who are committed to helping you succeed in your studies.
- Gain professional experience with clients through at least three practical placements, including our on-campus community-oriented psychology clinic, and with external agencies.
- 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 including public and private hospitals, education providers, community mental health services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, disability services and more.
- Have the opportunity to undertake placements at adult and child clinical facilities, gaining experience with individuals from diverse backgrounds with a range of psychological and mental health conditions.
Develop your skills
Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:
- clinical assessment, interviewing, diagnosis, and test administration
- psychotherapy and evidence-based practice in clinical psychology
- a range of approaches for working effectively with children, families, and adults in their social and cultural context
- clinical assessment and treatment of health problems, as well as neurodevelopmental disorders and disabilities across the lifespan
- working and communicating effectively with other professionals in clinical planning, assessment, and implementing interventions.
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 as a senior clinician but maintaining strong links with academia on the basis of your strong research training and skills.
You 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. You could work in the following areas: health, community development, justice, education, and disabilities. You will also be highly employable in universities and other research settings.
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.
To obtain full endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist, graduates are required to complete one additional year of practice under supervision within a psychology internship.
- Perth Campus
- Not 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 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 to have police clearance, applicants are required to obtain a Federal police clearance (which will include WA clearance). In addition, if working with children, a separate screening by the Department of Community Development is required. Any agency will only be seeking information about behaviours that may place vulnerable clients at risk. The applicant meets the cost of these clearances. Please note that some organisations providing professional placements may require students to provide full immunisation records. Applicants must be in a position to provide these records 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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