Clinical Psychology - 2116

Clinical Psychology


Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Monash Medical Centre - Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration 3-4 years full time
Start date February The first 2 years of this program must be completed full time with the remaining candidature being able to be completed part time.
Qualification Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
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This research degree integrates theory, practice and research to qualify you as a highly skilled clinical psychologist, able to assess and treat children and adults with serious emotional or behavioural disorders and others experiencing mental stress.

Over four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study (NOTE: the first 2 years of the program must be completed full-time) , you'll conduct a major, supervised, research program, complete three years of intensive coursework and undertake 1500 hours of clinical placements, exposing you to a diverse range of client groups.

The course is delivered by our School of Psychological Science, whose researchers lead the way in investigating how such factors as addiction, culture, neurodevelopment, brain injury, ageing, mood disorders and sleep affect mental health and behaviour.

For example, research conducted at the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Research Unit investigates how therapeutic relationship factors and therapist competencies might enhance the treatment of depression.

The course includes a 60,000 to 70,000 research thesis, which accounts for 70 per cent of your assessment and allows you to thoroughly ground your understanding of an area of interest and contribute to improved clinical assessment and practice.

This intensive program provides coursework in subjects such as psychological assessment, psychopathology, fundamentals of professional practice and psychological intervention theories and techniques and gives you the opportunity to apply your classroom knowledge to clinical placements.

In your third year, you begin advanced specialisation coursework and a related clinical internship, giving you the chance to build specialist knowledge and experience in Child, Adolescent and Family Clinical Psychology, or Advanced Clinical Psychology.

The program is run from our Clayton and Notting Hill campuses.

Career opportunities

You will graduate as a highly skilled psychologist, qualified to assess and treat adults and children with emotional and behavioural problems and use your knowledge to prevent and treat mental illness.

You will also graduate as an effective researcher, able to review research literature, apply research techniques to your field of study and produce high-quality written work for publication.

Professional recognition (Australian)

This degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion, you can apply for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and full registration as a psychologist.

Gaining endorsement as a clinical psychologist requires another year of approved, supervised, full-time-equivalent practice under a supervisor approved by thePsychology Board of Australia.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements


Applicants must have a bachelors degree with honours 1 or honours 2A in psychology from Monash University, or have qualifications which in the opinion of the Research Graduate School Committee are equivalent or a satisfactory substitute. The bachelors degree must be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. In addition to their academic record, applicants will be selected on the basis of their personal suitability for clinical psychology, with factors such as referees reports and presentation at a selection interview considered.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

This course is not available for Second Semester (July) entry.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 2116

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.