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.
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.