Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

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Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time

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About this program

This degree integrates the traditional PhD training in research through the preparation of a thesis, with coursework and internship training in theory and techniques in clinical psychology. You will receive the training needed to pursue a specialist career in clinical research settings, including in universities, hospitals, specialist research foundations and government bodies.

The program has been designed to meet the requirements for eligibility for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and entry to the Registrar program for the area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology. Completion of the degree also meets the requirements for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society's College of Clinical Psychologists.

Provisional Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia

It is a requirement that students enrolled in this program have and maintain either provisional or full registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) for the duration of the program.

Attendance information

The first year of the PhD in Clinical Psychology will be a research-focused year. Year two of the program (that is, the first year of clinical training) is only offered full-time on-campus at both Mt Gravatt and the Gold Coast. This postgraduate clinical training program requires students to be available for components of the program across the full calendar year. A total of four weeks recreation leave is factored into the calendar year at specific times. The third and fourth years of the clinical program may with approval of the Director of the Program and HDR Convenor be completed on a part-time basis. You will be classed as a part-time student if you are enrolled in less than 30 credit points per semester. International students must maintain a full-time study load. Students enrolling in this program are required to complete coursework, placement and a dissertation.

Coursework: You are required to attend approximately 12-15 hours of scheduled classes per week. It is expected that if you enrol in these courses you will be available to attend. Some of the classes are offered in full day workshop mode and others are scheduled on a weekly basis. Some classes are also scheduled prior to the start of Trimester 1. Classes may be delivered at the Gold Coast, Mt Gravatt or Logan campuses and students are required to attend the classes at the campus where they are delivered.

Placement: During both year one and year two you are required to undertake clinical placements / internships/externships which require up to three days attendance at a specific location. Some placements may be outside of the Brisbane/Gold Coast area (for example, Northern New South Wales). Each placements must be completed within a maximum of 12 months.

Dissertation: During your enrolment in the dissertation component of this program, it is expected that you will be able to work independently for most of the time. The requirement for on-campus attendance is relatively flexible. However, you will be required to meet regularly with your supervisor and it is recommended that you discuss the on-campus attendance requirements with your supervisor at the start of the dissertation.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program you will spend time in the work/professional environment undertaking placements at various locations. Placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including northern New South Wales and (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.

My career opportunities

You will have a high level of competence in assessment, treatment and research, and be able to use these skills with individuals who are experiencing psychological distress and disorders. You will also be able to use these skills in other settings, such as in forensic psychological practice.

As a professional psychologist, you will be prepared for entry into a career in academia, administration, research institutes, private practice, departments of health and mental health, child protection agencies and consultative enterprises.

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Professional recognition

The program meets registration requirements for psychologists in Australia. It is also intended that graduates will qualify for membership of the Australian Psychologists Society (APS) and be able to qualify for associate membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). The program structure meets the accreditation guidelines of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and the College of Clinical Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

The Psychology Board of Australia requires applicants for registration as a Psychologist for whom English is not the first or native language, to submit evidence to the Board of competency in both oral and written communication in English. Please contact the Psychology Board of Australia for further information regarding requirements.

Professional Practice requirements

There are placements associated with this program and before undertaking professional experience placements, all students in this program are required to have completed the following by the end of their first trimester of study:

  • Vaccinations and Health Tests
  • Licenses and Certificates
  • Online Training
  • Health Placement Requirements

Students should refer to the checklist of professional practice requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Professional Practice website for full details of the requirements regarding professional placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Additional fee information

Domestic research candidates

Domestic candidates who are admitted to this Higher Degree Research (HDR) program are exempt from tuition fees. Candidates will be provided a Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset supplemented by tuition fee support from Griffith University.