Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology

This course synthesises Master of Clinical Psychology and PhD training across a four-year period of study. It is intended for students who are motivated to become future leaders in the field of clinical psychology by developing and combining high-level skills in clinical practice and research in ways that will enable them to both engage effectively in professional practice and significantly advance the discipline.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
Award abbreviation
PhD, MClinPsych
Course code
01870/54570
Course type
combined postgraduate (coursework only and thesis only)
Status
current / 2019
Administered by
Faculty of Science; Graduate Research School
CRICOS code
077710M

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full-time only
Articulation
The Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology has the following exit award: 53570 Master of Clinical Psychology (96 points) (96 points)
Credit points required
72
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditation
Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by: APAC; APS.
Standard course duration
4 years
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Werner Stritzke
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (72 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPSYC5511Special Topics in Clinical Psychology
Prerequisites:
- Enrolment in the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (53370) - PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I - PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II.
NSPSYC5530Applied Research Methods
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570)
NSPSYC5531Assessment and Intervention—Adult Complex Disorders
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570); and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I) and PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
Incompatibility:
PSYC5592 Neuropsychological Assessment (formerly PSYC8592 Neuropsychological Assessment)
NSPSYC5533Clinical Psychology and Health
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570); and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I) and PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
Incompatibility:
PSYC5567 Clinical Health Psychology (formerly PSYC8567 Clinical Health Psychology)
NSPSYC5663External Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) and PSYC5678 Practicum I
NSPSYC5664External Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) and PSYC5678 Practicum I
NSPSYC5672Foundations in Clinical Skills I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (53370)
Co-requisites:
PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
NSPSYC5673Foundations in Clinical Skills II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (00890/52590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (53370)
Co-requisites:
PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
NSPSYC5674Assessment and Intervention—Childhood Disorders
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology 53370; and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I and PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
NSPSYC5675Assessment and Intervention—Emotional Disorders
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (53370)
NSPSYC5678Practicum I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570)
Co-requisites:
PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I, PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
NSPSYC5679Practicum II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570); and PSYC5678 Practicum I

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://matrix-prod.its.uwa.edu.au/handbooks2019/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, including meeting the Board's English language registration standard.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(1) an accredited bachelor's honours degree in psychology with an upper second class Honours (2A), or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and

(2) Applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. and

(3) Applicants must have secured a PhD supervisor from the School of Psychological Science at the time of submitting their application.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) two satisfactory referees, as recognised by UWA;

and

(c) a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience, as recognised by UWA;

and

(d) an interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in psychology with invitation to attend the interview based on Rules 4, 5(a), (b) and (c) and the interview quota for that year;

and

(e) the intake quota for that year.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit award:

  • 53570 Master of Clinical Psychology (96 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology course before completing it, who has completed the coursework units (72 points) required for the Master's component of the combined course and a research dissertation equivalent to at least 24 points, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Master of Clinical Psychology.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 72 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. Students who—

(a) do not pass units to a points value of at least half the total points value of any units in which they remain enrolled;

or

(b) fail a unit that they have previously failed;

or

(c) do not satisfy the Board through relevant reports that their progress towards the PhD has been appropriate,

will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Unless the Faculty and the Board approve otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances, students who fail to make satisfactory progress in accordance with Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded'.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Research thesis

13. The research thesis must be undertaken in one of the areas of specialisation selected for the Master of Clinical Psychology.

Submission of research proposal and thesis

14.(1) A student must provide a research proposal to the Board of the Graduate Research School for approval within six months from the date of first enrollment in the course.

(2) Submission and examination of the thesis is governed by the relevant Doctor of Philosophy rules.

Time limit

15. Unless the Faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Psychological Science approves otherwise, students must complete the units required for the Master of Clinical Psychology within four calendar years from the date of first enrolment in the combined course.

Research supervision

16. To ensure that the research thesis meets APAC accreditation requirements:

(1) The enrolment in the PhD component of this course must be 100% in the School of Psychological Science.

(2) The coordinating supervisor must be an academic from the School of Psychological Science with a minimum 50% supervision load. Students enrolled in this course may also have a percentage of their supervision from another school or from an external supervisor, but the supervision arrangements must be approved first by the School of Psychological Science.

Qualification for awards

17.(1) A student who completes the units required under Rule 7 and completes the requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy will qualify for the award of the degrees of Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy.

(2) A student who completes the units required under Rule 7, but has not completed the requirements of the Doctor of Philosophy may fulfil the remaining requirements of the Master of Clinical Psychology (53570) by satisfying the Faculty that they have completed a research component equivalent to at least 24 points.