UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

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 overview

Course titleDoctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
Award abbreviationPhD, MClinPsych
Course code01870/54570
Course typecombined postgraduate (coursework only and thesis only)
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science; Graduate Research School
CRICOS code077710M
COURSE DETAILS
  
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull-time only
ArticulationThe Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology has the following exit award: 53570 Master of Clinical Psychology (96 points)
Credit points required72
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationDoctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by: Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.
Standard course duration4 years
Time limit4 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeCommonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Werner Stritzke

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

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

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

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (72 points):

Note: Students enrolled prior to 2012, take all of the following units (72 points).
 PSYC5510Evaluation and Research Methodology I
 PSYC5552Assessment
NS, S1, S2PSYC5565External Practicum
 PSYC5566Psychopathology and Clinical Problems
 PSYC5567Clinical Health Psychology
 PSYC5568Adult and Child Psychotherapy 1
 PSYC5569Adult and Child Psychotherapy 2
N/APSYC5661Specialist Topics
NS, S1, S2PSYC5663External Practicum
NS, S1, S2PSYC5664External Practicum
S1PSYC5678Practicum I
S2PSYC5679Practicum II

Take all units (66 points):

Note: Students commencing in 2013, take all of the following units and one specialist unit from Group A (72 points).
S2PSYC5530Applied Research Methods
S2PSYC5531Assessment and Intervention—Adult Complex Disorders
S2PSYC5533Clinical Psychology and Health
NS, S1, S2PSYC5663External Practicum
NS, S1, S2PSYC5664External Practicum
S1PSYC5672Foundations in Clinical Skills I
S1PSYC5673Foundations in Clinical Skills II
S1PSYC5674Assessment and Intervention—Childhood Disorders
S2PSYC5675Assessment and Intervention—Emotional Disorders
S1PSYC5678Practicum I
S2PSYC5679Practicum II

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A

N/APSYC5534Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology
S2PSYC5535Advanced Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology
S1PSYC5536Neuropsychology 1
S2PSYC5537Neuropsychology 2

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

Rules

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and 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) a PhD proposal approved by the Board of the Graduate Research School; or

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

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

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 8 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 in—

(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 who is permitted to enrol in terms of Rule 4(a) must submit a full research proposal to the Board of the Graduate Research School no later than 31 October in the year of their commencement of candidature if enrolled full-time or within nine months of their date of commencement if enrolled part-time.

(2) A student must, before submission of the thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, complete the Master of Clinical Psychology component.

(3) Submission and examination of the thesis is governed by the relevant Doctor of Philosophy rules (Rules 46, 47(1) and (2), and 48 to 51) for the appointment of examiners and the examination of the thesis.

Time limit

15. Unless the Faculty on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Psychology 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.