UWA's admission requirements for some postgraduate courses have changed for Semester 2, 2020 to facilitate student access to study during the COVID-19 situation. In many cases, these changes may not be extended beyond 2020. Contact Future Students for more information.
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 title
- Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology
- Award abbreviation
- PhD, MClinPsych
- Course code
- Course type
- combined postgraduate (coursework only and thesis only)
- current / 2020
- Administered by
- Faculty of Science; Graduate Research School
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year only
- Attendance type
- full-time only
- 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
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
- Professional accreditation
- Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by: Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
- Standard course duration
- 4 years
- Time limit
- 4 years
- Delivery mode
- Locations offered
- UWA (Perth)
- Domestic fee type
- Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP or Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP (master's degree) and RTP (PhD)
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Jeneva Ohan
- 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.
|Key to availability of units:|
|S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period|
All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.
Take all units (72 points):
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|NS||PSYC5511||Special Topics in Clinical Psychology||These are advanced Master classes typically delivered in 3- to 6-hour workshops, up to a total of 50 hours in the teaching period.|
|S2||PSYC5530||Applied Research Methods||13 x 3 hours (attendance at classes is compulsory)|
|S2||PSYC5531||Assessment and Intervention—Adult Complex Disorders||lectures: 8 x 2 hours; workshops: 5 x 4 hours (attendance at classes/workshops is compulsory)|
|S2||PSYC5533||Clinical Psychology and Health||lectures: 2 hours per week (attendance at classes is compulsory)|
|NS||PSYC5663||External Practicum||45 days|
|NS||PSYC5664||External Practicum||45 days|
|S1||PSYC5672||Foundations in Clinical Skills I||2h/12 weeks (attendance is compulsory)|
|S1||PSYC5673||Foundations in Clinical Skills II||2 hours/week; plus workshops: 3 x 4 hours|
|S1||PSYC5674||Assessment and Intervention—Childhood Disorders||lectures: 12 x 3 hours (lecture attendance is compulsory)|
|S2||PSYC5675||Assessment and Intervention—Emotional Disorders||lectures: 3 hours per week|
|S1||PSYC5678||Practicum I||Minimum 200 hrs (including observation, supervision, supervised clinical work and case presentations). A record of signed hours and activities must be kept using the electronic logbook system and submitted at the end of semester.|
|S2||PSYC5679||Practicum II||practicum work: 200 hours (160 hours face to face); meetings: 2 hours per week; supervision meetings: to be arranged with supervisor.|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in 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).
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.
Admission ranking and selection
(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;
Articulations and exit awards
- 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, but 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, within 8 calendar years from the time of initial enrollment, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Master of Clinical Psychology.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
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.
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
Submission of research proposal and thesis
(2) Submission and examination of the thesis is governed by the relevant Doctor of Philosophy rules.
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.
(2) The coordinating supervisor must be an academic from the School of Psychological Science, with a minimum 50% supervision load within the School. 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.