Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
The overall objective of this course is to produce clinical neuropsychologists who have the necessary academic and practical foundation, skills and experience to be able to develop into competent clinicians grounded in the scientist-practitioner tradition. Such clinicians should be skilled at developing therapeutic relationships with their clients and be competent to work productively and to the benefit of a wide range of clients across a broad variety of settings.
- Course title
- Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
- Award abbreviation
- PhD, MClinNeuropsych
- Course code
- Course type
- combined postgraduate (coursework only and thesis only)
- current / 2022
- Administered by
- Psychological Science; Graduate Research School
- CRICOS code
- Intake periods
- Beginning of year only
- Attendance type
- full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
- The Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology has the following exit award: 53590 Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (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 Neuropsychology is accredited by: Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC).
- Standard course duration
- 4 years
- Time limit
- 8 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)
- Available to international students
- Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
- Course Coordinator(s)
- Dr Michael Weinborn
- 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; N/A = not available in 2022; 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 2023 or 2024.
Take all units (72 points):
|Availability||Unitcode||Unitname||Unit requirements||Contact hours|
|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)|
|S1||PSYC5534||Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology||12 x 3 hours (attendance at classes/workshops is compulsory)|
|N/A||PSYC5536||Neuropsychology 1||3 hours per week (attendance at classes is compulsory)|
|N/A||PSYC5537||Neuropsychology 2||12 x 3 hours (attendance to classes is compulsory)|
|NS||PSYC5538||Neuropsychology Placement I||Minimum 400 hours (including observation, supervision, supervised clinical work and case presentations), of which 120 direct client contact. A record of signed hours and activities must be kept using the electronic logbook system and submitted at the end of semester.|
|S1||PSYC5539||Human Neuroanatomy and Neuropsychology||lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week (attendance at classes is compulsory) as for ANHB2217|
|S1||PSYC5672||Foundations in Clinical Skills I||3h/12 weeks (attendance is compulsory)|
|S1||PSYC5673||Foundations in Clinical Skills II||2 1/2 hours/week; plus workshops: 3 x 4 hours|
|S2||PSYC5675||Assessment and Intervention—Emotional Disorders||lectures: 3 hours per week|
|NS||PSYC5903||Placement I||minimum of 1000 placement hours|
|NS||PSYC5904||Placement II||approximately 330 placement hours|
Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures
1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.
Academic Conduct Essentials and Communication and Research Skills modules
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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).
(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.
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.
4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—1) an accredited bachelor's honours degree in psychology with at least an upper second class Honours (2A), or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; and
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
- 53590 Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (96 points)
(2) A student who withdraws from the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology 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, within eight calendar years from the time of initial enrollment., may apply to the School to be awarded the Master of Clinical Neuropsychology.
(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.
8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.
9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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.
Qualification for awards
16.(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 Neuropsychology 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 Neuropsychology (53590) by satisfying the Faculty that they have completed a research component equivalent to at least 24 points.
(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.