The Doctor of Psychology is for practitioners who aspire to excellence and leadership in the profession of clinical psychology.

  • This program is for graduates with an approved psychology degree. The application process involves a range of requirements, including an interview – check with the School for details.
  • Receive advanced training in clinical reasoning and research, and develop your understanding of clinical psychology and effective therapeutic practice.
  • Specialise in one field of study: Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology; Clinical Psychology; or Clinical Psychology and Clinical Geropsychology.
  • Undertake a substantial research thesis and courses covering clinical skills and assessment, professional, ethical and interpersonal competencies, evidence-based practice, and more.

The Doctor of Psychology aims to develop leaders in the psychology profession.

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    Global standing

    UQ's School of Psychology is the largest school of psychology in Australia, and our academics and staff have made major contributions to the field. The school was ranked 25th in the world in the 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    We offer the largest clinical psychology program in Australia. Fifteen academic staff convene or co-convene different courses within the program, and are also actively involved in clinical practice as well as research.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Practical experience

    During your studies you'll complete at least 1500 hours of supervised clinical practice. These placements will give you an opportunity to apply your knowledge, broaden your clinical experience and develop your professional skills.

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The Psychology Students' Association provides plenty of opportunities to study, network, and socialise outside of the classroom. The PSA aims to enhance uni life for psychology students by supporting their personal and professional development.

Fields of study for this program

There are 3 fields of study available in the Doctor of Psychology.

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Career outcomes

Graduates of the Doctor of Psychology can apply for general registration as a psychologist in Australia and are eligible to apply for the Registrar Program through the Psychology Board of Australia.

Graduates typically take leadership roles in healthcare settings across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including:

  • hospitals and health clinics,
  • community and support groups,
  • mental health organisations,
  • private practice,
  • schools and educational institutions,
  • government services and health departments,
  • defence forces,
  • courts and prisons,
  • rehabilitation centres, and
  • aged-care facilities.

Specific roles largely depend on your field of study. Graduates from the clinical neuropsychology and clinical psychology specialisation typically work in hospital-based assessment services and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, while clinical geropsychology provides opportunities for work in aged-care assessment teams, long-term care facilities and community-based programs.

For information about employment opportunities visit the Australian Psychological Society website.

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    "The placements offered in my course allow me to put what I have learnt from lectures and tutorials into clinical practice. I get to interact with different professionals and learn how to work in a multidisciplinary team. I’m constantly learning on the go and there’s never a dull moment." Sarah Teo, Current student, DPsych (Clinical)
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  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 10

Entry requirements


An approved 4-year bachelor degree in psychology (Honours I or IIA) or a combination of an approved 4-year degree in psychology and an approved masters degree.

Applicants must be eligible for provisional or if applicable, full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Applicants with non-Australian degrees must have their qualifications assessed by the APS.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Doctor of Psychology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Doctor of Psychology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

Students will undertake 1,500 hours of supervised clinical practice in areas such as child and family, clinical neuropsychology and older adults. During their placements, students will have the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge acquired through coursework and research to practice and develop their clinical skills in real life settings.

Further information about clinical placements is available from the School of Psychology.

Students may be required to undertake clinical placements outside of the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are required to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists

Accreditation body

The Doctor of Psychology is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Professional registration

Graduates may be eligible for registration with the following professional bodies:

  • Psychology Board of Australia

Please contact the relevant professional body for details about registration. Completion of the Doctor of Psychology may not result in automatic registration for graduates.

Courses and Programs

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Doctor of Psychology.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology

This field provides a focus on clinical psychology training in the application of evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention to help people to enhance their functioning and reduce psychological distress while allowing specialisation in neuropsychological theory and practice in the assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders associated with dysfunction of brain processes or head injury.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists apply evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention to help people to enhance their functioning and reduce psychological distress. They have expertise in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide range of issues including anxiety; depression; substance abuse; couple, parenting and family problems; adjustment to physical illness and learning difficulties.

Clinical Psychology and Clinical Geropsychology

This field provides a focus on clinical psychology training in the application of evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention to help people to enhance their functioning and reduce psychological distress while allowing specialisation in clinical geropsychology applying practical knowledge of primary prevention strategies, clinical intervention, and rehabilitation for older people.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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