Why study the Doctor of Psychology

This program is intended for practitioners who aspire to excellence and leadership in the profession of clinical psychology. The program entails a substantial empirical research thesis, specialist placements and advanced professionally oriented coursework, with opportunities for specialist concentration in areas such as child and family, clinical neuropsychology and older adults. Student's will gain a foundational knowledge of scientific bases and practice of clinical psychology as well as undertaking training in clinical practice which employs evidence-based best practice models in mental health settings.

Summary

  • Program code
    5614
  • Faculty
  • Duration
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (27 Feb, 2017)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    64
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 10

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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

Program structure

Courses

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 the General Award Rules. The General Award Rules, along with other policies and regulations, can be found on the University Rules page.

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

While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.

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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