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Doctor of  Psychology

Program code: 5614

Delivery location

St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

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 coursework 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.

  • Fast Facts

    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 27th in the world in the 2018 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 and 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.

View all fields of study for this program

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
  • 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.

Clinical geropsychology provides opportunities for work in aged-care assessment teams, long-term care facilities and community-based programs.

  • Why study

    How UQ Psychology is changing the world


  • Students
    "I chose to do a Doctor of Psychology at UQ because it has a good research background and will be a great stepping stone for me to practise as a psychologist. The specialisation in clinical and neuropsychology was definitely a valuable component that stood out to me. The lecturers and UQ Psychology Clinic staff provide an excellent learning environment that is supportive and encouraging." A Padmassini, Doctor of Psychology (clinical and neuropsychology) student, Singapore


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 10

Admissions criteria


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.

Learn more about the admissions process

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.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

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.

Government assistance


Domestic places in the Doctor of Psychology are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Find out more about HECS-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,566
Indicative fee 2019 Commonwealth supported place

An “indicative annual fee” is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place in the Doctor of Psychology. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees (student contribution amounts) will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value.

The Australian Government indexes student contributions each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Students are expected to fund travel and living expenses associated with placements, some of which may be outside the Brisbane metropolitan area.
  • Psychology Board of Australia Registration (approx total for 2 years $1000)


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Doctor of Psychology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Doctor of Psychology is 5614. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Additional application information

Detailed application requirements can be found on the School of Psychology website. Applicants must submit via the Online Application a Psychology Additional Information form, academic transcripts, and CV. In addition, three references will need to be submitted using the Australian Psychology Post-Graduate Program Reference Request System which requires an active subscription at a cost of $25. For further information regarding the reference system, visit

Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview. There are limited places available for this program. A limited number of places are available for suitably qualified applicants on the basis of equity and students identifying as Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply.

All successful applicants are required to apply for and gain provisional registration or if applicable, full registration, with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes the Board's English Language Proficiency requirements. Students must have registration prior to commencing their study and this must be maintained for the duration of the program.

This program has pre-placement requirements which must be met prior to commencement of the program or a placement course. Further details can be found on the Placement Ready website.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Doctor of Psychology is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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