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Doctor of Psychology

Overview

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

This four year full-time program is intended for those 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.

During the program, you'll complete coursework covering clinical skills and assessment, professional, ethical and interpersonal competencies, and evidence-based practice. You'll also receive advanced training in clinical reasoning and research to develop your understanding of clinical psychology and effective therapeutic practice.

You'll undertake a substantial research thesis which will allow you to apply your skills and knowledge to deeply investigate your area of specialisation and build the foundation for your professional reputation and career.

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 in a real life setting.

The program is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia as providing suitable training towards eligibility for general registration as a psychologist. This program also has full accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5614
AQF
Level 10
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$42656 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021)
Program Code
5614
CRICOS Code
084717A
AQF
Level 10

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Broaden your clinical experience by completing at least 1500 hours of supervised clinical practice.
  • Establish your professional reputation through a research project and dissertation.
  • Learn from academics and staff who've made major contributions to the field.

23 in the world for psychology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology and Clinical Geropsychology

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Fieldwork

Placements and work experience

Students will undertake 1500 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 Placements website.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy
  • Behavioural Family Intervention
  • Clinical Leadership and Supervision
  • Doctor of Psychology Dissertation

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Clinical neuropsychologist
  • Clinical geropsychologist

Graduate salary

Psychology (postgraduate)

$69K–$81K

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Next steps after graduation

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.

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.

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

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

Professional registration

When you graduate, you may be eligible for registration with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to register.

  • Psychology Board of Australia

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Psychology is accredited by:

  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

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 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.

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 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.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 7; reading 7; writing 7; speaking 7; listening 7. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 100, listening 25, reading 25, writing 27, speaking 23.

TOEFL PB - Overall 600, listening 59, reading 59, writing 64/6.

Pearsons - Overall 72, sub bands minimum 72.

CES - Overall 185, All sub bands minimum 185.

BE and OET are not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Irrespective of professional background, entry to the program will be considered on the basis of previous academic study, experience and personal qualities.

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. For further information regarding the reference system including costs, visit www.psychologyreference.org.

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.

Additional application information

This program has limited intake capacity.

Applicants must submit a certified copy of their transcript and/or degree certificate and must nominate three referees and include the Psychology Additional Information form with their application.

Shortlisted candidates are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, references and interview.

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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Psychology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

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 enhance their functioning and reduce psychological distress.

It allows 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.

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Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists apply evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention to help people 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.

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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.

It allows specialisation in clinical geropsychology, applying practical knowledge of primary prevention strategies, clinical intervention and rehabilitation for older people.

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Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

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 enhance their functioning and reduce psychological distress.

It allows 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.

View

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychologists apply evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention to help people 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.

View

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.

It allows specialisation in clinical geropsychology, applying practical knowledge of primary prevention strategies, clinical intervention and rehabilitation for older people.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $42,656

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Doctor of Psychology for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

HECS-HELP

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.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,684

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This 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 (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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)

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - August 31 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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