Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

Course summary

This course is for graduates of a four-year accredited psychology program. It will suit those following a study pathway to registration and currently registered psychologists who intend to qualify for an area of practice endorsement with the Psychology Board of Australia. The degree provides opportunities for either clinical, academic or research careers.

This degree

The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) interweaves supervised research (which accounts for around two thirds of the degree) with advanced coursework and clinical placements. Teaching methods include face-to-face classes, weekend workshops and supervised clinical workshops at the University Northfields (Psychology) Clinic and at external placements. Skills training methods include demonstration sessions, recording and reviewing assessments and therapy, case presentations and role-play.

You will develop your thesis with the guidance of an expert supervisor and have some flexibility in the configuration of course work, clinical placements and research. Typically, coursework is completed in years one, three and four, with a sustained research focus throughout.

What you will study

The program includes subjects in child and adult assessment and psychopathology, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapies, neuropsychology and health and wellbeing.

It will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles of psychological assessment and therapy, and the clinical skills required to treat a wide variety of psychological disorders in children, adolescents and adults.

Candidates also undertake substantial supervised research that makes an original contribution to the body of knowledge in clinical psychology.

Course information

Study area

Psychology, Research

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

209

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

4 years full-time (10 sessions inc. 2 Summer Sessions) or part-time equiv.

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

003002G

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

Students must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an Honours degree of at least Class II Division 1 (or equivalent 4th year qualification) to be a successful candidate for the Clinical Psychology Program.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Application Information for Postgraduate Training in Clinical Psychology webpage. Here you will find step by step instructions and additional supporting documentation required to complete your application.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

100

22

22

22

22

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Distinction (weighted average mark of 75 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Record Check

The NSW Health Dept requires all staff, including students undertaking clinical placements, in positions dealing with children and patients vulnerable by reason of health status to undergo a criminal record clearance prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW Health System. This clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police Service and will be co-ordinated by NSW Health following enrolment.

International students are required to provide an official criminal record clearance, in English, from their home country PRIOR to their arrival in Australia.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $15,504
Full Course Fee: $124,032

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Students must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an Honours degree of at least Class II Division 1 (or equivalent 4th year qualification) to be a successful candidate for the Clinical Psychology Program.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Application Information for Postgraduate Training in Clinical Psychology webpage. Here you will find step by step instructions and additional supporting documentation required to complete your application.

Record Check

The NSW Health Dept requires all staff, including students undertaking clinical placements, in positions dealing with children and patients vulnerable by reason of health status to undergo a criminal record clearance prior to employment or placement in any capacity in the NSW Health System. This clearance will be conducted by the NSW Police Service and will be co-ordinated by NSW Health following enrolment.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $15,504
Full Course Fee: $124,032

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences:
26 February 2018

Applications Close
17 October preceding session Session Commences

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) will be able to:

Knowledge:

  1. Demonstrate a detailed and specialised knowledge of psychological principles, professional ethics and standards (including the ethical, legal and professional aspects of psychological practice), theories of individual and systemic functioning and change, dysfunctional behaviour, psychopathology, the cultural bases of behaviour and organisational systems.
  2. Demonstrate a detailed and specialised knowledge in conducting systematic psychological assessment including diagnostic classification systems and the limitations of psychological tests.
  3. Demonstrate a detailed and specialised knowledge in a range of intervention techniques and strategies including their empirical and theoretical bases, for both individuals and groups.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of and fluctuations in the development of the therapeutic relationship and strategies to manage these processes
  5. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the process of research data evaluation and its relevance to psychological practice, articulated through a ‘scientist-practitioner’ perspective.

Skills:

  1. Apply ethical principles effectively to complex ethical dilemmas and generate appropriate responses to such dilemmas.
  2. Determine the most appropriate assessment to administer based on synthesis of complex problem presentations, ancillary data and relevant psychological theories.
  3. Administer and interpret a range of specified tests including intelligence, personality, and memory tests and the mental status examination.
  4. Carry out structured and unstructured interviews, selection interviews, survey interviews, clinical interviews for diagnostic purposes including history taking, and group-based interviews.
  5. Systematically observe behaviour involving both naturalistic and clinical observation and using predetermined procedures for observing the behaviour of one or more persons.
  6. Demonstrate mastery in counselling skills, including micro-skills, rapport building skills, core behaviour change skills and cognitive behavioural approaches.
  7. Develop creative strategies, founded on empirically derived intervention techniques, to overcome impediments in interventions.
  8. Critically evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, using validated instruments and protocols, and respond to evaluation data appropriately.
  9. Convey, appraise and interpret information with accuracy in both oral and written formats, appropriate for a variety of audiences.

Applications:

  1. Display conduct or behaviour consistent with the legal requirements and codes of conduct relevant to psychologists.
  2. Promote, restore, sustain or enhance cognitive functioning and a sense of well-being in individuals or groups of clients through preventive, developmental or remedial services.
  3. Interact on a professional level with a wide range of client groups and other professionals.
  4. Apply research knowledge and skills to psychological practice.
  5. Engage in extensive systematic inquiry involving problem identification and the acquisition, organisation, and interpretation of information allowing critical analysis and disciplined, rigorous, careful and scientific inquiry into psychological phenomena.  

Course Structure

Students enrolled in the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) are required to complete at least 192 credit points, including:

  1. Coursework to the value of 40 credit points;
  2. Practicum to the value of 24 credit points; and 
  3. Research training to the value of at least 128 credit points.
Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
PSYP911Child and Adult Assessment and Psychopathology6Autumn
PSYP912Principles of Psychotherapy8Autumn
PSYP914Cognitive Behavioural Therapies8Spring
THES916Thesis Part Time16Annual, Autumn, Spring
PSYP923Practicum 112Annual
Year 2
THES924Thesis Full Time24Autumn
THES924Thesis Full Time24Spring
Year 3
THES924Thesis Full Time24Autumn, Spring
PSYP913Neuropsychology & Neuropsychiatric Disorders6Spring
THES916Thesis Part Time16Annual, Autumn, Spring
Year 4
PSYP915Health and Wellbeing6Autumn
THES912Thesis Part Time12Autumn
PSYP924Practicum 212Annual
PSYP916Special Groups and Methods6Spring
THES912Thesis Part Time12Spring

 

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) for Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, and as a qualifying degree for entering a registrar program leading to endorsement in Clinical Psychology.

Why choose this course

The UOW School of Psychology offers excellent facilities supporting quality education and first rate research. The Northfields (Psychology) Clinic located on-campus provides training and supervision of graduates in clinical psychology through a psychological service provided to the community. The Faculty has an active program of research support to assist you to meet the milestones of the research process. Well supported laboratories and clinical research facilities ensure you have access to the tools to ensure your research meets international standards.