Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology

Postgraduate Study


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Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology at Western

This degree provides an opportunity for exceptional students to gain the highest level of research training as well as specialised professional training in clinical psychology. Two strands reflect and facilitate the scientist-practitioner model of practice. The PhD in this combined program will engage future clinicians in research. Following commencement of the PhD, the Master of Clinical Psychology complements this study through academic programwork.
The combined degree provides thorough training in the knowledge, clinical and research skills necessary to understand dysfunctional behaviour and psychopathology, and to implement effective evidence-based interventions.
This is achieved through the following:

1. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree provides graduates with the training, education and capacity to complete a research project in a topic in clinical psychology at a high level of originality and quality. 

2. Specified programwork and 1000 hours of supervised placement within the Master of Clinical Psychology is designed to develop competent clinical psychologists with a thorough training in evidence-based clinical psychological theory and practice.

Professional accreditation

The Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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Fees and delivery

The Master of Clinical Psychology component of this degree is outlined in the Handbook. Click here to view all of the subjects you will be studying.

Fees: As a Domestic (HDR) student undertaking the M Clinical Psychology component, you are usually provided with a funded government place under the Research Training Program (RTP).

For the PhD component, this place is four and a half years full time. Overtime fees beyond this period may apply. 

There are overtime fees for Higher Degree Research studies where RTP and Western Sydney University funded EFTSL has been exceeded.

Delivery: On campus

This course is only available to domestic students.

Unfortunately, student visa holders are not eligible to study this degree.

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"For me, the most meaningful attribute of this combined degree was the supervision. Expert research and clinical supervision allowed for extensive guidance and support in navigating what is an incredibly interesting, complex and rewarding academic and professional pursuit."

Daniel Talbot, Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology

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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.  

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