The Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology provides you with an opportunity to gain the highest level of research and practical training in clinical psychology. The two strands reflect and facilitate the scientific-practitioner model of practice.
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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree provides training and education with the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. A PhD candidate will uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.
The Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) is designed to develop competent clinical psychologists who will receive thorough training in evidence based clinical psychology theory and practice.
The course provides thorough training in the knowledge and skills necessary to understand dysfunctional behaviour and psychopathology, and to implement effective evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioural therapy. You will complete specified coursework, a research project, and 1,000 hours of supervised experience in clinical and other appropriate settings.
The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
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Fees and delivery
Fees: As a Domestic (HDR) student you are usually provided with a funded government place under the Research Training Program.
As a PhD student this place is a maximum of four and half years full time.
As a Masters Honours student this place is a maximum of two and a half years full time.
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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Graduates will be able to pursue an academic, research career and complete the remaining requirements for the full endorsementof practice in clinical psychology.
- Department of health
- Mental and community health centres
- Disability and home care, private practices
- Rehabilitation, drug and alcohol centres
Psychologists investigate, assess and provide treatment and counselling to foster optimal personal, social, educational and occupational adjustment and development.
Academia involves being a Lecturer and/or Tutor as well as undertaking world-class research in psychology. As a teaching academic you prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study and conduct research in psychology.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (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 course 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 course past the normal finish date of the course 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 courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.