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Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (ARWU) Armidale, Australia
The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) course aims are to provide a program of independent, supervised research for high calibre graduates that makes a substantial and original contribution to scholarship and mastery of an academic field of knowledge. 
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The University of New England is committed to maintaining its strong research culture, underpinned by high research training standards. The University Doctor of Philosophy Rules provides the framework for the University's highest level award. 

They provide the rigorous processes that are essential for the maintenance of academic quality and integrity in the University's operations, and that reflect the University's values of providing a formative, respectful, inclusive, flexible and innovative environment for the delivery of high quality research training for its students.

Eligible domestic higher degree research students may be awarded an Exemption Scholarship to cover the cost of academic tuition fees.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

exhibit an expert understanding of an academic field of knowledge relevant to Clinical Psychology by: (a) having systematically acquired a substantial body of intellectual skill and experience that is grounded in contemporary developments in the field of Clinical Psychology; (b) creating and communicating original scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review, extending the frontier of the field of knowledge and potentially meriting publication: (c) demonstrating thorough knowledge of research principles and methods applicable in advanced academic inquiry;

conduct research independently and systematically by: 

  • conceptualising, designing and implementing a project which will increase knowledge that is applicable or contributes new insights to the field of Clinical Psychology;
  • evaluating ideas and making informed judgments on complex issues or challenges in the field of specialisation; 
  • communicating ideas, methodologies and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and

To be accountable for their own learning and professional training by: (a) demonstrating the capacity to undertake further learning and/or a further career in or around research at an advanced level, and contributing substantially to the development or dissemination of new techniques, ideas or approaches; (b) displaying the qualities and attributes necessary to exercise personal responsibility and autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, whether in professional environments or in the public domain.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 96 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    192 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Adult Psychological Disorders
  • Clinical Psychological Assessment
  • Counselling Skills and Professional Practice
  • Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Environmental Psychology: How to Tame an Ecological Killer
  • Clinical Psychology Placement 
  • Health Psychology, Rehabilitation, Older Adults
  • Advanced Topics in Clinical Psychology
  • Thesis

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

1.1. Admission to candidature in the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) (PhD(ClinPsych)) may be approved by the Committee only when the Head of School has:

  • certified that the necessary facilities and appropriate support for the applicant undertaking the proposed PhD program are available; and
  • nominated an appropriate Principal Supervisor and Co-supervisor(s) in accordance with Rule 6.
1.2. The Committee may, on the recommendation of the relevant Head of School:
  • has a degree of Bachelor with at least upper second class honours (AQF Level 8) accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council; and

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26000 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    13340 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13340 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Armidale

  • 1500 - 2100 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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