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Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology), Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #301 (ARWU) Melbourne, Australia
The Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) program at the Swinburne University of Technology combines intensive high-level research training in clinical psychology and training in forensic psychology by way of coursework, clinical placements and a research thesis concerned with clinical forensic psychology.
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The Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) program at the Swinburne University of Technology will train highly qualified researchers and clinicians who can work in clinical and forensic psychology domains.

The programme

Overall the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical and Forensic Psychology) degree comprises:

  • Research (thesis and embedded research in the coursework)
  • Coursework component and
  • Placement component

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    100 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Counselling Theory and Skills
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • Adult Psychopathology
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Research
  • Forensic Psychology, Children and Families
  • Forensic Psychology, Theory and Practice 
  • Professional Ethics and Psychopharmacology                       
  • Health and Forensic Psychology (Civil) 
  • Clinical and Forensic Placement 
  • Research Project (Clinical and Forensic) 

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

CRICOS code 083182B

  • A four-year degree from an Australian university and to have completed a four-year sequence of studies in psychology at first or upper second class level in a course or courses accredited by the Australian Psychological Society
  • Experience in face-to-face counselling or significant training in counselling skills e.g. Lifeline, Care Ring, counselling skills in tertiary programs or other appropriate work experience, and
  • Demonstrated possession of an appropriate level of knowledge and skill related to research. In accordance with the guidelines set by the Swinburne Graduate Research School, to have applied for and gained candidature approved by the Swinburne Higher Degrees Committee. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35300 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35300 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32640 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 32640 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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