Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

University of Wollongong

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00102E

The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) is for graduates of a four-year accredited psychology program. It interweaves supervised research (which accounts for around two-thirds of the degree) with professional training and supervised placements. Under academic supervision, you will be trained in the skills of independent research through the submission of a PhD thesis. Supervised practice and structured learning provide a 5th and 6th year that meets the requirements for general registration as a psychologist, and to provide preparation for entry into a registrar program leading to an area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia. 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.


The program provides a comprehensive program of study of the professional practice of psychology including assessment, intervention, communication and ethics. It also provides specialised training and supervised practice in the assessment and intervention skills of clinical psychologists. Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, workshops, skills training, online and supervised work-based practicums, both at the University's Northfields Psychology Clinic and at external placements. The emphasis is on skills training and includes demonstration sessions, audio-visual recording of assessment and therapy, case presentations, role-play activities and feedback and reflection. You will also undertake substantial supervised research that makes an original contribution to the body of knowledge in clinical psychology.


  • Psychotherapy A
  • Psychotherapy B
  • Clinical Assessment and Interventions A
  • Clinical Assessment and Interventions B
  • Applied Interventions

Standard entry requirements

  • Students must have successfully completed a four year, or three years 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. 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.


The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th and 6th year program of study for the purpose of full registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, and to provide preparation for entry into a registrar program leading to an area of practice endorsement in clinical psychology with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Wollongong International: $138,240 No No information available

Further information

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 coordinated by NSW Health following enrolment

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