Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Neuropsychology

Monash University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 095944K

Level of study: Doctoral Degrees


Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

This course provides doctoral training in both advanced clinical neuropsychology and advanced research.

Once completed, you will be eligible for full registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, and an area of practice endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology following completion of the 2 year registrar program.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Neuropsychology) is a graduate research degree that incorporates advanced clinical training in clinical neuropsychology. It integrates theory, practice and research to qualify you as a highly skilled clinical neuropsychologist, able to assess and treat children and adults with neurological and psychological disorders.

The program consists two years of intensive, skills-based coursework, three clinical placements in a range of hospital and community settings, and a research thesis that makes a significant contribution to the field of clinical neuropsychology.

This intensive coursework program includes units in neuroanatomy, neuropsychological assessment, ethics and professional practice, and neuropsychological rehabilitation.

You’ll apply this knowledge in a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical placements, exposing you to a diverse range of client groups. Our placements provide comprehensive experience in child and adolescent, acute neurology, geriatric, psychiatric and rehabilitation settings, including our renowned clinic, the Monash Psychology Centre.

You'll also conduct a major, supervised, research program and produce a 60,000 to 80,000-word research thesis on a topic relevant to clinical neuropsychology. This accounts for 70 per cent of the degree and allows you to substantially contribute to clinically relevant research knowledge, which may result in improved clinical practice.

The course is delivered by our Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, within the School of Psychological Sciences. Our researchers lead the way in investigating how such factors as addiction, neurodevelopment, brain injury, ageing, mood disorders and sleep affect mental health and behaviour.

Our teaching and research team comprises accomplished clinical researchers who have been internationally recognised through prestigious awards, as well as experienced practitioners and clinical supervisors who have been awarded for their educational excellence. Many of our staff maintain leadership positions for professional organisations in Australia and internationally.
More than 95% of our graduates are employed using their qualification, many of whom are in senior research and clinical positions in Australia and elsewhere.

You will study across our Clayton and Notting Hill campuses.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
50,800 Per Year Feb 2024 4 years
Full time
Monash University
Clayton Campus
Wellington Road
Melbourne Victoria 3800

Entry criteria

Require one of the following qualifications (to be completed within the past 10 years):

A three-year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate psychology sequence within a bachelor’s degree, and a fourth year APAC accredited psychology studies within an honours 1 or 2A degree in psychology;
Overseas psychology qualification/s considered equivalent to the above by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

IELTS 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL (paper-based) : 550+ TWE 4.5

TOEFL 79 + Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 & Writing 21

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 + communicative score 50

Cambridge English: 176 + no skill below 169


Monash University
Clayton Campus
Wellington Road
Melbourne Victoria 3800
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