Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology

Monash University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 095943M

Level of study: Postgraduate


The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) is a graduate research degree which adheres to a scientist practitioner/ clinical science model of training, with a dual emphasis on clinical research and training for professional practice. It prepares graduates to work as clinical psychologists in both research and clinical contexts. This program is committed to training the next generation of leaders in clinical psychology, by enabling the trainees to conduct research that: a) advances the scientific knowledge of psychiatric disorders, and b) advances understanding of how to deliver evidence-based methods of assessment and clinical intervention for those with mental health problems.

The program is driven by a set of values that guide every aspect of the work. We believe we will be successful if our students are successful in developing, exciting, and meaningfully contributing to policy and advancements to the profession. We adhere to the highest professional standards in training clinical psychologists, and through our international and national networks we create the highest quality research experience for all our students. We also build and maintain relationships with students based on trust, are non-hierarchical and inclusive, and sustain a commitment to a duty of care to our students.

Our teaching and research team comprises accomplished clinical researchers who have been internationally recognised through prestigious awards, as well as accomplished practitioners and clinical supervisors. Many of our staff maintain leadership positions for professional organisations in Australia and internationally.

Our program integrates research, coursework, and clinical placements. Candidates are required to conduct a program of research in an area directly relevant to clinical psychology with close mentorship/ supervision provided by academic staff members. The program includes intensive skills-based coursework, as well as a minimum of 1,000 supervised placement hours. Our placements provide comprehensive experience with a diverse range of clinical populations in both public and private mental health care settings, including our renowned clinic, the Monash Psychology Centre.

Some further information:

Our program is 3.5 years in duration. We have structured the program so that there can be a focus on coursework and research in year 1, before the steep learning that occurs in developing clinical practice skills from year 2. To help connect the coursework with application in clinical practice, we also have a weekly case conference where those who are more advanced in the program present cases from their placement.

Our coursework is skill-focused, and is delivered by our team of accomplished clinician-researchers. The content reflects our team’s specialist expertise on topics such as: advanced psychopathology, psychological assessment, cognitive behavior therapies, and ethics and professional practice.

Then, the first placement is undertaken in year 2 at our very own Monash Psychology Centre, where all of our trainees have close supervisory support from an experienced clinician.

For the second and third placements, our trainees receive a broad experience of clinical work through our strong links with private and public hospital (in patient and outpatient), community mental health, and other health care settings. In total, our trainees attain a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical placements in the program. Our trainees become highly skilled in working effectively with individuals presenting with significant distress and serious emotional/ behavioral disorders across the lifespan.

You will study across our Clayton and Notting Hill campuses.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
48,800 Per Year Contact institution 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).

English entry requirements

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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