Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Integrated) in Psychology

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 088592K

Level of study: Postgraduate

Summary

Become a leading researcher in psychology, with additional support and guidance. Our integrated program offers psychology graduates an alternative path to a doctoral degree.

Integrated PhD in Psychology program

During the first year of our integrated program, you’ll receive training in best-practice research methods. This allows graduates of our Bachelor of Psychology or similar to undertake a PhD, without previous thesis-research experience.

On passing the first-year components with a 70% average, you’ll begin your own original research, graduating in the standard timeframe.

You’ll make real contributions to the psychology field through an original PhD thesis in one of research-focus areas. Our expert staff offer world-class opportunities for interdisciplinary research.

You’ll present your research in a variety of contexts, including journals and conferences.

Pathways to a PhD in psychology

We have many postgraduate courses in psychology where you can consolidate your study and take your career to a new level.

A suggested pathway to your PhD is to undertake a research masters following your bachelor degree. Having successfully completed the first year of the PhD (Integrated) program, you may then progress to a PhD program.

In order to practise as a psychologist, you must complete an appropriately accredited postgraduate course. The Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) and the Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) consist of course work, work placements and a research thesis. Graduates are eligible for practice accreditation, and registration with the AHPRA. After completing the applied masters degree, you may apply to the doctoral program.

Course structure

To attain the award of Doctor of Philosophy through undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) students will be required to completed in total 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies in Year 1
  • 24 credit points of Elective studies in Year 1
  • 288 credit points of Thesis units as per standard PhD

Careers in psychology research

A PhD will enhance your career opportunities in applied health settings. The Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology) qualifies you to work as a clinical psychologist, following registration with the AHPRA. Adding a PhD increases your expertise and specialist skills in health-related research.

You’ll also graduate ready for a research career in government, health institutes or universities.

Job titles include:

  • psychologist
  • researcher
  • policy adviser
  • university lecturer
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    Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
    31,400 Per Year
    Read more15,700 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
    Feb 2022
    Jul 2022
    4 years Full time Footscray Nicholson Campus
    Corner of Nicholson and Buckley Streets
    Melbourne Victoria 3011
    Australia
    31,400 Per Year
    Read more15,700 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
    Feb 2022
    Jul 2022
    4 years Full time Victoria University
    Footscray Park campus
    Ballarat Road
    Melbourne Victoria 3011
    Australia
    31,400 Per Year
    Read more15,700 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
    Feb 2022
    Jul 2022
    4 years Full time St Albans Campus
    McKechnie Street
    Melbourne Victoria 3021
    Australia

    Entry criteria

    Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

    English language requirements

    IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

    TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

    Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

    University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

    VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved

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    Victoria University
    Footscray Park campus
    Ballarat Road
    Melbourne Victoria 3011
    Australia
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