Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology

Swinburne University of Technology

Course details

CRICOS course code: 064191C

Level of study: Postgraduate


This higher degree by research combines intensive high-level research training with training in the professional skills of clinical psychology. Clinical psychology is a specialisation focusing on psychopathology and the assessment and treatment of clinical disorders across the life span. Students will develop advanced knowledge/skills and experience in psychopathology, assessment and therapeutic interventions for adults and children suffering from clinical disorders.

Career opportunities

Graduates are equipped for careers in clinical psychology in universities, research centres, psychiatric hospital settings, community mental health centres, and in specialist services for particular clinical groups, clinical rehabilitation services and private practice.

Aims and objectives

The program is designed to meet the strong demand for professionals who have completed a high level of training in clinical psychology and related skills, and who possess highly developed skills in undertaking research in clinical psychology.

Course description

Click here for more details on this course.

Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
36,360 Per Year Sep 2022
Oct 2022
Nov 2022
4 years
Full time
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122

Entry criteria

Completion of 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 Accreditation Council (APAC), or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by APAC, or a masters degree in psychology recognised by APAC

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

Demonstrated possession of an appropriate level of knowledge and skill related to research. In accordance with the guidelines set by Swinburne Research, to have applied for and gained candidature approved by the Swinburne Higher Degrees Committee. Applicants who fail to gain candidature will not be eligible to continue in the doctoral program and may choose to apply for a place in the masters program.

English language requirements

  • minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0 or a TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 (with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20); or Pearson (PTE) 58 (no communicative skills less than 50) no longer than 24 months before submitting your application
  • satisfactory completion of Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
  • successful completion of a total of 24 months (full time equivalent) of formal study where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 7 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no longer than 60 months before submitting your application.


Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
Back to the top of this page