Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

Program code

6003

Available at

Nathan

Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt

Logan

South Bank

Online

Offshore

Other

Duration

4 years full-time

Credit points

340

Offered in

No Intake

How to apply

Currently you cannot apply for this program. Please contact Student Administration if you have any questions.

Admission requirements

This program has been withdrawn and will not be available to commencing (new) students after Trimester 1-2018.
New students are referred to Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (6026) which will be offered from 2019.

The following University policy will apply to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs:

The higher degree research programs in Clinical Psychology are highly competitive and there are many more applicants than places available. Therefore, at Griffith there is a highly structured application process. Admission to all Clinical Psychology programs is restricted to students who are registered Psychologists or who are eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. The application process involves three stages.

Stage 1: The application

All applicants are required to demonstrate their capability for training in Clinical Psychology as follows:

  • Academic Achievement/Intellectual Ability: Applicants must have completed an Honours degree in Psychology (which involves an individual research project) at the level of First Class or Second Class (Division A) Honours and accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Candidates will also be considered if they have completed a Masters degree in Psychology if the Masters training program was APAC accredited and included a significant research component. Applicants who have completed comparable training and degrees outside Australia will be considered for admission but are advised to submit an academic transcript to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) which will assess whether their training is equivalent to an Honours degree from an Australian university. It is also highly recommended that students will have completed courses or units that are relevant to clinical psychology (for example, Abnormal Psychology, Counselling Psychology or Heath Psychology). The Grade Point Average in the undergraduate degree, fourth year and relevant courses will be taken into account.
  • Interpersonal and Counselling Capability: Given the interpersonal sensitivity and awareness required for effective clinical practice, successful applicants will be expected to demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills. This may be demonstrated by evidence of previous counselling training and relevant volunteer or work experience.
  • Statement addressing the selection criteria: For assistance with this statement, see the position description for a Clinical Psychology trainee and the self-assessment / colleague-assessment checklists.
  • Support from Referees: Three referee reports are required - two from academics who know your work well and a third from a professional referee who can attest to your interpersonal and counselling capabilities. See below for the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System process.
Stage 2: The interview

Please note that, given the competitive nature of this program, only those applicants who have been evaluated by a panel of the clinical team as having demonstrated their suitability for training in clinical psychology (according to the above criteria and ranked sufficiently high enough relative to others) will be shortlisted for an interview. Applicants who are not shortlisted for an interview for the PhD in Clinical Psychology may still be considered for a PhD (research only) in Psychology.

The interview itself consists of a multi-station assessment process. Applicants are required to attend a face-to-face session that takes around half a day to complete. Applicants will be required to demonstrate sound interpersonal and emotion management skills as they respond to the various tasks at each station. Tasks include, for example, responding to an ethical dilemma, roleplaying an interview, roleplaying a supervision session, discussing research, responding to questions relating to their own reasons for applying for training in clinical psychology and a written task.

Applicants are assessed by a panel of clinical program staff in the multi-station interview process for selection into the clinical component of the program. Applicants will be ranked according to their performance at each station. For those ranked highly enough, a recommendation will be made to the Dean, Griffith Graduate Research School for admission to the PhD in Clinical Psychology program.

Stage 3: The selection

First round selection into the clinical component of the program will be made by mid-November to applicants who are ranked at a sufficiently high level. A waitlist of applicants will be retained as second and third round offers may be made as late as January. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised as soon as is practically possible.  

Offers of admission to the PhD Clinical Psychology Program (or the PhD research only program) will be issued by the Griffith Graduate Research School.

Successful applicants are admitted on a conditional basis with continuation in the training program being dependent upon satisfactory performance and progress.

Students should refer to the HDR Convenor prior to enrolling to confirm their study program.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are described below.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Griffith University awards credit for prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information see below.

How to apply

This program has been withdrawn and will not be available to commencing (new) students after Trimester 1-2018.
New students are referred to Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (6026) which will be offered from 2019.

To prepare for completing your application online, you will need to:

  • Review the information above relating to Stage 1 of the application process;
  • Complete the statement addressing the selection criteria;
  • Provide three referee reports - two from academics who know your work well and a third from a professional referee who can attest to your interpersonal and counselling capabilities. See below for the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System process.
  • Check the Admission and English Language Proficiency requirements to find out if you are academically qualified to apply for this program;
  • Check any program fees applicable to you if you were to undertake this program;
  • Develop a proposed Research Topic and Research Proposal in your area of interest;
  • Identify at least one potential Griffith supervisor who has reviewed your Research Proposal and has agreed to supervise you;
  • Attach a Curriculum Vitae (CV).

More detail on each of the above preparation steps, including what to feature in your Research Proposal or CV and how to find a supervisor, are outlined on the Higher Degrees Research - How to apply webpage.

Applying

Once you are ready to apply, you can add this program to your shortlist at the top of this page or apply for this program now (a maximum of three preferences is allowed).

Griffith will assess your first preference and will only assess subsequent preferences if you are not successful.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent an email about how to track your application.

For a full list of your incomplete or submitted applications, please view your application list.

Extra information

In addition to your online application, applicants who apply for the PhD in Clinical Psychology are required to address the selection criteria and use the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System. This system allows applicants for Australian higher degree programs in Psychology to apply for a reference from academic and/or professional referees and for these references to be shared with the nominated institutions.

The process is as follows:

  • The applicant registers online via the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System and pays the subscription fee.
  • The applicant nominates referees and indicates the programs and institutions to which they are applying. The applicant is required to provide three references.
  • The referees complete a reference online.
  • The applicant then allows the completed references to be shared with the programs to which they have applied.
  • This system is the same across all Australian Universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active subscription which can be paid through the 'My Account' section in the payment tab.
  • You will also be prompted to provide the details of referees in the online application for admission. As you will have already nominated referees via the separate Australian Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System, please enter your own email address in the referee contact section of the online application.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs in Psychology are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 7.0
  • English test results must be no more than two years old.

The Direct Entry Program (DEP) pathway is not accepted for this program.

Applicants who have not completed Grade 12 in Australia or have not completed six years of continuous education in a recognised country must meet the AHPRA English language requirements. Please visit the Psychology Board of Australia website for further English language requirements information.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Griffith University grants credit and recognition of prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information, please visit the following website:

Griffith's innovative Credit Precedent Database allows you to find out what credit decisions have been made in the past. These precedents will give you an idea of what you can expect.

Additional credit information

Credit for coursework may only be awarded if a substantially similar course has been completed in an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited postgraduate program.

Credit for placements cannot be awarded unless the placement has been completed as part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited postgraduate clinical psychology program and the credit application has been approved by the HDR Convenor.