Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time
8 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

Exempt under RTP (more)

Commencing in

Trimester 1

Next start date

Trimester 1 2020

Applications close

Monday, 30 September 2019

Next scholarship round closes

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 (more)

My details

Programs change over time. Course lists and requirements are specific to the year you started studying.


To be eligible for the award of Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhDClinPsych), a candidate must acquire 360 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 240 credit points for the research component;
  • gain 70 credit points for the coursework component;
  • gain 50 credit points for the practicum component.

All components of the program are compulsory and must be completed in accordance with the following progress requirements for the program:

  • the research component will be assessed by an examination of the research;
  • to satisfactorily complete the coursework, a student must pass each individual piece of assessment;
  • to pass the practicum work, a student must pass Practicum 1-4.

Progress review requirements

Completion of progress reporting requirements is a condition of continued candidature for higher degree research programs. The following progress review requirements must be completed for the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology program:

  • completion of the Early Candidature Milestone within 6 months (equivalent full-time) of commencement
  • completion of the Confirmation of Candidature Milestone within 1 year (equivalent full-time) of commencement
  • completion of the Thesis and Candidature Review Milestone within 3.5 years of commencement for full-time candidates or within 6 years of commencement for part-time candidates
  • completion of a progress report in years where a milestone is not completed.

Designated courses for the purposes of exclusion

The courses listed below are designated for the purposes of the Academic Standing, Progression and Exclusion Policy. A student who fails a designated course will be subject to review by the Health Assessment Board and may be excluded from the program.

Note: The Psychology Board of Australia is concerned with the protection of the public and, therefore, if a student fails a practicum unit, they may (with approval of the Program Director) repeat a practicum unit. A second fail of a practicum unit will result in being excluded from the program and this may result in a change to the eligibility to continue as a registered Psychologist in Australia.

Trimester Course code Course title CP
Tri 1 8181PSY Practicum 1  10
Tri 2 8180PSY_P1 Practicum 2A  10
Tri 3 8180PSY_P2 Practicum 2B  10
Tri 1 8183PSY Practicum 3  10
Tri 2 8184PSY Practicum 4  10

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level and Type

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. This qualification is accredited as an AQF Level 10 - Doctoral Degree.

Program learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes communicate to the community the value of the Griffith educational experience as benchmarked against national qualification standards.

Program Learning Outcomes for this award describe the knowledge, skills and the application of knowledge and skills you will acquire through studying the Griffith program of your choice.