4 years full-time
8 years part-time
Exempt under RTP (more)
You can apply directly to Griffith University for entry into this program. To begin your application, add this program to your shortlist.
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Trimester 1, 2020
Orientation commences Monday, 17 February 2020
Monday, 30 September 2019.
Check the eligibility requirements in the sections on this webpage.
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.
All applicants are required to demonstrate their capability for training in Clinical Psychology as follows:
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.
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.
The following University policy will apply to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs:
The majority of scholarships are awarded in the annual scholarship round. Applications received at other times are considered on a case-by-case basis with scholarships awarded to high quality applicants. These include applicants from Australian institutions graduating in Trimester/Semester 1 and who wish to commence in Trimester 2. Applicants applying at other times should submit their application four months before the preferred intake date.
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.
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.
To prepare for completing your application online, you will need to:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.