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Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology)

The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) is a four-year research degree consisting of a substantial and original piece of clinical psychology research, plus field placements and course work.

This course provides you with an opportunity to pursue doctoral-level research in a specialised area of clinical psychology.

Supervised field placements and relevant coursework enable you to be at the forefront of your chosen profession.

The course aims to produce highly qualified scientist practitioners in clinical psychology.

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years
Start Date: March
Tuition Fee: $39,000
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
CRICOS code: 039996G
Delivery mode: On campus

What you will study

The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) consists of 144 units. To qualify for the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology), you must complete a thesis relevant to clinical psychology, embodying the research work done while enrolled and containing a significant contribution to knowledge of the subject (96 units), and 13.5 units of supervised practicum and 34.5 units of coursework. Topics cover areas such as counselling and professional issues, clinical child psychology, cognitive behaviour therapy, and psychopathology and psychopharmacology.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) are eligible for registration as psychologists, and qualified to work in a range of mental health settings. They are also well-placed for careers in research, academic and policy settings.

Professional recognition/accreditation

The program meets the requirements for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Upon graduating you can become eligible for membership of the College of Clinical Psychologists of the APS after completing post-degree supervision requirements as set out by the college. Completing approved post-degree supervision also allows you to practise as a clinical psychologist as set out by the Psychology Board of Australia.