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Doctor of Psychology (Clinical)

A single three year research degree offered by the Research School of Psychology

  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
  • Academic plan 9063XDPSYC
  • CRICOS code 061826G
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
  • Academic plan 9063XDPSYC
  • CRICOS code 061826G

Program Requirements

The program will have three components: research thesis, clinical field placements and coursework. Each candidate must complete 96 units (67% of total weight) of research thesis and 48 units (33% of total weight) of coursework and field placements. The research thesis consists of an empirical research investigation and related research practicums.

Required courses:

PSYC9011 DPsych Clinical Coursework I

PSYC9012 DPsych Clinical Coursework II

PSYC9013 DPsych Clinical Coursework III

PSYC9014 DPsych Clinical Coursework IV

PSYC9015 DPsych Clinical Coursework V

PSYC9016 DPsych Clinical Coursework VI

PSYC9021 DPsych Clinical Field Placement I

PSYC9022 DPsych Clinical Field Placement II

PSYC9023 DPsych Clinical Field Placement III

PSYC9024 DPsych Clinical Field Placement IV

PSYC9025 Research Practicum I

PSYC9026 Research Practicum II

PSYC9001F Doctor of Psychology Research Component, Department of Psychology, SHPS


PSYC9001P Doctor of Psychology Research Component, Department of Psychology, SHPS

Admission Requirements

Honours degree in psychology at the IIA level or better, including completion of an undergraduate course in abnormal psychology at the 2nd, 3rd or 4th year level. Entry by a fourth year postgraduate diploma in psychology will also be considered. Diplomas must (a) be of honours standard, (b) contain a substantial research methodology component, and (c) be accredited for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

This program is currently under review and is not available for admission. 

The Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) degree is a three-year (full-time) program of coursework, clinical placements (1500 hours) and a research thesis (approx. 30,000 words). This degree is designed for those who wish to gain a more advanced training in clinical psychology than that available via the Masters program. The DPsych program emphasises the scientist/practitioner model of clinical psychology training. It does this by closely integrating research and practice and provides both extra professional clinical training and strong training in research skills via the increased research component. Graduates will have all the opportunities available to them that a Masters graduate would, with the advantage of advanced clinical and research training.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Career options following the Doctor of Psychology degree include public and/or private clinical psychology practice.
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