Doctor of Clinical Psychology
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This degree will help you develop as a scientist-practitioner and make a substantial, advanced and ongoing contribution to the application of psychological knowledge. The combination of coursework, field placements and a research thesis will ground you in theory and practice. You will be able to assume full independent professional responsibility in clinical settings and maintain an enquiring research attitude in daily work.
- Offers a variety of coursework units and a significant research component
- Provides a comprehensive practical placement and advanced professional application seminars
- Gives you access to the Macquarie University Psychology Clinic as well as other facilities including the Emotional Health Clinic
|North Ryde (Sydney)|
Minimum course duration
3 years (full time)
Session 1 (March), Session 2 (August)
Macquarie University graduates of (within the last 10 years), or students in the Master of Clinical Psychology who wish to undertake more advanced training in clinical psychology.
• Australian APAC accredited Master of Clinical Psychology (or recognised equivalent) OR progression towards a Master of Clinical Psychology including recent successful completion of specified prerequisite units • Provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia • Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 7.0 overall, with minimum 7.0 in each band
All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements.
You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification
Work experience requirements
Assessment for admission is based on academic progress, a quality research project and personal suitability.
What you will study
|General requirements||Credit Points|
|Minimum number of credit points||96|
|Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below|
The following outlines the units (subjects) to be studied within this doctorate
This degree has conditional accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and the Psychology Board of Australia. You will be eligible to apply for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia after completing this degree. Completion of the Doctor of Clinical Psychology leads to endorsement as a clinical psychologist in Australia.
There are a range of career opportunities available in hospital settings, private practice, consultancy, and educational institutions.
My PhD research is in the area of child development, specifically the development of self-regulation and emotional-regulation in childhood and the role of sleep behavior and parenting. I am very fortunate to be working with a team of PhD researchers on a large research project examining parental age and the transition to parenthood. The benefits of studying within the Centre for Emotional Health include access to experienced researchers and interesting and varied weekly seminars and case presentations.
I completed both my undergraduate Psychology degree and Honours at Macquarie University and my Honours research was published last year.
I completed my combined PhD and Masters in Clinical Psychology in December 2008, and would recommend this degree to fellow students. My PhD research explored factors that maintain the cycle of excessive and uncontrollable worry in Generalised Anxiety Disorder. In particular, I investigated the proposal that worry serves as an unhelpful coping strategy motivated by intolerance of negative emotional states. My experience of postgraduate study within the Centre of Emotional Health has been very positive; learning is facilitated by the supportive environment and exposure to a range of experimental and treatment research and ideas.
I am now working within the Centre for Emotional Health as a Post-doctoral fellow on the Combined Alcohol & Social Phobia (CASP) treatment and research project.
A/Prof Andrew Baillie
Associate Professor Baillie is the Director of Postgraduate Coursework Committee in the Department of Psychology, Macquarie University, a practising registered clinical psychologist in New South Wales and a member of the Clinical College of the Australian Psychological Society. He has extensive experience in addiction and mental health research, resulting in numerous peer-reviewed publications. Associate Professor Baillie has particular expertise in thorough psychological assessment and treatment intervention for comorbid anxiety or depressive disorders. He also has an honorary appointment as a clinical psychologist in the Drug Health Services at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. You can find more information about him online.