Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

Information valid for students commencing in 2014.

Course code




Course type

Doctoral Degree (Professional) (AQF level 10)

Professional accreditation status

This new course will be conditionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) until there are graduates and at that time it will receive full accreditation. Graduates of this course will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Requirements for admission can be found at See HDR Degree Requirements

AQF level 8 Bachelor of Psychology Honours degree with an award level of at least Class IIA, including a total of at least one semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the honours award level.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)


Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements

Demonstrated interpersonal skills and suitability for Clinical Psychology

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate systematic and critical understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of the field of clinical psychology and related areas of clinical practice

  • Adapt and apply substantial knowledge of research principles and methods and ethical practices in psychological research, including adherence to James Cook University's Research Code of Conduct

  • Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of clinical practice including application of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and outcome evaluation

  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate theoretical propositions, methodologies and professional practice to identify and systematically investigate a complex research problem or related problems

  • Apply expert English language, technological and numeracy skills to communicate original research cogently for external examination against international standards and disseminate and promote new insights to peers and the community

  • Exercise authoritative judgement and full responsibility and accountability to solve complex problems, make expert decisions, generate new knowledge and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse research and clinical practice contexts

  • Design, implement, analyse and theorise research that makes a significant and original contribution to an area of professional clinical psychology with intellectual independence, initiative and creativity.

Course Structure



RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates

RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates

PD7009:00 Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Clinical Psychology)



Level 5

PY5001:03 Psychological Assessment

PY5003:03 Adult Psychopathology

PY5006:03 Clinical Neuropsychology

PY5007:03 Health and Rehabilitation

PY5011:03 Methods of Intervention 1

PY5012:03 Methods of Intervention 2

PY5013:03 Working With Clients

PY5017:03 Psychosocial Elements of Ageing

Level 6

PY6015:03 Child and Family Therapy or PY6017:03 Psychology and Disorders of Later Life

PY6001:04 Practicum 1

PY6002:04 Practicum 2

PY6003:04 Practicum 3

PY6221:03 Advanced Practicum A

PY6222:03 Advanced Practicum B





Available for mid-year entry


Available for mid-year entry


Expected time to complete

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

8.5 years

Maximum leave of absence

6 months


Supervising body

Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)

Confirmation of candidature

See HDR Degree Requirements


See HDR Degree Requirements


See HDR Degree Requirements

Subsumption of coursework subjects

Subsumption permitted

Maximum credit points of coursework subjects

36 credit points of PY subjects specified in the COURSEWORK component of course structure

Allowed coursework subjects

As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School

Accreditation requirements

Graduates of this course will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.

Advanced Standing


Candidates who have successfully completed any PY subjects listed in the structure of the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) while enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at JCU, will be eligible for those subjects to be credited towards the DPsych(ClinPsych).

Candidates who have completed subjects that are part of an APAC-accredited postgraduate program at another Australian university may apply for advanced standing for those subjects towards the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) degree at JCU. Advanced standing normally will be granted where a subject completed elsewhere is, in the opinion of the Director of Professional Programs and the Dean, Graduate Research School, equivalent to a subject that forms part of the JCU Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program.

Maximum allowed

The amount of advanced standing to be awarded shall be determined by the RESC on the recommendation of the Dean of the College.

The maximum allowed is 36 credit points

Other restrictions

The University will not normally accept a candidate who has been enrolled at another institution for more than two years (full-time equivalent) or release a candidate who has been enrolled for more than two years (full-time equivalent).

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of major on testamur

Not applicable – this course has no majors.

Exit with lesser award

After examination of the thesis, and subject to the requirements under HDR Degree Requirements, the RESC may approve the degree be not awarded but that the candidate be awarded an appropriate Masters degree.