Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

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Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

JCU's professional doctorate, the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), provides advanced training in several areas of professional psychology. It is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Townsville, Singapore
NOT offered in Townsville until 2020
Start dates
4 years full-time
Study mode
On campus

Course highlights

The JCU Department of Psychology at has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.

Tutorial classes are amongst the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalised assistance. The Department has very well-equipped, modern facilities on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses and excellent research infrastructure.

Course overview

Our Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program provides you with advanced training and practical experience aimed at improving specialist skills. You will also complete specialised coursework components, build on your existing knowledge base and undertake a substantive research dissertation.

This course is available in Townsville (currently not offered until 2020) and can be studied either full-time or part-time. It can also be studied by limited attendance.

What you need to know before applying

You will need to supply the following with your application

  • Previous and current certificates and academic transcripts
  • Grading Scale used at the institution/s you have undertaken your studies
  • English proficiency test results (if required and available at time of application)
  • Passport to confirm your name and citizenship (if available at time of application)
  • Detailed curriculum vitae with your work and academic history
  • Personal statement outlining why you are interested in this degree (100-250 words)
  • Accreditation letter from the Australian Psychological Society (see “before you apply” above for details)
  • 2x academic or work related referees to provide a reference for you. Referees need to complete the Referee Report form and send by email (preferred), fax or post (see below for contact details).

Certified copies and original documents

Posted, faxed, scanned or uploaded copies can be used during the assessment process. However once your application is approved you will need to supply original certified documents. These may be posted to:

Postal address:
International Admissions,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

If documents are written in a language other than English you will need to provide certified translations and a certified copy of the original document.

An acceptable certified document is a photocopy of an original document that has been certified as a true copy and signed by the certifier - public notary, registered agent of James Cook University or a representative of the institution. The certification must be original; photocopies or facsimiles of certified copies are not acceptable.

How to apply

This course is not offered in Townsville until 2020.

Visit the Graduate Research School Prospective Students for more information, and then:

Apply now through the Online Application Portal.

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.


Doctor of Psychology [Clinical Psychology]

Handbook year


Course code


Course type

Doctoral Degree (Professional) (AQF level 10)

Professional accreditation status

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). 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.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Requirements for admission can be found at 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.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)


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.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustmentsReasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree.  Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

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

PY6001:04 Practicum 1

PY6002:04 Practicum 2

PY6003:04 Practicum 3

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

PY6221:03 Advanced Practicum A

PY6222:03 Advanced Practicum B





Available for mid-year entry


Not offered for mid-year entry 2018. Not offered 2019.


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.

Application deadlines

  • 31 January for commencement in teaching period 1 (semester 1)
  • 30 June for commencement in teaching period 2 (semester 2)
Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – application deadlines vary for Singapore and Brisbane. View academic calendars.

Entry requirements

Completion of a first or second class honours degree from a course accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

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

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be issued a JCU degree offer conditional upon achieving the required scores in an approved English test. You can undertake an English program at JCU to improve your skills prior to sitting your English test. If you are interested in doing this please email

Fees and costs

Annual Tuition Fee: AUD$35,800 (Estimate only.)

For more information, refer to the relevant course fee information in the 2019 International Postgraduate Guide (PDF, 8305 KB)

A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

Student Visa holders must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their Student Visa (except Norwegian and Belgian citizens). Costs depend on the length of study and the number of dependants accompanying the student. For more information see Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Help with your application

If you need help with your application, would like to change your preferences (course, campus, commencing semester or major) after you have submitted your application contact International Admissions:


Phone: +61 7 4781 5601

Postal address:
International Admissions,
James Cook University,
Townsville QLD 4811, AUSTRALIA

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