- The Doctor of Clinical Psychology/ Master of Science (DCP/MSc) and Doctor of Clinical Psychology & Doctor of Philosophy (DCP & PhD) provide a professional postgraduate qualification in clinical psychology.
- The course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a 5th, 6th and 7th year of training, and is an approved qualification for Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Assocation (ACPA) and the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.
- The Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) also recognizes the course for the purposes of registration and for endorsement of practice in clinical psychology.
- The DCP/MSc and DCP & PhD degrees are recognized, in principle, by the New South Wales Department of Health as qualifying the holder for progression to the grade of Clinical Psychologist.
- Before commencing candidature in the DCP/MSc program, all students are required to have applied for provisional registration with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board.
- Students must hold provisional registration with the NSW Psychologists Registration Board in order to commence clinical placements in the first year of the DCP/MSc program.
Full Registration for the DCP/MSc
- Students will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, after at least three years of provisional registration, following the successful completion of all coursework, clinical placement and research requirements, including the award of the MSc thesis, for the the DCP/MSc program.
Full Registration for the DCP & PhD
- Students will be eligible for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, after at least three years of provisional registration, following the successful completion of all coursework, clinical placement and research requirements, including the award of the PhD thesis, for the the DCP & PhD program.
Clinical Psychology Registrar program
- In order to gain endorsement from the Psychology Registration Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist, following the completion of the DCP/MSc or DCP&PhD program, graduates need to undertake a one-year full time equivalent Registrar program.
The Clinical Psychology Registrar program is one-year full time equivalent program which involves clinical psychology practice, supervision, and continuing professional development.
- Students are eligible to apply to the Registration Board of Australia, seeking approval to undertake the Registrar program upon successful completion of all coursework, clinical placement and research requirements for the DCP/MSc or DCP&PhD program, including the award of the MSc or PhD thesis and eligibility for placement on the University graduand list.
- Upon graduation, students are eligible for membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and Associate Membership of the Australian Clinical Psychology Association if they are completing supervised clinical practice.
- The basic eligibility criteria in order to be appointed as a PBA Authorised Supervisor, is three years of full registration.
- In order to supervise students enrolled in an APAC accredited 5th and 6th year program such as the DCP/MSc, Supervisors should be eligible for membership of the APS Clinical College, be registered as a Psychologist and have at least 2 years of full time clinical experience following completion of their postgraduate psychology degree.
- In regards to international equivalency for accreditation and registration of the DCP/MSc and DCP & PhD, students are advised to contact the relevant accreditation and registration bodies in their own country for accurate advice.
- However, with careful selection of clinical placements and additional clinical placements hours DCP/MSc graduates can meet UK standards. Those students who upgrade to a DCP & PhD, can meet US and Canadian standards.
English language skills
- At admission to the DCP/MSc and DCP&PhD program, students must have demonstrated english language proficiency at IELTS academic level 7, that is a minimum overall score of 7, and a minimum score of 7 in each band, if their tertiary qualification was not completed in Australia or obtained from a University or other institution where the language of instruction was not English.
- It is also a requirement for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), that applicants seeking registration must be able to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS academic level 7. Noting test results from examinations will generally need to be obtained within two years prior to applying for registration.