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Doctor of Psychology

Course structure

Coursework subjects

PSY523 Problems Emerging During Childhood and Adolescence
PSY524 Research Methods
PSY525 Human Neuropsychology
PSY531 Adult Mental Health

Specialisations

Forensic psychology

PSY526 The Forensic Psychologist in Practice
PSY529 Introduction to Forensic Psychology
PSY711 Advanced Forensic Psychology (full-time)
PSY712 Advanced Forensic Psychology (part-time)

Clinical psychology

PSY527 The Clinical Psychologist in Practice
PSY528 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
PSY704 Advanced Clinical Psychology (full-time)
PSY705 Advanced Clinical Psychology (part-time)

Dissertation subjects

PSY722 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (full-time)
PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (part-time)
PSY724 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) [for doctoral entry students during years 1-3]
PSY725 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) [for doctoral entry students during year three]

Enrolment pattern

Part-time

Year of intake Sequence B (2010)

Year 1

PSY523 Problems Emerging During Childhood and Adolescence (24 points)
PSY528 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
or
PSY529 Introduction To Forensic Psychology

Year 2

PSY531 Adult Mental Health (24 points)
PSY524 Research Methods

Year 3

PSY525 Human Neuropsychology (16 points)
PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (part-time) (64 points) (commenced)

Year 4

PSY526 The Forensic Psychologist in Practice (16 points)
or
PSY527 The Clinical Psychologist in Practice (16 points)
PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (part-time) (64 points) (commenced)

Year 5

PSY705 Advanced Clinical Psychology (32 points) (commenced)
or
PSY712 Advanced Forensic Psychology (32 points)(commenced)
PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (part-time) (64 points) (continued)

Year 6

PSY705 Advanced Clinical Psychology (part-time) (completed)
or
PSY712 Advanced Forensic Psychology (part-time) (completed)
PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (part-time) (completed)

Year of Intake Sequence A (2010)

Year 1

PSY531 Adult Mental Health (24 points)
PSY528 Introduction to Clinical Psychology
or
PSY529 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Year 2

PSY523 Problems Emerging during Childhood and Early Adolescence (24 points)
PSY524 Research Methods

Year 3

PSY525 Human Neuropsychology (16 points)
PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (part-time) (64 points) (commenced)

Year 4

PSY526 The Forensic Psychologist in Practice (16 points)
or
PSY527 The Clinical Psychologist in Practice (16 points)

Year 5

PSY705 Advanced Clinical Psychology (part-time) (32 points) (commenced)
or
PSY712 Advanced Forensic Psychology (part-time) (32 points) (commenced)
PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (part-time) (64 points) (continued)

Year 6

PSY705 Advanced Clinical Psychology (part-time) (completed)
or
PSY712 Advanced Forensic Psychology (part-time) (completed)
PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology) (part-time) (completed)

Doctoral entry (part-time) (Clinical or Forensic)

Year 1

PSY712 Advanced Forensic Psychology (32 points) (commenced)
or
PSY705 Advanced Clinical Psychology (32 points) (commenced)
PSY724 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology)* (32 points) (commenced)

Year 2

PSY712 Advanced Forensic Psychology (completed)
or
PSY705 Advanced Clinical Psychology (completed)
PSY724 Doctoral Dissertation (Psychology)* (completed)

Year 3

PSY725 Doctoral Dissertations (Psychology)* (32 points)

The full dissertation load comprises 64 points and is undertaken in years 1-3. Two subject codes are used to enable differing loads in years 1 and 2, and year 3. Students completing this specialisation graduate with the award Doctor of Psychology (Forensic) DPsych(Forensic).

Articulation

Currently, Charles Sturt University has a successful Master of Psychology program which focusses on clinical and forensic psychology, and which enables students to undertake a dissertation on one of these two areas.  The current Master of Psychology course was not designed to articulate with the proposed doctoral program.  This course will be slightly modified to articulate with the new program and the Master of Psychology will exist as an exit-point only

Professional recognition

Australian Psychological Society

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Doctor of Psychology aims to provide advanced knowledge and training to practitioners encompassing coursework, professional placement and the completion of a dissertation.

The chief objective of the Doctor of Psychology program is to provide advanced knowledge and training to practitioners. Specific objectives are to bring to their professional practice a clearer understanding of the relationship between research and practice, a clearer understanding of ethical issues, and advanced knowledge and skills in the student's chosen area of specialisation in clinical or forensic psychology.

Completion of the Doctor of Psychology involves coursework, professional placements and a dissertation reporting on the results of an empirical research project.

Professional accreditation

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

Residential schools

In the first four years of the course, there will be a compulsory residential school of between three and five days duration held every session. First session residential schools will be scheduled in either January/February, or April/May, and second session residential schools in September/October. In first year, students attend residential schools in January/February for five days, and in September for four days.

In each of the final two years of the course, a compulsory residential school will be held in January/February over 7 days

Research Component

The research component has two stages.  The first stage involves completing an eight credit point academic subject (PSY524 Research Methods) which develops research skills and knowledge for students to apply in clinical or forensic settings.  Both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies are employed.  The perspective presented in this subject is that research should be perceived as part of the psychologist's normal professional role.  The subject is taught in the second year prior to the students formally beginning their research for the doctoral dissertation. A component of this subject is the preparation of a written research proposal.  This proposal would normally form the basis for the dissertation subject commenced the following year.

During the third year students begin the research component of the degree (PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation). Working more closely with supervisors, students finalise the research design. The Research Proposal is presented in an open seminar to allow staff and peers to contribute to its final development. The major outcome of this stage of the course is the implementation of the research, under appropriate supervision by a member of staff, and the writing of the doctoral dissertation.

All students enrolled in PSY723 Doctoral Dissertation have at least one staff member appointed as primary supervisor. In some cases, where the expertise of more than one staff member is required, or where it is appropriate to have a field supervisor, a co-supervisor may also be appointed. Supervisors will be chosen on the basis of experience and knowledge in the area appropriate to the student's dissertation.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Bathurst

When

Session 1

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

6 years

International?

NO

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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