Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology)

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Course overview

James Cook University’s postgraduate programs in Clinical Psychology are designed to equip graduates with advanced academic and practical training for professional practice.

The postgraduate programs prepare graduates for enriching and fulfilling careers in psychology and provide a pathway for registration as a psychologist in Singapore and Australia.

The program in Singapore is an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited offshore program. You will benefit from training in state-of-the-art facilities.

The professional programs encompass 3 main components:

  • Academic Coursework
    The coursework modules are usually delivered as 6 full-day workshop format. Students are actively engaged in presentations, role-plays and group discussions.
  • Supervised Practica
    There is a total of 1,000 practica hours for the Masters program (students in the Doctoral program will complete an additional 500 hours), which are conducted in our on-campus Psychology Clinic and in external clinical settings.
  • The Research Thesis
    The master’s research thesis involves conducting a project focusing on an area of clinical psychology and writing it up as a conventional research dissertation or combination of a literature review and journal article. Students in the doctoral program conduct a project on an area of clinical psychology and write it up as a conventional research dissertation, which is equal to that of a PhD.

Note: This program is only available for Singapore citizens, Singapore PR or Dependant Pass Holders

Disclaimer: Please refer to the Psychology Board of Australia and Australian Psychological Society website for recent updates on registration as a practicing psychologist in Australia

Start dates
4 years full time | 8 years part time
Study mode
On campus


Course Structure

2 semesters per year

Study Program

Students are required to complete 96 credit points:

Year 1, Semester 1
12 credit points
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Working with Clients
  • Adult Psychopathology
  • Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates
Year 1, Semester 2
13 credit points
  • Methods of Intervention 1
  • Child and Family Therapy
  • Practicum 1
  • Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates
Year 2, Semester 1
13 credit points
  • Health and Rehabilitation
  • Methods of Intervention 2
  • Practicum 2
  • Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates
Year 2, Semester 2
13 credit points
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Practicum 3
  • Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Clinical Psychology)
Year 3, Semester 1
12 credit points
  • Psychosocial Elements of Ageing
  • Advanced Practicum A
  • Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Clinical Psychology) continues
Year 3, Semester 2
9 credit points
  • Advanced Practicum B
  • Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Clinical Psychology) continues
Year 4, Semester 1
12 credit points
  • Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Clinical Psychology) continues
Year 4, Semester 2
12 credit points
  • Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Clinical Psychology) continues.

For a comprehensive listing and outline of the respective course subjects, please click here.

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Australian Qualification Framework (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.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their interpersonal skills and suitability for Clinical Psychology in an interview. Clinical experience and knowledge of psychometrics would be an advantage.

Application forms must be submitted together with certified true copies of academic transcripts, two referees’ reports and a résumé.

English Requirements

  • Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of IELTS 7 (no component lower than 7.0), TOEFL (Internet Based) 94 (23 in Speaking, 24 in Listening and Reading, and 27 in Writing), Pearson PTE Academic 65 (no component less than 65); or
  • Successful completion of other qualifications completed in English Language deemed comparable to Australian standards within the last two years on a case-by-case basis

Attendance Requirements

As this is a professional training programme, students are required to attend all classes.

Career Outcomes

The career of a professional clinical psychologist is potentially an enriching and rewarding one with many opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Clinical psychologists are also involved in training development, human resource management, consultancy and research.

Professional Recognition

Students who complete the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited sequence of Master of Psychology (Clinical) are eligible to apply for registration as psychologists with the Psychologists Board of Australia.

How to apply

Application Procedures

Only Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents, or Dependant Pass Holders are eligible to apply for this course due to the practicum components requiring full-time work equivalent.

Apply Online

How to Apply Online and Online Application Guideline.

Tuition Fees

S$126,367 (Domestic*)

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

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