The program is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in clinical research relevant to their field of specialisation (clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology or educational psychology), usually in combination with professional research. It aims to provide students with the skills to work as a professional psychologist in the chosen domain of specialisation, and a thorough grounding in the knowledge base in that domain. It also provides students with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of original research in the domain of the specialisation, and to complete a thesis which:
- Shows evidence of command of knowledge in relevant fields;
- Demonstrates a thorough grasp of the appropriate methodological techniques and an awareness of their limitations;
- Makes a distinct contribution to knowledge;
- Demonstrates an ability to communicate research findings effectively.
MPsych/PhD students are expected to publish during their tenure and be able to commit to a minimum research study load of 75%. Please note that on average the research commitment is a minimum of 30 hours per week.
The combined degree program offers several advantages to prospective students interested in research in professional domains. Students undertaking the combined degree can complete the program in four years (rather than the five required by consecutive enrolments in the Master of Psychology and PhD programs) and undertake a PhD rather than a minor thesis.