Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Next start date
Semester One
Available locations
City, Tāmaki
Points
360
Programme type
Doctorate

Programme overview

Clinical psychology is a broad field of clinical practice and research within the discipline of psychology. This professional postgraduate qualification combines original research and clinical practice to prepare candidates for their career as a clinical psychologist. Candidates complete an honours year, specialising in Clinical Psychology, before entry into the three-year DClinPsy programme.

More information

Read the full programme regulations for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology in the University of Auckland Calendar.

Programme structure

Three years of full-time study.

Year 1:

  • PSYCH 801: Scientist-practitioner Model 1 (30 points)
  • PSYCH 897: Portfolio of Clinical Research Part 1 (15 points)
  • PSYCH 899: Thesis Part 1 (75 points)
  • Includes 200 hours of placement (as part of PSYCH 801)

Year 2:

  • PSYCH 802: Scientist-practitioner Model 2 (30 points)
  • PSYCH 897: Portfolio of Clinical Research Part 2 (30 points)
  • PSYCH 899: Thesis Part 2 (60 points)
  • Includes two placements of 200 hours each (as part of PSYCH 802)

Year 3:

  • PSYCH 803: Internship (60 points)
  • PSYCH 897: Portfolio of Clinical Research Part 3 (45 points)
  • PSYCH 899: Thesis Part 3 (15 points)
  • Includes 1500 hours of internship (as part of PSYCH 803)

The placement component is at least one child/family and one adult placement. Evaluation is by internal examination for individual courses/placements and external examination for the research components.

Entry requirements

My highest qualification is from:

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • Class of honours 2nd class division i

    • GPA of at least 6.0 in the preliminary Honours year
    • Demonstrate the ability and personal qualities necessary to pursue this programme of study.

Further programme requirements

Supervision and research requirements

Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry.

You must write an initial statement of research intent to demonstrate your research capability and experience.

All candidates will be interviewed as part of the assessment process.  

Programme-specific requirements

Entry to the DClinPsych is restricted to New Zealand and Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Entry into the clinical programme is limited to 11 students per year. Entry is based on application, selection and interview.

To gain entry into the three-year doctorate, you must first apply for and complete the clinical honours year, which includes passing courses in clinical theory and practice and an honours-level dissertation (PSYCH 708, 718, 723, 788 or their equivalents) with a GPA of 6.0.

Successful applicants who have completed an honours or masters programme, but have not fulfilled all the clinical prerequisite courses listed above, must complete these under a bridging programme.

Successful applicants who have already completed the clinical prerequisite courses during prior study will have a stand-down year while others in their cohort complete the bridging programme.

For more information and advice, contact our clinical programme staff.  

How to apply

Check out our guide to applying for a PhD or doctorate.

Programme requirements

Minimum programme requirements

Minimum requirements listed here are the likely grades required and do not guarantee entry. We assess each application individually and applicants may require a higher grade to be offered a place.

  • GPE Grade Point Equivalent6.0

    • GPA of at least 6.0 in the preliminary Honours year
    • Demonstrate the ability and personal qualities necessary to pursue this programme of study.
  • IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System6.5

Further programme requirements

Supervision and research requirements

Meeting our academic requirements does not guarantee entry.

You must write an initial statement of research intent to demonstrate your research capability and experience.

All candidates will be interviewed as part of the assessment process.  

Programme-specific requirements

Entry to the DClinPsy is restricted to New Zealand and Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

Entry into the Clinical programme is limited to one cohort of 11 students per year. Entry is based on application, selection and interview.

To gain entry into the three-year doctorate, you must first apply for and complete the clinical honours year, which includes passing courses in clinical theory and practice and an honours-level dissertation (PSYCH 708, 718, 723, 788 or their equivalents) with a GPA of 6.0.

Successful applicants who have completed an honours or masters programme, but have not fulfilled all the clinical prerequisite courses listed above, must complete these under a bridging programme.

Successful applicants who have already completed the clinical prerequisite courses will have a stand-down year while others in their cohort complete the bridging programme.

For more information and advice, contact our clinical programme staff.

How to apply

Check out our guide to applying for a PhD or doctorate.

How much does a Doctor of Clinical Psychology cost per year?

2017 fees

Domestic students
NZ$6,832.80*

Fees are set in advance of each calendar year and will be updated on this website. 2017 fees are inclusive of 15% GST, but do not include the Student Services Fee, course books, travel and health insurance, or living costs. Amounts shown are indicative only. In addition to the tuition fees, there is a Student Services Fee of $6.38 per point, estimated at $765.60 for full-time study (120 points). Fees will be confirmed upon completion of enrolment.

*Please note: amounts shown are indicative and estimates only.

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Cost of living

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Key dates

Application closing dates

Semester One 2018
1 November 2017

As part of the application process, you need to provide an outline of your proposed research project.

Although you are not required to nominate a doctoral supervisor as part of your initial application, you can look at supervisor profiles and research projects currently available through FindaThesis, or contact the Faculty of Science for further advice.  

Where could this programme take you?

Clinical psychologists are involved in professional practice, research, teaching and supervision, programme development and evaluation, consultation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health in individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. The application of clinical psychology is aimed at preventing, treating, and reducing emotional and psychological problems, personality issues, psychopathology and skill deficits underlying distress or psychological problems. The University of Auckland DClinPsy is approved by the New Zealand Psychologists Board. Graduates may apply to be registered in the Clinical Psychology Scope of Practice.

Jobs related to this programme

  • Clinical psychologist

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