1.5 Professional doctorates

1.5 Professional doctorates

The professional doctorate is a research-based degree, oriented to the improvement of professional practice.

1.5.1 Doctor of Education (EdD)

This program is currently not being offered to commencing students. 

The key objective of the Doctor of Education program offered by the Faculty of Education is the improvement of professional practice by extending the knowledge, expertise and skill of EdD students through the application of research to educational problems and issues. 

Enrolment may be undertaken on a full-time or part-time basis and by on-campus or external mode. The course of study comprises two elements: doctoral-level units representing 25% of the work requirements and a thesis component of up to 75,000 words which is 75% of the workload. 

In keeping with both the intellectual and practical nature of the program, one examiner is to be an academic, while the other is selected for his/her expertise in professional practice.

1.5.2 Doctor of Psychology (DPsych)

The Doctor of Psychology degree is presently offered through the School of Psychological Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. 

It is intended that completion of the degree will qualify graduates for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and registration as a psychologist in the State of Victoria. The degree is also designed to satisfy the academic training requirements for membership of the relevant APS Colleges and for relevant specialist registration in the State of Victoria. The degree may be undertaken in either of two specialities: clinical or neuropsychological. 

The course comprises: supervised practica for the equivalent of 125 days comprising approximately 10% of the degree; doctoral-level psychology units representing approximately 20% of the degree; and a thesis of 60,000 to 70,000 words representing approximately 70% of the degree. 

The initial two years of the course must be completed on a full-time basis, after which the student may be enrolled on a full-time or part-time basis.

1.5.3 Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)

Not currently available.

1.5.4 Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Offered by the Faculty of Law, the Doctor of Juridical Science prepares students for high-level research and policy formulation roles in private practice and government. Taken on a full-time or part-time basis, the SJD has a 75% research component. The 25% coursework component consists of four elective units and a compulsory seminar. External mode is available for students in the research component of the course.

1.5.5 MPsych/PhD

1.5.5.1 Master of Psychology (Counselling)/Doctor of Philosophy

This program combines the coursework and practicum requirements of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited Master of Psychology (Counselling) degree with the thesis requirements of the PhD degree. Students begin by undertaking coursework units of the Master of Psychology (Counselling) degree (at least one unit of which involves a research project), while also preparing their research proposal for the PhD. Continuation to the PhD degree is granted if performance on all components meets the required academic standard. Graduates will gain advanced psychotherapeutic skills and competencies necessary for registration and practice in counselling psychology and, in addition, complete an applied research thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 words which will be an original and substantial contribution to counselling psychology.

1.5.5.2 Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/Doctor of Philosophy

This program combines the coursework and practicum requirements of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) degree with the thesis requirements of the PhD degree. Graduates will develop as independent specialist professionals with a commitment to learning across the lifespan of the theoretical, research, assessment and therapeutic skills involved in educational and developmental psychology. Students begin by undertaking coursework units of the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) degree (at least one unit of which involves a research project), while also preparing their research proposal for the PhD. Continuation to the PhD degree is granted if performance on all components meets the required academic standard. On completion of the course, students submit a PhD thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 words.

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