Clinical Doctoral Programs Admission Process

Introduction to our Clinical PhD Program

Webinar: Our Clinical PhD Program - Panel Interview

Applications for the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) and Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Neuropsychology) are managed by Monash Graduate Research Office (MGRO) admissions team. BEFORE commencing the online application process, please read the special instructions for Clincal Doctoral Programs applications below.

Phase 1: Online application

Applications are submitted online. If your current results are unavailable, do not wait to submit an application. Where relevant, please supply the following, with relevant supporting documentation;

  • Academic Qualification/s - Academic Transcript/s showing marks/grades and where relevant, completion of course
  • Academic Award/s - Academic Transcript/s or letter from institution
  • Publication/s - proof of acceptance or publication of peer reviewed article or book/book chapter
  • Relevant Experience - offer letter or statement from your supervisor
  • Referees - see item 'A' below

We recommend you apply for both candidature and scholarship, if you are eligible.

You are strongly advised to commence the application process as early as possible, so that you can obtain all required supporting documentation by the deadline.

You do NOT need

  • an 'invitation to apply' (this can be overcome by uploading your CV, transcripts or a blank document instead),
  • to upload referee reports (this can be overcome by uploading your CV, transcripts or a blank document instead), please refer to our Extra requirements, Item A, below,
  • to find a supervisor, or
  • a detailed project proposal.

Extra requirements:



A: Three Referee reports

You must arrange for three confidential referee forms to be completed:

  • two academic referees (one of whom should be your research supervisor) and
  • one professional/academic referee (ie. a person such as an employer who has known you in a context other than the academic context).

It is essential that all applicants have a referee report from their current or past 4th year supervisor or coordinator (or Masters if applicable).

Applications for referee reports are only available here through

B: Personal Statement 

We ask that you prepare a written statement that outlines your vision for your career as a clinical psychologist or clinical neuropsychologist. Most of our previously successful applicants had a strong academic record and some practical experience or volunteer work experience related to clinical practice. This makes the personal statement a key factor in discriminating among a large group of strong applicants.

Your personal statement (about 700 words) should briefly discuss: 1) your prior experience and training, and how they contribute to your being a strong candidate for the program; 2) your research interests and how they align with one or more members of our staff; 3) your goals for postgraduate study; and 4) your career goals, including clinical research, clinical practice, teaching, training, and/or other activities.

C: Nominating a supervisor

Do not contact potential supervisors. Please submit the name of a potential supervisor without contacting the staff member. To find out more about the potential research projects, visit Supervisor Connect.  Click here for a list of projects on offer for 2022.

D: International Applicants ONLY:

D1: Assessment of your psychology qualifications

Applicants who completed their undergraduate psychology degree overseas must undergo an assessment of the equivalence of their qualifications by the Australian Psychological Society (APS): see

Please note assessments can take up to 8 weeks. Please attach the APS letter of assessment to the end of your academic transcript – i.e., scan your transcript and letter from the APS in together and upload them as one document, along with the letter from your university as described in the following section.

If you have not completed your overseas degree at the time of submitting your application, please add a note to your application saying that the APS assessment of your qualifications is pending completion of your degree.

D2: Letter from your University

All international applicants must also include a letter from your university stating your overall grade and ranking within the final year of your undergraduate psychology program.

Please attach the letter from your university to the end of your academic transcript – i.e., scan your transcript, letter from the APS and letter from your university in together and upload them as one document

D3: Obtain Police Check

Any applicant who has resided in an overseas country for 12 months or more in the last ten years should contact the relevant overseas police force to obtain a criminal or police record check. Victoria Police does not conduct international police checks.

Phase 1 closing dates

  • International applicantions - 31 August
  • Domestic applications for PhD Clinical Psychology and PhD Clinical Nerupsychology - 1 October
  • Domestic applications for PhD - 31 October

Phase 2: Interview

  • Short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews in early September (international applicants) and early November (domestic applicants). Zoom interviews will be available for students who are interstate or overseas at the time of the interview.
  • Interviews will generally be held at the Turner Clinics in Notting Hill. Selection panels normally comprise of three academic staff members who are also practising psychologists.

Phase 3: Commencement

  • Successful applicants:
    • will receive a provisional offer via email. These applicants will be invited to attend an information session in mid-late November.  At this session detailed information about the programs and research opportunities will be discussed
    • must consolidate thesis topic and formalise supervisory arrangements in order to accept your offer. A formal offer can only be made by Monash Graduate Research Office (MGRO).
    • will be invited to enrol early of the following year with compulsory orientation and workshops usually in the first week of February.

Unsuccessful applicants (as determined by the Selection Committee) may be considered to transfer their application to a research only PhD.