Clinical Neuropsychology - 4586

Clinical Neuropsychology

Doctorate/PhD

Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

This course provides doctoral training in both advanced clinical neuropsychology and advanced research.

Once completed, you will be eligible for full registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, and an area of practice endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology following completion of the 2 year registrar program.

At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
Duration
  • 4 years (full time)
  • 8 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Course Handbook

The Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Neuropsychology) is a graduate research degree that incorporates advanced clinical training in clinical neuropsychology. It integrates theory, practice and research to qualify you as a highly skilled clinical neuropsychologist, able to assess and treat children and adults with neurological and psychological disorders.

The program consists two years of intensive, skills-based coursework, three clinical placements in a range of hospital and community settings, and a research thesis that makes a significant contribution to the field of clinical neuropsychology.

This intensive coursework program includes units in neuroanatomy, neuropsychological assessment, ethics and professional practice, and neuropsychological rehabilitation.

You’ll apply this knowledge in a minimum of 1000 hours of clinical placements, exposing you to a diverse range of client groups. Our placements provide comprehensive experience in child and adolescent, acute neurology, geriatric, psychiatric and rehabilitation settings, including our renowned clinic, the Monash Psychology Centre.

You'll also conduct a major, supervised, research program and produce a 60,000 to 80,000-word research thesis on a topic relevant to clinical neuropsychology. This accounts for 70 per cent of the degree and allows you to substantially contribute to clinically relevant research knowledge, which may result in improved clinical practice.

The course is delivered by our Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences, within the School of Psychological Sciences. Our researchers lead the way in investigating how such factors as addiction, neurodevelopment, brain injury, ageing, mood disorders and sleep affect mental health and behaviour.

Our teaching and research team comprises accomplished clinical researchers who have been internationally recognised through prestigious awards, as well as experienced practitioners and clinical supervisors who have been awarded for their educational excellence. Many of our staff maintain leadership positions for professional organisations in Australia and internationally.
More than 95% of our graduates are employed using their qualification, many of whom are in senior research and clinical positions in Australia and elsewhere.

Professor Jennie Ponsford AO, convenor of the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Neuropsychology, is an Officer of the Order of Australia and the recipient of the prestigious Robert L. Moody Prize in the US for her world-class clinical and research work over 30 years, in which she significantly advanced our understanding and treatment of the cognitive, psychological and behavioural sequelae of traumatic brain injury.

You will study across our Clayton and Notting Hill campuses.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

Qualifications

All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
See the Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.
See the Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications are closed on 31 October.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page

Fees

This course is supported by the Australian government’s Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.