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Doctor of Clinical Psychology

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Level of Study

Doctoral Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Mar 2023


University of Auckland


The Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree is a professional doctorate, preparing you for a career as a clinical psychologist. Possible to the DClinPsy is restricted to New Zealand and Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents.

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 possible into the three-year DClinPsy programme.

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.

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

Entry criteria

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.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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