Application Information for the Clinical PhD Programme
Please fill out the application carefully as it forms an important part of our selection procedure. Applicants must produce a detailed application. The application can be accessed here:
Please do not attach a curriculum vitae, but supply the information at the appropriate points online.
It should be noted that entry to the course is very competitive. The number of places offered may vary depending on known resources at the time of selection. Interviews will be granted to a limited number of applicants based on:
- The application
- Attached academic transcripts,
- Referees' reports
- and (for the clinical PhD only) the in-principle agreement of an INTERNAL academic staff member of Psychology to be a thesis supervisor.
The interview is an extremely important aspect of the consideration of an applicant’s suitability for the course. It is important that we are able to contact you between mid-November and the end of February, firstly to arrange interviews (which normally occur late November to early December) and to offer places, and later (January-February) to offer a second round of places for the course should any candidates decline first round offers. If you expect to be away from your usual address at these times please indicate dates and contact details where indicated below. Note that acceptance on the course is valid only for the year indicated above. No deferment of enrolment can be considered.
It is also the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that they give themselves sufficient time to find an internal supervisor before applications are due. Research interests of staff can be found on the Psychology web site: http://flinders.edu.au/sabs/psychology/our-people/.
It is the responsibility of applicants to be available to attend an interview and this requirement should be taken into account in making plans during this period. It may be possible to arrange telephone interviews for overseas and interstate applicants. However, South Australian applicants are expected to attend in person. If you are in any doubt, please contact the Course Coordinator prior to finalising your arrangements.
Applicants for the PhD (Clin. Psych.) who are graduates with psychology degrees from non-Australian universities must have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society for equivalence to an Australian programme of study prior to submitting their application. Information about the process for obtaining this assessment can be found on the APS web site http://www.psychology.org.au/membership/qualifications/. If you did not complete both secondary and tertiary education in Australia or in a country where English is considered the first or native language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills at IELTS (International English Level Testing System) academic level 7 and achieve the required minimum score of 7 in each component of the IELTS academic module. This is a requirement by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA), with further details found at http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au.
October 31st 2017 Applications close / Last day for referee reports submission
Late November 2017 Invitation of formal interview to short-listed applicants
Late November 2017 Formal interviews conducted
Early December 2017 Formal offers to successful candidates
Applicants who are offered a place must undertake a criminal history check. Confirmation of the offer is dependent on a satisfactory criminal history clearance consistent with PsyBA’s requirement that the criminal history check contains no offences that would result in a person being declared unfit to practice. The PsyBA also requires that students are registered as provisional psychologists with the Board on entry into the program. Students will also need to comply with SA Health’s Immunisation and Blood-Borne Viruses Policy. This is a SA Health Policy Directive requirement for students prior to undertaking clinical placements. The detailed written procedure required for provisional registration and criminal history checks, and proof of immunisation status will be given to those students who are offered a place on the program. Please note that students are responsible for costs associated with provisional registration, criminal history checks, and immunisations.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will applications open?
2018 applications will open in late September, 2017.
When will applications close?
Applications will close at midnight on Tuesday 31st October, 2017. No applications will be accepted after this date. Applications started before this date but not completed by this date will not be accepted. Referee reports received after this date will also not be included.
What information is required to complete my application?
- Academic Qualifications including Honours percentage mark if known or contact details for your home institution if you don’t know
- Any Theses completed or currently being undertaken
- Summary of any employment relevant to your application
- Summary of other kinds of experience relevant to your application
- Reasons for applying (including areas of interest within clinical psychology)
- DOI number and title of any publications you have produced
- Proposed Thesis topic and in-priciple supervision agreement from a relevant staff member.
- The names of 2 referees (one must be academic) via the Psychology Post-Graduate Reference Request System (http://www.psychologyreference.org)
- English Proficiency (IELTS)
- Visa Details
- Assessment of Qualifications by the Australian Psychological Society
Proposed Thesis Topic
- Proposed Thesis topic and in principle agreement for supervision by a relevant member of the College of Education, Social Work & Psychology academic staff (note applies to Clinical PhD applicants only). A list of academic staff members who are suitable supervisors can be found here under Academic Staff:http://flinders.edu.au/sabs/psychology/our-people/staff/home.cfm
I don’t know my honours mark yet?
If you are currently completing honours and expect to finish this year, the application will allow you to provide contact details of a person at your home institution who will be able to provide your honours percentage mark. This will then be collated with the rest of your application and passed onto the panel for assessment.
Do I need to provide an official transcript?
If you are an existing Flinders student, you don't need to provide a transcript. External applicants can provide an unofficial transcript for assessment purposes, however if you are offered a place you will be required to provide an official transcript.
What does the application process timeline look like?
Applications close on October 31st, this is the last day for completed applications to be submitted and for referee report submissions
Late November 2017 – Invitation of formal interview to short-listed applicants
Late November 2017 – Formal interviews conducted
Early December 2017 – Formal offers to successful candidates
Are there any conditions attached to the offer?
Yes, the offer is conditional on a completed official academic transcript being supplied by external students only. Flinders University students do not need to supply an official transcript.
The offer is also conditional on the candidate successfully passing a criminal history check and obtaining the various working with children checks
What are the checks required?
- Child-related employment
- Aged care sector
- Disability services sector
- Vulnerable person employment
- General employment probity
These Checks are conducted through the DCSI screening unit: https://screening.dcsi.sa.gov.au/
In addition a National Police check detailing any criminal history is required:https://www.police.sa.gov.au/services-and-events/apply-for-a-police-record-check
Note that Psychology administrative staff will advise how to obtain these clearances once you have been made an offer.