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What will I learn?

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.

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.

You will study across our Clayton and Notting Hill campuses.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$48,800.00 (26,29,310) per year
Start date

27 February 2023


Monash University

Clayton Campus,

Wellington Road,



3800, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The minimum qualifications for admission to PhD enrolment are: a bachelor's degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant field, and which normally includes a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field; a course leading to a level rated by the relevant department, faculty and committee as equivalent to an honours 1 or 2A in a relevant field; a master's degree that entails work, normally including a significant research component, including at least 25% of one full time equivalent year of work, including a thesis. It is normally expected that a grade of honours 2A has been obtained for the research thesis or project. Where ungraded, examiners' reports will be taken into account; or have qualifications which in the opinion of GRC are deemed equivalent.

For international students

Require one of the following qualifications (to be completed within the past 10 years):

A three-year Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate psychology sequence within a bachelor’s degree, and a fourth year APAC accredited psychology studies within an honours 1 or 2A degree in psychology;
Overseas psychology qualification/s considered equivalent to the above by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

IELTS 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL (paper-based) : 550+ TWE 4.5

TOEFL 79 + Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 & Writing 21

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 + communicative score 50

Cambridge English: 176 + no skill below 169

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.