Doctor of Psychology (Forensic)
Course summary for current students
|Award granted||Doctor of Psychology (Forensic)|
4 years full-time
|CRICOS course code||040945G|
|Deakin course code||H952|
Offered to continuing students only.
The Doctor of Psychology (Forensic) aims to provide those who have completed a recognised four year psychology sequence/degree with the opportunity to obtain professional training in forensic psychology and develop the academic, practical and research skills required to register and practise as a forensic psychologist.
Throughout the course you will undertake a range of core units which are divided across coursework, placement and thesis requirements. Coursework includes units on applied methodology, interview and intervention skills, assessment and treatment of forensic clients, psychology and the law, psychopathology, and children and the legal system. You will have at least 200 days practical experience with forensic clinicians in four or more agencies and undertake supervised client work as appropriate. You will also have the opportunity to design, conduct and present a major thesis that reports the results of original research. This thesis is externally examined and is expected to reflect the program's status as a research degree. In addition to the coursework, placement and research components of the program, you will complete a professional portfolio, which is examined externally and based on cases from their placement work.
Throughout the course you will develop:
- specialist knowledge of forensic psychology as well as the general knowledge and skills required by psychological practitioners
- specialist knowledge of psychology and the law and assessment and treatment of offenders and victims
- knowledge and competence in the theory and practice of psychological assessment
- knowledge and awareness of the ethical principles of psychological practice, with particular relation to the practice of forensic psychology
- experience of the practice of forensic psychology within a range of forensic settings
- advanced levels of competence in the design and conduct of research in the area of child or family forensic psychology
- an appreciation of the multidisciplinary practice of psychology through cooperation with professionals from other related disciplines during practicum placements.
You will also gain advanced knowledge and practical experience in the assessment and treatment of children and their families within a forensic setting.
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and meets the requirements for graduates to register as generalist psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia, and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the College of Forensic Psychologists and endorsement as a Forensic Psychologist following one year of work experience supervised by a forensic psychologist, together with completion of stipulated professional development requirements.
Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing. The eligibility of students for membership of the accrediting body is subject to meeting the requirements of the APS and College of Forensic Psychologists. Deakin University makes no representation that students will meet those requirements.
Your placement program will be worked out jointly by you, the placement coordinator and the practitioners supervising the placements. Forensic placements are tailored to your interests, skills and career aspirations and are designed to provide you with a range of professional skills, and to develop your awareness of ethical and professional issues. It is desirable that you gain experience with a range of client groups in a variety of organisational and correctional settings. Contracts will be drawn up that will clearly specify the skills to be mastered, your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the placement supervisor. Placement supervisors are registered and endorsed psychologists, eligible for membership of the College of Forensic Psychologists. Each placement requires completion of the full complement of days and failure of any one placement may result in exclusion from the course.
Fees and charges
This section is for:
- all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
- domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
- all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.
Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.
* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.
This section is for:
- all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
- all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.
Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:
|Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*||Domestic Fee Paying||International Fee Paying|
|Not applicable||Not applicable||Not applicable|
The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.
The doctorate course consists of 24 credit points of work covering three interrelated strands: theory, research and practice.
|HPS914||Studies in Psychopathology|
|HPS977||Psychological Intervention 1|
|HPS978||Biological and Neuropsychological Perspectives on Disorder|
|HPS924||Research Thesis A|
HPS934 Psychology and the Law - last offered 2015
HPS948 Forensic Placement 1 and Case Analysis Seminar 1 - last offered 2015
|HPS976||Issues in Professional Psychology|
|HPS907||Advanced and Applied Research Methods|
HPS932 Forensic Placement 2 - last offered 2015
HPS933 Assessment and Treatment of Forensic Clients - last offered 2015
|HPS925||Research Thesis B|
|HPS926||Research Thesis C|
HPS935 Forensic Placement 3 - last offered 2015
HPS936 Psychosocial Issues in Forensic Psychology and Case Analysis Seminar 2 - last offered 2015
|HPS927||Research Thesis D|
|HPS943||Child and Family Forensic Placement 1 and Case Conference Seminar A|
|HPS944||Children and the Law|
|HPS928||Research Thesis E|
|HPS945||Child and Family Forensic Placement 2 and Case Conference Seminar B|
Note: All coursework units have a hurdle requirement of 80% attendance. A pass grade in a unit requires satisfactory completion of each component assessed.