4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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Make a significant contribution to one of many areas within health and psychology by undertaking PhD research.
You can commence research in the areas of clinical; health and forensic psychology; social and mental health; adolescent health; risk behaviours; body image and disordered eating; drugs and alcohol; eye-witness testimony; treatment of offenders; human sexuality; reproductive health; healthy ageing and depression among older people; cognitive neurosciences and neurodevelopmental disorders; quality of life; relationships; human factors such as auditory and visual perception; and organisational psychology in health care settings.
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A Doctor of Philosophy is awarded for a substantial, original contribution to knowledge achieved in three years of full-time study (or six years of part-time study).
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Students complete a pre-confirmation at five months, confirmation at nine months and second year progress presentation during their second year (third or fourth year for part-time students). Student are required to complete a research methods unit in the first year, preferably before their confirmation.
2022 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 10.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
A fulltime student is expected to commit 36 hours a week to their PhD program. A student is entitled to 20 working days annual leave from candidature on approval by their Principal Supervisor. (Part-time is half the commitment.)
The minimum requirement is the completion of a research methods unit such as HPS907 / HPS911, which may require assignments/exams, and the thesis. The unit is assessed as per all other units at Deakin University and the thesis is submitted to the University and it is assessed by three examiners.
Students can complete a work placement in their final year but this is optional and also depends on availability.
Applicants must have demonstrated evidence of a high standard of research ability. This is normally an Honours year to H2A (70%+) standard, a research master degree, or a coursework master degree with a substantial thesis. However, other evidence of research ability may be considered and could include a thesis as part of an international undergraduate degree; relevant refereed publications; research awards; or research experience.
For more information please visit the Deakin Research - Higher Degrees by Research page.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
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How to apply
Higher degree by research applicants must apply via the online applicant portal. You will be required to attach a number of certified supporting documents, in addition to your research proposal and referee reports.
For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
The Faculty of Health provides a range of higher degree by research programs at masters and doctorate level, including professional doctorates in the discipline of psychology.
The Faculty has affiliation with six of the University Strategic Research Centres, which work with national and international partners in health communities, business, industry and government to bring about evidence-based practical, equitable health outcomes globally, nationally and in local communities. The Centres are engaged in research programs related to patient care, patient safety, health services, mental health, psychiatric disorders, molecular medicine, immunology, neurosciences, public health research and evaluation, population health, human nutrition, physical activity and health, and social determinants of health and wellbeing.
To review details of the Strategic Research Centres and the research we are undertaking click here.
Students may transfer from a Research Masters to PhD. Some students who do not have enough research in their degree or lower grades may commence with a Research Masters, and then at confirmation they may transfer to a PhD (subject to recommendation of the panel and high-quality work).
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This course is Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited.
Note: This will not lead to Registration as a Psychologist or Area of Practice endorsement.
Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLO)
Demonstrate systematic and critical understanding in one or more specialist fields or discipline areas by planning and generating a substantial and original contribution that advances scholarship or professional practice.
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
Effectively disseminate research outcomes to a variety of audiences using highly developed communication skills and work productively within a team of experts in the field.
Synthesise, apply and analyse existing and new knowledge in one or more discipline areas to develop new concepts or interpretations through engagement in ethical research, critical reflection, continuous evaluation and demonstration of research skills.
Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
Demonstrate autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability, leadership, initiative, resilience and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.
Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.