How to apply

Applications for the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) program at ANU are considered after the 30 September each year and over a four stage process.

Stage 1

applications are submitted (complete by 30 September)

Stage 2

complete and eligible applications are considered at the Clinical Committee Meeting (November)

Stage 3

successful potential applicants will be invited for an interview by a clinical panel (late November/early December)

Stage 4

successful applicants will be offered a place in the program (early-late December)

*Please note that if you are an international applicant and wish to be considered for the ANU scholarship round that your complete application is required to be submitted by 31 August each year.

A complete application contains the following information:





Application for PhD Clinical Psychology

Complete the online application form via the ‘APPLY’ button


Transcripts and Testamurs

Scanned official academic transcripts and testamurs in colour



Australian Psychological Society assessment

*Please note this can take approximately 2 months – if study has been completed in Australia this is not required.*

The Australian Psychological Society (APS) is the national assessing authority in Australia for the assessment of academic qualifications in psychology gained overseas. The APS assesses the level at which an applicant’s qualifications are comparable to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study in psychology. A fee is applicable for this service, which is for people who are seeking to apply for entry into an APAC-accredited course in psychology at an Australian university.

Applicants with an accredited degree from a New Zealand university are exempt from the above requirements.


Personal Statement

All applicants to submit 200-300 word support statement outlining why you wish to undertake a program of study in clinical psychology at the ANU.


Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Please ensure that dates and whether activities were full time or part time are clearly indicated.


Supplementary Form

Complete and attach the supplementary form.


Research Proposal

Submit details of your proposed research study (max one page).


English language proficiency

All applicants whether domestic or international, must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the ANU requirements for admission. The English Language Requirements for Students policy outlines approved methods for meeting the English requirements.

Please note that eligibility for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia is a condition of entry into the Clinical Program. Due to this requirement applicants must therefore also provide evidence of meeting the English language proficiency requirements for AHPRA and the Psychology Board of Australia.


Referee forms x 3

Please contact your referees well in advance to ensure that your application is complete by the due date.

You are strongly recommended to use the National referee system offered by Psychology Reference. The Psychology Reference system allows applicants for Australian post-graduate programs in Psychology to apply for a reference from academic and/or professional referees and for these references to be shared with the nominated institutions.

Alternatively, when you apply online at ANU and provide the contact information for your referees, they will be sent a request to complete an online reference for you. This system is automated so that it will send reminder emails automatically to your referees until they complete the referee form.


*Please note that if you provide your referee contact information on the ANU online application form that your referees will be automatically contacted. If you wish to use the national referee system then please do not include your referee contact information on the ANU online application form.

Please check for information about the research areas in the Research School of Psychology and before an application is submitted please ensure you have made contact with a potential supervisor/s and have informal confirmation that they would be happy to supervise your research.

Please ensure that you have provided all the required documentation in your online application - this includes items 1 - 9 above. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Further information for the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) program can be viewed on programs and courses.

For any application enquiries, please contact