A survey of doctoral degrees in clinical psychology in the United Kingdom and Australia

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Reported here are the results of a survey and subsequent follow-up which document the rapid development in the 1990s of doctoral-level training in clinical psychology in the United Kingdom and Australia. Over two thirds of institutions providing clinical training in these two countries now offer doctoral degrees, with others planning to follow shortly. Institutions in the United Kingdom have chosen to upgrade clinical training by developing Doctor of Psychology programs, an option which has been followed by a few institutions in Australia. The more common model in Australia, however, has been to establish combined MPsych/PhD programs or clinical PhDs. This paper calls for the development of more Doctor of Psychology programs, and for the profession to move towards three years of postgraduate study culminating in a doctoral degree as the entry requirement for the profession of clinical psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-193
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1996
Externally publishedYes

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