Applicants to this program must have completed a four-year APAC accredited sequence of studies in psychology at first or upper second-class level, normally H1 (80%), or equivalent overseas qualifications recognised by the APS, or a Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) recognised by APAC. 

Applicants must demonstrate possession of an appropriate level of knowledge and skill related to research. In accordance with the guidelines set by The Cairnmillar Institute, to have applied for and gained candidature approved by The Cairnmillar Institute Student Review Committee. Applicants who fail to gain candidature will not be eligible to continue in the doctoral program and may choose to apply for a place in the Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) program. 

An order-of-merit for entry will be prepared, taking into account (a) academic record, (b) previous work experience and training, (c) academic and professional referee reports and (d) admissions interview. 

Please see our application portal for detailed instructions on submitting an application. Documentation required in the application includes: 

  • Most recent academic transcripts. 
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (resume). 
  • A 500-word personal statement outlining why you wish to study this course at Cairnmillar. 
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g., passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate) 
  • Two academic and one professional reference using the HODSPA reference system. A guide on how to use the system is available here

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview with members of Cairnmillar’s academic faculty. This provides applicants with the opportunity to discuss any questions they have about the course of study.