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The Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology – DClinPsy

The regulations for this degree are to be read in conjunction with all other relevant statutes and regulations, including the General Regulations for Named Doctorates and the Academic Statutes and Regulations.

Preamble

1 a A candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology is required to pursue an approved programme of advanced study, research and clinical practice as an enrolled student of the University.

b It is expected that this programme will normally be completed within three years of full-time candidature.

c The Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology is awarded for a formal and systematic exposition of a coherent programme of advanced research work and supervised practice, carried out over the period of registration for the degree, which in the opinion of the examiners and the Board of Graduate Studies satisfies all of the following criteria:

(i) that the research thesis is an original contribution to knowledge, and is of direct relevance to the field of clinical psychology

and

(ii) that the research components of the degree (thesis and clinical research projects) meet internationally recognised standards for such work

and

(iii) that the candidate has demonstrated both the knowledge of the relevant literature, in both research and clinical practice, and the ability to exercise analytical and professional judgement.

d A Doctor of Clinical Psychology thesis may not exceed 60,000 words in total without the permission of the Board of Graduate Studies.

e If the core of the thesis comprises a series of published or unpublished research papers, the candidate must be the lead or sole author of each paper and must provide a contextual framework and concluding discussion. The range and focus of this material shall generally correspond with the introductory and concluding chapters of a thesis. The thesis must be presented in a consistent format, citation style and typeface.

f If the core of the thesis does not comprise a series of published or unpublished research papers, a candidate may still include within their thesis published or unpublished research papers, provided that the candidate was the lead or sole author of each paper. The thesis must be presented in a consistent format, citation style and typeface.

g In the case of published or unpublished research papers that the candidate has contributed to but is not the sole or lead author of, the candidate may report in the thesis their contribution to the research with due reference to the original paper. The thesis must be presented in a consistent format, citation style and typeface.

h All material that is not the original work of the author must:

(i) be fully and appropriately attributed

or

(ii) if a substantial part of another work, be reproduced only with the written permission of the copyright owner of that other work.

i The Portfolio of Clinical Research may not exceed 25,000 words in total and will consist of five separate reports with the maximum word limit of 5000 words for each.

j All research for this degree is to be conducted in accordance with the University of Auckland Guidelines for the Conduct of Research.

Eligibility

2 In order to be admitted to this doctoral degree, candidates must have:

a (i) completed the requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from this University with a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or higher

or

(ii) completed the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts or Master of Science in Psychology from this University with a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or higher

or

(iii) an equivalent qualification in Psychology with a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or higher as approved by the Board of Graduate Studies

and

b (i) passed PSYCH 708, 718, 723, 779 with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or higher, or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative

and

(ii) passed PSYCH 780 with a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or higher, or the equivalent as approved by Senate or its representative

and

c demonstrated in accordance with the approved selection criteria determined by the Faculty of Science the qualities necessary for a person seeking to be a Doctor of Clinical Psychology. This will normally require an interview, submission of academic transcripts and appropriate letters of reference.

3 Candidates must continue to meet the requirements of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (2003) for Professional and Ethical behaviour.

Admission

4 Every candidate for the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology must have applied for admission and been admitted to the University of Auckland.

Duration and Total Points Value

5 a A candidate for this degree must follow a programme consisting of three full-time years, and pass an approved programme with a total value of 360 points.

b Candidates must pass each part, and must normally complete the requirements for this degree within three years from the date of registration, unless permitted to do otherwise by the Board of Graduate Studies under Regulation 9 of these regulations.

Registration

6 a Registration and all conditions pursuant to it shall be determined in accordance with Regulation 2 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

b The following provisional goals are required for all candidates for this degree:

(i) completion of PSYCH 801 and PSYCH 897 Part I

(ii) completion of a full thesis research proposal for PSYCH 899 Thesis to the satisfaction of the appropriate postgraduate committee

(iii) completion of a literature review and method section to the satisfaction of the academic unit or nominee

(iv) ethics approval(s) and/or permissions obtained for the research

(v) commence data collection

(vi) completion of the standard goals relating to induction, English language, academic integrity and health and safety prescribed by the Board of Graduate Studies upon commencement of the registration.

c Further provisional goals may be added as per Regulation 2 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates and as required after the commencement of registration as per Regulation 4a of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Structure and Content

7 a Of the 360 points required for this degree, a student must pass Parts I, II and III, as listed in the Doctor of Clinical Psychology Schedule.

Note that PSYCH 897 and 899 are awarded only on completion of the whole programme.

b (i) A student who fails any course or part of a course of the programme, may be required to repeat that part or course or to sit a special examination before proceeding into the next part of the programme.

(ii) A student must complete PSYCH 801 before enrolment in PSYCH 802, and must complete PSYCH 802 before enrolment in PSYCH 803.

(iii) A student who fails any part of the programme may be declined permission to enrol again in that part of the programme or, under Regulation 4g of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates, be declined permission to enrol in the programme as a whole.

Reviews of Registration

8 Reviews of registration will be made each year in accordance with Regulation 3 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates, except that Regulation 3c(ii) will not apply. Instead, candidates may be confirmed subject to specified conditions.

Changes to the Conditions of Registration

9 Changes to supervision, extensions of time, and suspension or termination of registration will be made according to Regulation 4 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Enrolment and Fees

10 Enrolment and fees will be determined according to Regulation 5 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Submission

11 a All candidates are initially required to submit one copy of the thesis and the Portfolio of Clinical Research in temporary binding and one electronic copy in pdf format of the thesis and the Portfolio of Clinical Research to the Graduate Centre. Copies should include the following statement to examiners on the first page:

“This thesis and portfolio are for examination purposes only and are confidential to the examination process.”

b Unless permitted to do otherwise by the Board of Graduate Studies, a candidate must normally submit the thesis and the Portfolio of Clinical Research in no fewer than three and no more than four years from the Date of Registration.

c Three months prior to the expected date of submission, candidates should notify the Graduate Centre in writing of their intention to submit. If the candidate has reason to believe that any person would be unsuitable to serve as an examiner of the thesis and the Portfolio of Clinical Research on the grounds of conflict of interest, the candidate may also submit at this time the name of this person and a statement in writing as to the nature of the conflict of interest to the Dean of Graduate Studies.

d The thesis and Portfolio of Clinical Research are to be accompanied by a statutory declaration, signed by the candidate stating:

(i) that the thesis and Portfolio of Clinical Research are the candidate’s own work

(ii) whether any part of the thesis or Portfolio of Clinical Research (in form or substance) has been submitted or accepted for any other degree or diploma and, where that is the case, clearly setting out the extent to which that earlier work has been incorporated into the thesis or Portfolio of Clinical Research

(iii) that written permission has been obtained for any third-party copyright material reproduced in the thesis or Portfolio of Clinical Research that represents a “substantial part” of the other work

(iv) that the temporary-bound copy and electronic copy are identical.

e The thesis and Portfolio of Clinical Research are to be presented in English unless otherwise approved by the Board of Graduate Studies at the time of first registration of the candidate.

f Where the thesis or Portfolio of Clinical Research contain jointly authored research papers and/or any other jointly authored work, published or unpublished, a Co-Authorship Form must be signed by the candidate and all the joint authors, stating the extent to which the jointly authored material is the candidate’s own work.

Where the thesis or Portfolio of Clinical Research include research reported in published or unpublished co-authored works (other than as in Regulations 1e and 1f), a Co-Authorship Form must be signed by the candidate and all the joint authors, stating the extent to which the jointly authored material is the candidate’s own work.

Examination

12 a The examination process will follow that of Regulation 9 of the Statute for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy 2016 except that:

(i) examiners will be requested to examine the thesis according to the criteria of Clause 1(c) of these regulations, and to provide an assessment of the grades assigned to the Portfolio of Clinical Research

(ii) candidates may be asked to make specified minor corrections to or resubmit all or part of the Portfolio of Clinical Research.

b In the event that a candidate is asked to resubmit all or part of the Portfolio of Clinical Research the same process of examination will be followed for the resubmitted work.

Variations

13 In exceptional circumstances the Board of Graduate Studies may approve a personal programme which does not conform to these regulations.

Appeals

14 Appeals regarding the examination process or decisions of the Board of Graduate Studies must be made according to Regulation 6 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Dispute Resolution Procedures

15 Disputes are to be resolved in accordance with Regulation 7 of the General Regulations for Named Doctorates.

Transitional Arrangements

16 a These regulations came into force on 1 January 2020. The 2016 regulations for the Degree of Doctor of Clinical Psychology were thereby repealed.

b For candidates initially registered under earlier regulations for this degree the Board of Graduate Studies may agree to vary the application of the provisions of this statute to ensure consistency with the provisions of the statute under which the candidate was enrolled where it is satisfied that the candidate would otherwise be at a disadvantage.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) Schedule

Requirement:

Part I

30 points: PSYCH 801 Scientist–practitioner Model 1

15 points: PSYCH 897 Portfolio of Clinical Research Part 1

75 points: PSYCH 899 Thesis Part 1

Part II

30 points: PSYCH 802 Scientist–practitioner Model 2

30 points: PSYCH 897 Portfolio of Clinical Research Part 2

60 points: PSYCH 899 Thesis Part 2

Part III

60 points: PSYCH 803 Internship

45 points: PSYCH 897 Portfolio of Clinical Research Part 3

15 points: PSYCH 899 Thesis Part 3

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