Educational Psychology

Doctorate Masters

>Neisha Kiernan, Master of Educational Psychology graduate, talking to a colleague

The Master of Educational Psychology and Master of Educational Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) provide training in counselling, assessment, research methods, intervention, group-work, consultation and multidisciplinary team work.

Educational psychology is diverse and covers areas such as early childhood development, learning issues, mental health programs, careers advice, and promoting wellbeing across the lifespan.

Psychologists who want to specialise in educational psychology can pursue a career in a wide range of settings, including early childhood centres, schools, tertiary colleges and universities, research centres and private practices.

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Entry requirements

All applicants must meet English language requirements and the following entry requirements.

Master of Educational Psychology

  • A four-year degree* in psychology with upper second class Honours (at least 75%), or
  • An equivalent qualification* in psychology which renders the applicant eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society, or
  • Current registration as a psychologist and demonstrated current compliance with Registration Board continuing professional development requirements.

All applicants must also submit:

  • three academic referee reports. Applicants must organise for referees to fill out the online form
  • a personal statement
  • an interview (if shortlisted).

Master of Educational Psychology/PhD

A degree* with first class Honours (80% and above) in psychology.

All applicants must also submit:

  • three academic referee reports. Applicants must organise for referees to fill out the online form
  • an interview (if shortlisted).

* All degrees must be accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Applicants with overseas qualifications must provide an Australian Psychological Society (APS) comparability assessment with their application to confirm their eligibility for Associate Membership.

Please note: If your application is successful, you must apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (if not currently registered) and undertake a Working with Children Check when you enrol in the course.

Course structure

Master of Educational Psychology

  • Course code: 312AA
  • 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
  • 200 points of coursework, comprising:
    • 9 core subjects
    • supervised fieldwork
    • a 10,000 word research project.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Educational Psychology.

Master of Educational Psychology/PhD

  • Course code: G02AA
  • 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time
  • Coursework and research, comprising:
    • 9 core subjects
    • supervised fieldwork
    • a PhD thesis.

For detailed course and subject information, see the University Handbook: Master of Educational Psychology/PhD.

Both courses also offer:

  • practicum placements in a range of settings including primary and secondary schools, early learning centres, colleges, clinics, hospitals, private practice and community settings
  • student-centred reflective learning and curriculum
  • programs that are highly relevant to schools and educational policy and practice.


Both courses qualify graduates to practice as a registered psychologist and become a Member of the Australian Psychological Society and Associate Member of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists.

Graduates can work in a range of settings including:

  • schools, as a psychologist, student counsellor or welfare coordinator
  • agencies treating children with emotional and behavioural difficulties
  • the Victorian Department of Education and Training, the Commonwealth Department of Human Services
  • clinics and private psychological practice
  • universities and research units.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Master of Educational Psychology

Applications close: 15 October 2017


Applications close: 15 October 2017

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency.

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.

Application dates

There are two selection rounds each year for entry to the PhD and Masters by research degrees, and one round for entry to the Master of Educational Psychology/PhD and the Doctor of Education degrees. New applications can be submitted at any time, however all applications must be submitted and complete by the closing dates below to be considered for each round.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission into the course, as entry to candidature is very competitive. Entry to the PhD is particularly competitive; and an H1 (80-100%) overall grade is usually required to be admitted into this degree.

Semester 2, 2017

Applications closed on 18 April 2017. If your application was submitted but incomplete at that date, your application will be considered for 2018 commencement (please see below).

Semester 1, 2018

Doctor of Education and Master of Educational Psychology/PhD (combined degree): applications close 31 August 2017.

All other graduate research degrees: applications close 16 October 2017.

Semester 2, 2018

All graduate research degrees: applications close 18 April 2018.

We recommend you submit your application at least four weeks before the closing dates, just in case any additional documentation is required.

Please note: the Master of Educational Psychology/PhD and the Doctor of Education do not have a Semester 2 intake.

Application process

1. Write your research proposal

You must provide an extended research proposal with your application. Research proposals should be 1,500 words for PhD applications and 1,000 words for all other graduate research degrees.

They must succinctly address the following points under separate headings:

  • Aims of study: what's the proposed topic of your study and why is it important? What does your study want to achieve? What could your potential research questions be?
  • Key concepts and theories: briefly discuss key academic concepts and theories informing your study.
  • Approach and methodology: provide a brief overview of the approach and/or methodology you intend to use in your study.
  • Rationale for coming to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE): why is MGSE the right research environment for your project? Why is your prospective principal supervisor a good fit for your project (see below)?
  • Bibliography: list up to ten key references for your project.

Once you've identified a principal supervisor, your research proposal should also be updated to reflect who they are and how they may contribute to your research project.

2. Find a supervisor

Find a principal supervisor who will support your research proposal and application. Your supervisor must be a current staff member at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education (MGSE).

We recommend that you search for a supervisor on the University’s Find an Expert page, or visit our current research projects page to find staff members working on research projects. Please attach your research proposal (or a short summary) and CV when contacting your potential supervisors via email.

You'll need to upload evidence of your intended principal supervisor’s support when submitting your application. This can be in email format and must include the intended supervisor’s agreement to supervise you should your application be successful.

Please note that all supervision arrangements are also subject to the approval of the MGSE Selection Committee. Support of a prospective supervisor does not guarantee entry to MGSE’s research higher degree program.

3. Apply online

Read the application information and apply on the Future Students website.

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Don’t forget to provide your research proposal and evidence of your intended principal supervisors support when submitting your application.

If you have any questions about how to complete or submit your application, please contact Graduate Research Admissions at


Prospective graduate research students will be automatically considered for scholarships as part of the graduate research degree application. Current graduate research students can apply for scholarships via their Student Portal.

Further information:

Application outcome

All correspondence regarding your application will be by email. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email explaining how you can accept your place.

Please note that for the current 2017 round, application outcomes for international applicants will be available in mid-June. Outcomes for domestic applicants will be available in late June.

For the next round (commencement in the first half of 2018), application outcomes will be available by early December.