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 closing dates

There are two major selection rounds during the year. New applications can be submitted at any time, however only complete applications submitted by the closing dates below will be considered in each round.

Please note: meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee admission into the course as entry to candidature is very competitive.

Semester 2, 2017

Applications for all graduate research degrees close: 18 April 2017.

Semester 1, 2018

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

Applications for all other graduate research degrees close: 16 October 2017.

We recommend you submit your application at least four weeks before the closing date to allow adequate time for any additional documents to be provided.

Application process

Applications for graduate research degrees are submitted online.

  1. Read the application information on the Future Students website.
  2. Complete the online application form by following the prompts and submit. You are required to provide a research proposal as part of your application (proposal requirements are outlined below).
  3. You will receive an email from Graduate Research (GR) Admissions confirming whether your application is complete or incomplete. Please check this email carefully for any additional documentation required and expected processing times.

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

Research proposal

You are required to provide an extended research proposal as part of your application. Research proposals need to 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:

  1. Rationale for and aims of study: what is the proposed topic of your study and why is it important? What does your study want to achieve? What could be your potential research questions?
  2. Key concepts and theories: briefly discuss key academic concepts and theories informing your study.
  3. Approach and methodology: provide a brief overview of the approach and/or methodology you intend to use in your study.
  4. Rationale for coming to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education: include suggestions for two or three prospective supervisors, and provide a brief explanation of how these supervisors could contribute to your research project. You do not need to provide evidence that these supervisors have agreed to support your project. Please note that at least one of these prospective supervisors should also be listed in the “preferred supervisors” section of the online application form.
  5. Bibliography: list up to ten key references for your project.


Scholarship applications should be lodged online as part of your graduate research degree application. Current graduate research students can apply for scholarships via their Student Portal.

Visit financial support and scholarships to see available scholarships.

For more information about eligibility, selection and indicative competitive score for scholarships, visit how are graduate research scholarships awarded?

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.

Semester 2, 2017

Outcomes for all graduate research degrees: June 2017.