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What will I learn?

The Master of Educational Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy will enable students to become practitioners while developing advanced research skills and experience to enhance their capacity to work in professionally related tertiary programs. The course provides a grounding in the theoretical, conceptual and empirical foundations of professional practice in educational psychology, and the opportunity for students to develop skills relevant to professional practice through supervised professional experience. The course provides the opportunity for students to undertake a substantial piece of original research within the field of practice of educational psychology and related practice.

This is a four year course. The first year is comprised of coursework, the PhD component is completed over the final three years.

PhD Thesis

The normal length of a PhD thesis is 80,000 words, exclusive of words in tables, maps, bibliographies and appendices. Footnotes are included as part of the word limit.

Course structure

  • Up to 4 years full-time or 8 years part-time
  • Coursework and research, comprising:
  • 100 points of coursework in the first year (or equivalent for part time students)
  • 150 points of further coursework throughout the final three years
  • 1000 hours of supervised fieldwork
  • 80,000 word PhD thesis.


Become qualified to work as an educational psychologist with expert skills in counseling, psychological assessment, research methods, intervention, group work, consultation and multidisciplinary team work. In addition, through your major research project, you will gain advanced research skills.

Which department am I in?

Melbourne Graduate School of Education



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$39,456.00 (21,33,910) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $170,060
Start date

25 July 2022


The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,



3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

Within the last 10 years, an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-year undergraduate sequence in psychology (namely a three-year major in psychology as part of an undergraduate degree plus a fourth year Honours specialisation in psychology, or equivalent) with a weighted average mark of at least H2A (75%) or equivalent.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 7.0 (no band less than 7.0)
TOEFL (paper-based test): 600 +, TWE 5.0;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 94 + Writing 27; Speaking 24; Reading 24; Listening 24
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 65 + no communicative skill below 65
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 185 + no skill below 185

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.