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Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)

Course code: 3232 ~ Course abbreviation: MPsych(EdandDev) ~ Total credit points required: 96 ~ 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Education

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course provides an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited fifth and sixth-year sequence in psychology and prepares graduates to practise as educational and developmental psychologists in schools, hospitals, clinics and private practices. For more detailed information regarding the role and employment prospects of educational and developmental psychologists, students should consult the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists, Australian Psychological Society.

Course Objectives

The course aims to develop graduates as independent specialist professionals with a commitment to life long learning of the theoretical, research, assessment, and therapeutic skills involved in educational and developmental psychology. It aims to develop the ability to think critically and analytically about the processes involved in educational and developmental psychology. Within the context of sound ethical principals, competencies applicable across the lifespan will be developed through collaborative participation in coursework lectures and workshops, research, and practicum placements across a variety of settings under the supervision of experienced specialist practitioners. Competencies include high professional standards in: the administration and interpretation of a comprehensive range of psychological, educational and developmental tests and assessments; planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence based interventions with individuals, groups and systemically; and in the capacity for effective consultation and collaboration across a diverse range of organisational contexts including educational, health and welfare, care facilities, business and corporate. Undertaking their minor research thesis, students will develop as scientist-practitioners, carrying out reviews and scientific investigations relevant to the theory and practice of educational and developmental psychology.

Course structure


Core units

  • EDF6510 Exceptionality: assessment, intervention and research
  • EDF6511 Cognitive, personality and educational assessment
  • EDF6512 Intervention across the lifespan and research implications
  • EDF6504 Anxiety disorders and counselling skills

Practica and research thesis

In the second year (full-time) or third and fourth years (part-time), students undertake supervised practica and complete a research thesis on a topic relevant to the discipline of educational and developmental psychology. Prior to commencing their placement, students must obtain probationary registration with the Psychologists Registration Board of Victoria.

  • EDF6507 Clinical placement in psychology 1
  • EDF6508 Clinical placement in psychology 2
  • EDF6509 Clinical placement in psychology 3
  • EDF6535 Psychology thesis part 1
  • EDF6536 Psychology thesis part 2

This course outline is indicative of the program students will follow, but is subject to change. Students should consult their course adviser to assist in planning their program. Check current timetable for unit availability via the website at after 30 September.

Eligibility for doctoral-level studies

To satisfy entry requirements for doctoral-level studies (ie PhD), applicants need to have completed research at either masters or honours level. Master of Psychology by coursework candidates who wish to proceed to a doctoral course must achieve a grade of distinction or higher for the research thesis and an average of distinction or higher in the coursework units for doctoral-level eligibility. Students enrolled in the MPsych(EdandDev) who achieve a higher distinction average in two units (one of which must be the research project unit) and a minimum overall average of distinction over all four units will be eligible to apply for articulation to the combined MPsych(EdandDev)/PhD program.

Contact details

Telephone +61 3 9905 2819 or visit

Course adviser

Dr John Roodenburg