Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titleMPsych(EandD)/PhD
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Off-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: +61 3 9905 2877; Research Degrees Office: +61 3 990 52821 or email or visit

Course coordinator


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Off-campus is offered part-time every second year (the next intake is in semester 01, 2012). Each off-campus coursework unit is only offered in alternate years. Students enrolled in off-campus mode will be required to attend compulsory residential schools. This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements.


The Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/PhD is a four year full-time course combining the coursework and placement requirements of the APAC accredited Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) degree with the thesis requirements of the PhD program, with research undertaken in one of the areas listed below. This course has been designed to meet the requirements of the APS College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists and APAC accreditation is being sought for the combined program. Candidature will be probationary with full admission to the program granted in the last three months of the second year of full-time study, or equivalent for part-time study if performance on all components, including research confirmation proceedings, is satisfactory.


The course aims to develop graduates as independent specialist professionals with a commitment to lifelong 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
  • the capacity for effective consultation and collaboration across a diverse range of organisational contexts including educational, health and welfare, care facilities, business and corporate.

In undertaking the PhD research thesis, students will develop as scientist-practitioners, carrying out reviews and scientific investigations which make original and substantive contributions relevant to educational and developmental psychology.

Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements. Attendance is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit. In the clinical setting students will have an opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision.

Where a student's skill or knowledge is found to be inadequate, access to the clinical component of the unit will be denied. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed inadequate, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Clinical expenses

Students are responsible for all uniforms and accessories, travel and accommodation expenses during clinical placement and will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.

Off-campus students' compulsory residentials

Students enrolled in off-campus mode will be required to attend a compulsory one-week (35 hour) residential school at the Clayton campus for each of the four core units.


On commencing the program and prior to commencing their placement, students must submit proof of provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and a satisfactory Victorian government Working with Children Check (details available at

Professional recognition

Graduates qualify for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and meet most requirements for membership of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.


This course comprises advanced coursework, supervised practica and a research thesis. Note: coursework units are only offered in alternate years.

Students commence by enrolling for year one in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental). This encompasses completion of the initial 48 points of the combined degree consisting of the three course work units plus the research project unit where students commence preparation of their thesis research proposal. The first practicum unit may also be taken in the first year.

Upon satisfactory completion of the first 48 points students will enrol in the research intensive component in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/PhD. In year two candidates complete the practicum units, further develop and present their research proposal, finalise ethical clearance, and progress the research proposal toward confirmation that takes place in the last three months of the year. Enrolment for the final two years is dependent on students satisfying the confirmation process. On completion of the course, students submit a PhD thesis of between 80,000 and 100,000 words, which is examined according to the Monash Research Graduate School requirements for PhD studies. Visit for details.

Part-time students are enrolled pro-rata completing the first 48 points of work over two years, and on confirmation are enrolled to complete any remaining practicum units and focus on their research from years 3-8.

Students applying for off campus study must be able to ensure regular interactive communication with their supervisor and be able to undertake the equivalent of five days of full-time study within the University each year they are enrolled in the PhD thesis, although this requirement may be relaxed in later years depending on the candidate's progress.


Advanced coursework units

  • EDF6504 Developmental psychology and counselling
  • EDF6511 Cognitive, personality and educational assessment
  • EDF6512 Clinical interventions in educational and developmental psychology

Research project unit

  • EDF6510 Exceptionality: Assessment, intervention and research

Practicum units

  • EDF6507 Clinical placement in psychology 1
  • EDF6508 Clinical placement in psychology 2
  • EDF6509 Clinical placement in psychology 3

Research areas

Details of the research interests of staff can be found on their respective web pages; contact the faculty's Research Degrees Office at for further information. A wide variety of thesis topics related to educational and developmental psychology across the lifespan are possible, subject to available supervision. These include:

  • abilities
  • adjustment
  • anxiety
  • assessment
  • attachment
  • attitudes
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • behavioural difficulties
  • cognition
  • cognitive and behavioural
  • coping
  • counselling
  • disabilities
  • exceptionality
  • giftedness
  • habits and addictions
  • human development
  • inclusion
  • individual differences
  • learning disorders
  • management
  • motivation
  • parenting
  • personality
  • psychopathology
  • psychotherapy
  • sleep
  • social
  • stress
  • teaching and learning styles
  • test construction
  • trauma
  • well being.


Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/Doctor of Philosophy