Educational and Developmental Psychology - 3736

Educational and Developmental Psychology


Whether you want to get ahead in your career faster, or improve your knowledge, a Monash postgraduate degree can give you a distinct advantage.

Educational and developmental psychologists assist children and adults with learning and developmental issues by providing assessment, intervention and counselling services. The course aims to develop graduates with the therapeutic skills involved in educational and developmental psychology. Students develop high professional standards in the administration and interpretation of a comprehensive range of psychological, educational and developmental tests and assessments, and the planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence based interventions with individuals and groups.

This program combines the coursework and practicum requirements of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) degree with the thesis requirements of the PhD program.

Only students currently enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at Monash University can apply for the combined PhD program. Students must achieve specific requirements in that program before they will be invited to apply for the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)/PhD.

Students begin by undertaking coursework units of the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) degree (at least one unit of which involves a research project), while also preparing their research proposal for the PhD. Continuation to the PhD program is granted if performance on all components meets the required academic standard. A wide variety of thesis topics related to educational and developmental psychology across the lifespan are possible, subject to available supervision. On completion of the course, students submit a PhD thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 words.

Graduates will develop as independent specialist professionals with a commitment to learning across the lifespan of the theoretical, research, assessment, and therapeutic skills involved in educational and developmental psychology.

Career opportunities

Graduates provide counselling and support to people of all ages, across a diverse range of organisations including primary and secondary schools, health and welfare services, care facilities, and within business and corporate environments. The PhD qualification will also allow graduates to work as academics in tertiary settings.

Professional recognition (Australian)

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates meet the academic requirements for general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia where from 1 July 2014 the Psychology Board of Australia will require applicants for general registration to also pass the National Psychology Examination. Applicants for general registration who have completed an APAC-accredited master's, doctorate or combined master's/PhD are exempt from sitting the examination until 30 June 2016. Following graduation, with a further two years of supervised practice in Educational and Developmental Psychology graduates are currently eligible for Endorsement as Educational and Developmental Psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia. Graduates also qualify for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS), and meet most requirements for membership of the College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists of the Australian Psychological Society.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • 4 years (full time)
  • 8 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Master of Educational and Developmental Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy
Course Handbook

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


All applicants must be able to demonstrate a capacity to carry out independent research and have adequate training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study.
See the Section 2.1 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

English requirements

Sound English language skills are required for academic programs at Monash University.
See the Section 2.2 of the Graduate Research Handbooks for detailed information.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.