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Doctor of Psychology (Educational and Developmental)

Not offered in 2012


240 cp

Minimum duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Course available at: Melbourne Victoria

EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp value of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

1. Admission Requirements1

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites:

    1. completion of 80 cp of the Master of Psychology, with a GPA of 6 and no result lower than Credit;
    2. a Research Supervisors report which indicates the capacity of the applicant to undertake the Doctorate; and
    3. for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee;


    1. completion of the Master of Psychology within the past ten years, with a GPA of 6 and no result lower than Credit;
    2. capacity for research as demonstrated by the grade obtained for the Masters thesis, examiners reports on same, or publication record since obtaining the Master of Psychology;
    3. if the Masters degree was completed more than two years prior to making application, completion of professional development suitable for attracting relevant APS College professional development points;
    4. for short-listed candidates, interview with the selection committee.

Referee reports may be called for from academic and/or personal/professional referees.

2. Requirements for Completion of the Degree

To qualify for the degree, a student must complete 240 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:

  1. 50 cp from Core Units;
  2. 60 cp from Practicum Units;
  3. 80 cp from Thesis Units; and
  4. 50 cp from Specialisation Units appropriate to the relevant stream.

3. Maximum Period of Candidature

The maximum duration of candidature will be not more than 7 years part-time from the commencement of enrolment. The maximum period will not include any period of approved leave of absence.

Schedule of Unit Offerings

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Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

Core Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PSYC630 10 Psychological Assessment
PSYC631 10 Psychological Disorders
PSYC632 10 Foundations of Practice
PSYC633 10 Counselling One-to-One
PSYC634 10 Research Methods

Practicum Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PSYC613 10 Practicum A
(Pre: PSYC630 Psychological Assessment and PSYC633 Counselling One-to-One)
PSYC614 10 Practicum B
(Pre: PSYC613 Practicum A)
PSYC615 20 Practicum C
(Pre: PSYC614 Practicum B)
PSYC702 10 Practicum D
(Pre: PSYC615 Practicum C)
PSYC711 10 Practicum E
(Pre: PSYC702 Practicum D)

Thesis Units

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PSYC616 10 Thesis Part 1
(Pre: PSYC634 Research Methods)
PSYC704 10 Thesis Part 4
(Pre: PSYC616 Thesis Part 1)
PSYC705 20 Thesis Part 5
(Pre: PSYC704 Thesis Part 4)
PSYC706 20 Thesis Part 6
(Pre: PSYC705 Thesis Part 5)
PSYC707 20 Thesis Part 7
(Pre: PSYC706 Thesis Part 6)

Specialisation Units

Educational and Developmental Stream

Unit Code Credit Points Unit Name
PSYC645 10 Learning Processes and Problems
(Pre: PSYC630 Psychological Assessment and PSYC631 Psychological Disorders)
PSYC646 10 Typical and Atypical Development
(Pre: PSYC630 Psychological Assessment, PSYC631 Psychological Disorders and PSYC645 Learning Processes and Problems)
PSYC647 10 Advanced Ed and Dev Assessment
(Pre: PSYC645 Learning Processes and Problems and PSYC613 Practicum A)
PSYC730 10 Consultation in Educational Settings
(Pre: PSYC645 Learning Processes and Problems, PSYC646 Typical and Atypical Development and PSYC647 Advanced Ed and Dev Assessment)
PSYC731 10 Advanced Seminar Psycho-Ed Practice
(Pre: PSYC730 Consultation in Educational Settings)

1 A student must also comply with the Admission Rules.