Postgraduate study

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We offer a balanced and comprehensive set of highly regarded courses at postgraduate level.

There are excellent opportunities to undertake PhD work in Experimental Psychology and we have nationally and internationally recognised graduate applied programmes in Clinical Psychology and in Industrial and Organisational Psychology.

Skill development

Postgraduate students develop the necessary skills to undertake research in psychological science and to practise as a psychologist. They are also extremely valuable for many other occupations.

Postgraduate options

PhD courses

The entry requirements listed below (or comparable qualifications from other universities) apply to all postgraduate degree and postgraduate diploma courses in the Department of Psychology. Students can study for an Master of Science, Master of Arts, or a PhD in Psychology, or a Master of Science in Applied Psychology (APSY). Also offered are Postgraduate Diploma in Science or Arts, and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

Those who hold a university degree but without a major in Psychology, may proceed to postgraduate study upon completion of a Graduate Diploma in Science or by completing the necessary prerequisite courses which meet the entry requirements described below.

Entry requirements for all postgraduate study in Psychology and Applied Psychology

165 points from PSYC courses with at least 135 points at 200-level and above, including:

Other requirements:

  • PSYC 344 is required for postgraduate study in Psychology and Applied Psychology.
  • An average of at least a B grade over three PSYC 300-level courses (B+ grade for a BSc(Hons)).
  • Equivalent courses from other universities are accepted.


There are additional requirements for the Clinical Psychology programme.

Students whose prepatory courses in Psychology were taken prior to 2005 should consult the HoD or a College Academic Advisor before enrolling in further PSYC courses.

To begin the enrolment process, check you meet the entry requirements. Students can enrol in Postgraduate studies at any time up to the commencement of the academic year in February.

All enrolments for Honours, Masters (including thesis only), PhD degrees and Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology, must be approved each year by the relevant Postgraduate Coordinator before enrolment is confirmed.

  • All new postgraduate students EXCEPT PhD, Masters Thesis Students, MSc Applied Psychology, should discuss the options available with the 4th Year Postgrad Coordinator (Honours and 1st Year Masters), Professor Simon Kemp - please email to make an appointment.
  • Students enrolled for PhD and Masters theses should see the Postgraduate Thesis/Doctoral Coordinator, Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer.
  • MSc in Applied Psychology should visit the Applied Psychology page, or contact the Director of the APSY programme, Dr Joana Kuntz.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology students should visit the Clinical Psychology page, or contact the Director of the Clinical Programme, Professor Martin Dorahy.

All forms are available on LEARN. If you do not have access to the Psychology PG Research page, please contact Yifang Parker.

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Need more information or support?

Contact our postgraduate co-ordinators