Duration:

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Approval to study an Individual unit within these degrees must be sought from the Course Coordinator.

Description

These concurrent degrees combine professional training within educational and developmental psychology with a research Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

During these concurrent degrees, students will:

  • Gain valuable experience in the delivery of psychological services through practicums;
  • Study subjects such as Professional Practice in Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Therapeutic Skills and Evidence-based Practice for Psychologists;
  • Complete a doctoral thesis.

Specialisation subject units in the Educational and Developmental psychology stream are:

  • Learning Difficulties: Assessment and Intervention
  • Applied Educational Psychology
  • Applied Developmental Psychology.

Course duration

4 years full-time or equivalent part-time.

Campus availability and study mode

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Course costs

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

Admission into this course is subject to supervision and resource availability. Students already enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) who have completed Year 1 with a Distinction average across all subjects and were admitted to the Master with a minimum of Second Class Honours – Division A (HIIA) or equivalent may be eligible to transfer to the combined degree.

Applicants must first contact the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences to explore potential research areas, identify a potential PhD supervisor and write a brief research proposal. Upon successful completion of the first year of studies, candidates may then apply to Candidature Services for admission to the PhD program.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

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Career paths

Graduates will be well-prepared for work as practitioner psychologists or skilled researchers in a range of institutions and agencies providing psychological and mental health services.

Professional experience

Students must complete 1000 hours of practicum placement in clinical settings with at least 400 hours of face-to-face client contact.

Professional recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. This course is undergoing a scheduled re-assessment of its accreditation status in 2019 for 2020 onwards.

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

More course information

PhD component of course

Students already enrolled in the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) who have completed Year 1 with a Distinction average across all subjects and were admitted to the Master with a minimum of Second Class Honours – Division A (HIIA) or equivalent may be eligible to transfer to the combined degree. Admission into this course is subject to supervision and resource availability.

Applicants must first contact the School of Behavioural and Health Sciences to explore potential research areas, identify a potential PhD supervisor and write a brief research proposal. Upon successful completion of the first year of studies, candidates may then apply to Candidature Services for admission to the PhD program.

Candidates should apply to the Candidature Services Office for admission to the PhD component: Application forms for the PhD component are available from the Candidature Research Services website, under 'How to Apply' or by email to res.cand@acu.edu.au

ACU Funded Research Higher Degree

ACU funds Research Higher Degree students for their term of study.

Note: funding does not refer to coursework components of the concurrent MPsych/PhD degrees. Students must pay Library Fees. Some students may be eligible for RTS places. Continuation of Candidature is dependent upon the candidate adhering to Research Higher Degree Regulations and maintaining satisfactory academic progress. This is monitored twice annually with the completion of a mandatory Academic Progress Report whereby the candidate and Principal/Co-Supervisors agree on the student's progress.

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