Psychology

Why pursue postgraduate study in Psychology?

Our postgraduate coursework program prepares you for practice and research in clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology and gain specialist training. La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist. We emphasise research based on developments in psychological knowledge.

You'll have access to outstanding neuroscience laboratory facilities, Australia's first Autism Research Centre and our Psychology Clinic, which offers services to the general public.

To find out more about studying Psychology at La Trobe, visit the Department of Psychology and Counselling website.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work as psychologists in the health and government sectors, community organisations, research institutions and industry. You may also work as a clinician, case manager, psychotherapist, manager, researcher, specialist consultant or adviser.

Professional Psychology options

We offer:

  • clinical Master's degrees (coursework) – see the Courses table below
  • Masters or PhD (by research) - see the research tab
  • combined Clinical Masters and PhD degrees.

Courses

Local students

NB: The ATARs published here are a guide, based on the most recent intake, and can change from year to year. These are Clearly-in ATARs, meaning applicants with scores equivalent to, or higher than the quoted ATAR, were made an offer.

2017

Master of Clinical Neuropsychology
Duration :
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
The Master of Clinical Neuropsychology is accredited by Australian Psychology Accreditation (APAC) until 2018. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

In keeping with the scientist-professional training model, the course emphasises the application of research based on developments in the field of psychology.

Please note: International students cannot undertake studies on overseas exchange in this program.

The opportunity to upgrade to a combined Master of Clinical Neuropsychology/PhD program is available for local applicants after successful completion of the first year of the Master of Clinical Neuropsychology at La Trobe University.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Master of Clinical Neuropsychology may be eligible to apply for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) as a professional psychologist and as a specialist clinical neuropsychologist. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Neuropsychology may apply for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the APS College of Clinical neuropsychologists. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Please check your eligibility before submitting your online application:
Postgraduate Psychology Program Self-assessment Checklist [PDF 278KB]

Applicants should have:
- an APAC-accredited Australian Bachelor's degree with a major in psychology and a minimum B grade average (70 per cent or above) or equivalent across all years
- an APAC-accredited fourth-year program in psychology including a major thesis component with an upper H2A average (75 per cent or above)
- two academic referee reports
- two professional referee reports
- experience in volunteer work or work related to psychology.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$27,500 per 120 credit points.
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are also available. Please note: CSPs are not available for mid-year entry.
Costs
Annual fee for provisional psychologist registration - A$419, subject to change.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2017 are now closed.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
Master of Clinical Psychology
Duration :
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
You'll learn the practical skills and knowledge essential for a career in professional clinical psychology. The curriculum covers areas such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), child and adolescent mental health, psychopathology, counselling skills, psychological assessment and problem-solving.

You'll also explore the ethical and professional issues associated with work in this field, and develop skills in writing professional-standard assessment reports suitable for a range of referral agencies or contexts.

During your clinical placement practicum, you'll perform intake work, assess clients on the phone and conduct case work with clients over a period of 15 weeks. You'll complete about 240 hours of face-to-face therapy with adults and 256 hours of face-to-face therapy with children and adolescents.

Throughout your program you'll be required to work on a thesis, addressing a research question relevant to the field of clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology. Working collaboratively with your research supervisor, youll develop a research proposal and submit an ethics application.

As a graduate, you'll be equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to work with children, adolescents and adults in a range of clinical settings including schools, hospitals, prisons, consulting firms, market research companies, academic and applied research facilities, and private practice.

You may also choose to move on to further study or applied research in the area of clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by Australian Psychology Accreditation (APAC). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology may apply for membership with Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology may be eligible to apply for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) as a professional psychologist. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Prerequisite
Please check your eligibility before submitting your online application:
Postgraduate Psychology Program Self-assessment Checklist [PDF 278KB]

Applicants should have:
- an APAC-accredited Australian Bachelor's degree with
a major in psychology and a minimum B grade average
(70 per cent or above) or equivalent across all years
- an APAC-accredited fourth-year program in psychology
including a major thesis component with an upper H2A
average (75 per cent or above)
- two academic referee reports
- two professional referee reports
- experience in volunteer work or work related to psychology.
NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Fee amount
$28,250 per 120 credit points.
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are also available. Please note: CSPs are not available for mid-year entry.
Costs
Annual fee for provisional psychologist registration - A$419, subject to change.
How to apply
Applications for Semester 1, 2017 are now closed.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2017

Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (026671B)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 000
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
The Master of Clinical Neuropsychology is accredited by Australian Psychology Accreditation (APAC) until 2018. Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

In keeping with the scientist-professional training model, the course emphasises the application of research based on developments in the field of psychology.

Please note: International students cannot undertake studies on overseas exchange in this program.

The opportunity to upgrade to a combined Master of Clinical Neuropsychology/PhD program is available for local applicants after successful completion of the first year of the Master of Clinical Neuropsychology at La Trobe University.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) - minimum overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0. Please note the Psychology Board of Australia only accepts IELTS results for English language requirements.
Academic entry requirements
You should have at least a B grade average (70 per cent or above) in an Australian Bachelor's degree with a major in psychology, or approved international equivalent as assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). You must have completed a fourth year in psychology including a major thesis component with at least a high B grade average (75 per cent or above) or approved international equivalent as assessed by the APS. You also need experience in voluntary work, or work related to psychology, two academic referee reports and two professional referee reports. Please access this link to request referee reports: - www.psychologyreference.org.

Alternatively, if you are unable to register, please complete the following proforma: Academic Referee [PDF 391KB] and Professional Referee [PDF 271KB].

Note also that applications are ranked on the basis of academic and professional suitability for selection by interview.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional costs
Annual fee for provisional psychologist registration - A$419, subject to change.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Master of Clinical Neuropsychology may be eligible to apply for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) as a professional psychologist. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Neuropsychology may apply for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
How to apply
Applications for the 2017 intake closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2018 intake are now open. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Master of Clinical Psychology (006277M)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (March)
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 500
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
You'll learn the practical skills and knowledge essential for a career in professional clinical psychology. The curriculum covers areas such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), child and adolescent mental health, psychopathology, counselling skills, psychological assessment and problem-solving.

You'll also explore the ethical and professional issues associated with work in this field, and develop skills in writing professional-standard assessment reports suitable for a range of referral agencies or contexts.

During your clinical placement practicum, you'll perform intake work, assess clients on the phone and conduct case work with clients over a period of 15 weeks. You'll complete about 240 hours of face-to-face therapy with adults and 256 hours of face-to-face therapy with children and adolescents.

Throughout your program you'll be required to work on a thesis, addressing a research question relevant to the field of clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology. Working collaboratively with your research supervisor, youll develop a research proposal and submit an ethics application.

As a graduate, you'll be equipped with the relevant skills and knowledge to work with children, adolescents and adults in a range of clinical settings including schools, hospitals, prisons, consulting firms, market research companies, academic and applied research facilities, and private practice.

You may also choose to move on to further study or applied research in the area of clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology. The Master of Clinical Psychology is accredited by Australian Psychology Accreditation (APAC). Professional registration may require an application to the professional body and may have additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic) - minimum overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0. Please note the Psychology Board of Australia only accepts IELTS results for English language requirements.
Academic entry requirements
You should have at least a B grade average (70 per cent or above) in an Australian Bachelor's degree with a major in psychology, or approved international equivalent as assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). You must have completed a fourth year in psychology including a major thesis component with at least a high B grade average (75 per cent or above) or approved international equivalent as assessed by the APS. You also need experience in voluntary work, or work related to psychology, two academic referee reports and two professional referee reports. Please access this link to request referee reports: - www.psychologyreference.org.

Alternatively, if you are unable to register, please complete the following proforma: Academic Referee [PDF 391KB] and Professional Referee [PDF 271KB].

Applications are ranked on the basis of academic and professional suitability for selection by interview.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Additional costs
Annual fee for provisional psychologist registration - A$419, subject to change.
Additional information
The annual fee for provisional psychologist registration is AUD$390, subject to change.
Professional recognition
Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology may be eligible to apply for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) as a professional psychologist. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology may apply for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
How to apply
Applications for the 2017 intake closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2018 intake are now open. You can ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options.

The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Find out more about how to apply for Psychology courses.

Your study experience

Psychology placements

Practical placements are an important part of our program and are worth 25% of assessment. You will receive practical training and carry out therapy under the supervision of experienced registered psychologists at the La Trobe Psychology Clinic and various external agencies.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academic staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View staff in Psychology.