Psychology

Why pursue research in Psychology?

We have a strong record of research in behavioural neuroscience, clinical psychology, cognitive and developmental psychology, and social and intercultural psychology. We provide specialised child development, biochemical and physiological laboratories, a superior animal house, computing facilities, technical, biochemical, and computer support staff, and illustrative services and facilities. 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.

Collaborate with the best minds in your field locally and internationally. We attract research funding, peer reviewed project grant funding and have a strong record in publications. We are a member of Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Australia that attracts more than $340 million in annual funding.

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

Sean Cowlishaw – PhD

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for work in government, non-government organisations, private practice, research organisations and academia locally and abroad.

Postgraduate Psychology options

To help you choose the right course for your professional goals, see our psychology and employment pages.

We offer:

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

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

Doctor of Philosophy
Duration :
4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Albury-Wodonga
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Areas of study available include: agricultural sciences, anatomy, behavioural science and psychology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science and computer engineering, electronic engineering, environmental management and ecology, genetics, information, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacy, physics, psychology, phsyiology, statistical science and zoology.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies chosen, accreditation with a relevant science professional association is possible.
Prerequisite
Completed Master's degree by research or, in some instances, a Master's degree including a shorter minor thesis. Applicants with a high Honours degree are eligible to apply. In addition, applicants must demonstrate by their academic achievements and references,
their ability to undertake work at doctoral level.
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or 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 Psychological Science
Duration :
1-3 years full-time or up to 6 years part-time
Semester starts :
Anytime
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This program enables you to pursue research in any area you are appropriately qualified in. Research areas include but are not limited to: autism spectrum disorders, clinical and health psychology, behavioural neuroscience and neuropsychology, cognitive and developmental psychology and social and intercultural psychology.

You can seek to transfer to a PhD six months from the commencement of a Masters program, subject to meeting certain requirements.
Prerequisite
Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours
How to apply
Apply now. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or 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

You can apply for research candidature at any time. However, applications for research scholarships close on 31 October. In addition, a limited number of Bridging Scholarships are available for applicants at other times of the year. Please make enquiries with your prospective supervisor.

To apply for Masters candidature, you need an Honours degree or equivalent with at least upper H2A. For PhD candidature, you need a masters degree (including thesis component) or a Bachelor's degree with at least first class Honours in psychology or related discipline.

Before applying, it's best to contact a potential academic supervisor and receive in-principle approval for your topic.

Once you've done this, you can download an application form [PDF 1.02Mb] and submit it to La Trobe's Research Services office. If you require this PDF in an alternative format, please contact rgs@latrobe.edu.au.

Fees and scholarships

Research degrees are funded by the Commonwealth Government via the Research Training Scheme (RTS) (fees may apply to some components of some Professional Doctorates).

There are a range of scholarships available for local students.

International students

2017

Doctor of Philosophy (006294K, 008712C, 014579G, 072940D, 008710E, 001724M)

Duration :
4 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
33 500
Campus
Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
Areas of study available include: agricultural sciences, anatomy, behavioural science and psychology, biochemistry, botany, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science and computer engineering, electronic engineering, environmental management and ecology, genetics, information, mathematics, microbiology, pharmacy, physics, psychology, phsyiology, statistical science and zoology.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or approved international equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial private research expertise.
Additional information
Botany, computer science and statistical science are offered at the Melbourne Campus.

Pharmacy is offered at the Bendigo Campus.
Professional recognition
Depending on the specific studies you chose, accreditation with a relevant science professional association is possible.
How to apply
Apply now or 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 Psychological Science (071896M)

Duration :
2 years
Semester starts :
Anytime
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
32 000
Campus
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
This program enables you to pursue research in any area you are appropriately qualified in. Research areas include but are not limited to: autism spectrum disorders, clinical and health psychology, behavioural neuroscience and neuropsychology, cognitive and developmental psychology and social and intercultural psychology.

You can seek to transfer to a PhD six months from the commencement of a Masters program, subject to meeting certain requirements.
English Language Requirements
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English).

TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22.

La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website.

English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted.
Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English)
for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59.

Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher.

Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements
Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (at least upper H2A greater than 75 per cent), or approved international equivalent. If you have Honours at H2B level or equivalent, you may still be considered in some instances.
How to apply
Apply now or 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:

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fee costs for international students is indicated for each course above. There are also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Finding a supervisor

One of the most important aspects of your research study will be finding a supervisor.