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The Redmond Barry Building at the Parkville campus houses the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.

In 2021, the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences (MSPS) celebrates 75 years of psychological education and research at the University of Melbourne. We look forward to exploring and acknowledging the rich history of psychological education and the impact that our alumni, staff and students have had on the world. Join us as we celebrate our community and look at what the future holds for psychological sciences. ​

Psychology at the University of Melbourne has a long and distinguished history. The first paper set in Psychology was in February 1888 and the Department of Psychology was founded in 1946. ​The School in its current structure was established in 2012, when the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences announced the creation of its fifth school: the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.​

The School is home to a vibrant community of more than 128 academic, teaching, research and professional staff, 100 honorary staff, 147 PhD students and almost 11,000 students enrolled in undergraduate subjects offered by Psychological Sciences, mainly through the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science, but also in breadth subjects in the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Environments and Bachelor of Music. ​

Do you have a story?

As a part of our 75th anniversary celebrations, we would like to hear from our community of staff, students, alumni and partners. Tell us about your experiences with the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and what you think the future holds for the discipline of psychological sciences as we navigate through this century.

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Rob Hester

Message from the Head of School

This year, the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences celebrates its 75th anniversary, an occasion on which we can reflect on our proud history of psychological education and research, as well as celebrating the many achievements of our alumni, students and staff.

Since the University set its first paper in Psychology in February 1888, psychological sciences has continued to grow, with the School of Psychological Sciences now home to a vibrant community of more than 200 staff and over 11,000 students.

In celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, we recognise the collegial partnerships between staff, students, researchers and partners that is so important to our success; and we pay tribute to all our wonderful alumni who have gone on to make a significant difference to the lives of others and the health of their communities.

Professor Rob Hester
Head of School 
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences  
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences 
University of Melbourne