Postgraduate Research (MPhil, MPsych/PhD, PhD)

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences is home to a vibrant community of approximately 150 PhD students, training to become highly productive researchers, publishing in highly regarded journals under the supervision of leading academics from around the world.

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  • Introduction

    This page includes information, forms, policies and procedures for the Postgraduate Research (MPhil, MPsych/PhD, PhD) program at the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

  • Student Manual and Orientation Materials

    The student manual provides information regarding the structure, content and submission of work for Postgraduate Research students. This document also explains many of the policies and procedures found within the School. You can download all resources from PhD Orientation Session via this link.

    Current Student Manual (PDF 2.0 MB)

    Graduate Research Commencement Checklist  (PDF 252.3 KB)

    Pre-confirmation template  (DOC 226.0 KB)

    Pre-confirmation guideline   (DOCX 16.1 KB)

    PhD 2020 Orientation    (PDF 1.8 MB)

    OHS Induction  (PDF 3.2 MB)

    Psychology: an introduction to the Library   (PDF 28.0 MB)

    GRiPS Postgraduate Researcher Welcome Kit     (PDF 302.7 KB)

  • Research Links
  • Program Structure

    Master of Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy

    The program is designed for students who plan to pursue a career in clinical research relevant to their field of specialisation (clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology or educational psychology), usually in combination with professional research.

    The complete program structure including subject descriptions can be viewed on the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) website.

    Master of Psychology / Doctor of Philosophy (link)

    Master of Philosophy

    Internationally recognised masters by research degree designed for students to develop advanced skills in carrying out independent and sustained research on a particular topic under academic supervision.

    The complete program structure can be viewed on the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) website.

    Master of Philosophy (link)

    Doctor of Philosophy

    The Doctor of Philosophy is the University's premier research training qualification.  Candidates undertake independent research on a particular topic under the guidance of a principal supervisor and supervisory panel to make significant and new contributions to their chosen discipline.

    The complete program structure can be viewed on the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) website.

    Doctor of Philosophy (link)

  • Student Forms

    All current forms can be found at the following link:

    Student Forms (link)
  • Administrative Procedures

    Redmond Barry building access

    Postgraduate students are eligible to access the following spaces:

    • Graduate Resources Room (10th floor)
    • Staff & Postgraduate tearoom (12th floor)
    • After hours building & corridor access (including weekends)

    A valid Student ID card is required to access these spaces. Once you have obtained an active Student ID card you must submit an Access Request form so that your card can be updated.

    Student Forms (link)

    After-hours building access

    The after-hours access request form can be downloaded from the Student Forms page

    Student Forms (link)

    Office Space

    Students seeking office space on campus need to submit their request via the appropriate form. The School will only allocate office space to full-time PhD and Masters by Research students. Where possible students in the clinical stream will be allocated space in the Psychology Clinic. Further eligibility criteria are available on the online form.

    Student Forms (link)

    Printing and Photocopying

    Postgraduate students receive print credit to the value of $75.00 (750 pages) accessible from the computer workstations within the Graduate Resources Room of the Redmond Barry building. Within the School, both printing and photocopying are $0.10 per side.

    The printing/photocopying credit allowance will be available on student accounts at the start of Semester 1. Additional print credit for use in the Graduate Resources Room can be purchased from the Psychology Enquiries desk on level 12.

    Please note: credit allocated or purchased from the School is only valid when used from the computers in the Graduate Resources Room. This credit is non-transferable to the Unicard system and unused credit cannot be refunded.

  • Assessment Procedures

    Advisory/Confirmation Committee

    Enrolled PhD candidates must establish a thesis advisory committee within three months of commencement. The committee will oversee Confirmation and will meet regularly throughout a student’s candidature to discuss progress. The Advisory Committee must include at least 3 people including all listed supervisors and the advisory committee Chair.

    Further information on supervision is provided on the Supervision of Research Higher Degree Students Policy (MPF1244).

    Postgraduate Coursework Subjects

    A candidate may be required to supplement their research program by attendance at, or enrolment in, additional subjects if considered necessary by the supervisor. Some professional coursework subjects are not available to research students. Students interested in undertaking a coursework subject must obtain the consent of the relevant subject coordinator and their supervisor.

    Change of Candidature

    Any change to your candidature; such as Change of Supervisor, Change of Research Project Details, getting sick or personal circumstances requiring to take Leave of Absence; is done as an application via my.unimelb. Once the change of candidature is assessed at the Teaching and Learning Unit at The Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences the outcome of the change of candidature application is communicated to you via email.

    my.unimelb (link)

  • Useful Links

    Psychology Tests Library

    The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences has an extensive collection of psychological testing material to support its fourth year and postgraduate programs.

    Psychology Tests Library (link)

    Graduate Research Hub

    Guides for all current graduate researchers, with resources and information to get you from orientation through to graduation

    Graduate Research Hub (link)

    Scholarships Search

    The Good Universities Guide maintains a research scholarship database that can be searched online.

    Scholarship Search (link)

  • GRiPS Psychology PhD Camp

    The GRiPS Psychology PhD camp is run on an annual basis in the first half of the year and includes a mixture of professional development and social activities, in a bushland setting with shared cabin accommodation and food provided.

    Professional development sessions include practical skills training (the 2017 camp included an introduction to R, followed by lessons in graphing with GGPlot, theoretical probability, and fitting models), as well as sessions focused on academic development throughout the PhD (in 2017: accepting opportunities, being a mentor, discussing tips and tricks for a great supervisory relationship). There is also a strong social element, with attendees taking part in traditional camp activities such as flying fox, and learning creative skills from one another (in 2017: acro-yoga and salsa classes, and musical improvisation in the evenings).

    Information concerning camp registration will become available at the beginning of each year. If you would like to indicate your interest in attending the annual psychology camp, email GRiPS at any time ( and we will add you to our rolling attendance list.

Course Contact Information

Director of Teaching & Learning

Associate Professor Piers Howe