Research School of Psychology
The Graduate Field of Studies in Psychology is based primarily in the Research School of Psychology in the newly-established ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, but staff may also work in one of a number of other areas of the University, and students enrolled in postgraduate psychology may be affiliated with other areas, including Computing Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Sociology and Philosophy.
All prospective research students should refer to the ANU Graduate Research page which contains detailed information on research studies at the ANU.
Postgraduate research qualifications in psychology may also be obtained through the Centre for Mental Health Research.
Master of Philosophy/Doctor of Philosophy
Both the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are available in the Research School of Psychology. Both degree programs are awarded on the basis of a thesis reporting an original piece of research. No formal coursework is normally involved, but candidates may have the opportunity to participate in seminars and special courses offered in psychology and other programs. The full time course duration for the MPhil is two years and for a PhD degree is 3 - 4 years.
Research opportunities are available in a wide range of topic areas within psychology including: social psychology, intergroup relations, stereotyping, group processes; social cognition; risk and uncertainty; social psychology of organisations; clinical psychology, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, grief, interpersonal functioning; health psychology, stress, cardiovascular disease, childbearing; addiction, methodone treatment, ecstasy use; family therapy processes; cognitive psychology; reading and dyslexia, object recognition; neuropsychology of memory; applied aspects of cognition; implicit memory; working memory; visual and auditory psychophysics; space perception; motor control; social and cognitive development, adolescent health behaviours, adolescent relationships, parenting; and psychobiology.
Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies
The Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies is designed for students who have completed a non-psychology degree in the last ten years which included 1st year psychology.
For answers to a number of frequently asked questions click here
For those who didn't do first-year psychology at ANU, here is a guide on writing laboratory reports click here
Fees and scholarships
The Doctor of Philosophy (for Clinical Psychology or other), the Doctor of Psychology (Clinical) and the Master of Philosophy are offered to Australian citizens and permanent residents (domestic students) on a fees- exempt basis under the Research Training Scheme. Students in the Master of Clinical Psychology program who are Australian/New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are required to pay Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF) up front and in full. International students are liable for the payment of full-fees for all programs unless awarded a scholarship.
How to Apply
Graduate Diploma in Psychological StudiesDomestic applicants for the coursework program Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies must submit an application through the University Admissions Centre (UAC)
International applicants for the coursework program Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies must submit directly to the ANU using the Postgraduate Coursework Application Form.
International applicants for the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies do not require referee reports or the nomination of supervisors.
Master of Clinical Psychology
Domestic applicants for the coursework program Master of Clinical Psychology must submit an application through the University Admissions Centre (UAC)
Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy
Applicants for the research programs, Doctor of Psychology (Clinical), Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy, must complete a Postgraduate Research Program and/or Scholarship Application. Applicants for clinical programs must also complete the Research School of Psychology Supplementary Information for Clinical Psychology.
Application forms for domestic and international students.
ANU On-line Applications may also be submitted but all supporting documentation, including the Supplementary Application Form for Clinical programs, must be either scanned and attached to your application or forwarded by mail.
Research School of Psychology (Building 39)
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
phone : (02) 6125 2795 or 6125 2796
fax : (02) 6125 0499
phone (outside Australia) : +61 (2) 6125 2795 or 6125 2796
fax (outside Australia) : +61 (2) 6125 0499