Through coursework, clinical placements and a major research thesis, this degree will give you a deep understanding of the neural basis of cognition, emotion and behaviour and qualify you to assess and treat children and adults with neurological and psychological disorders.
This course is delivered over four years, full time, or eight years, part-time, by our School of Psychological Sciences, which boasts leading researchers into addiction, culture, neurodevelopment, brain injury, ageing, mood disorders, sleep and other areas that affect mental health and behaviour.
School researcher and director of the Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, Professor Jennie Ponsford, recently won the prestigious Robert L. Moody Prize in the US for her world-class clinical and research work over 30 years, in which she characterised problems associated with traumatic brain injuries and developed effective treatments.
Associate Professor Nikki Rickard, who has discussed her work on ABC Radio's Life Matters program, uses music to gain insights into the neurobiological foundations of emotion processes, while Dr Govinda Poudel uses Monash's advanced biomedical imaging facilities to identify specific neural pathways associated with neurodegenerative diseases.
Your core coursework units in the degree's first two years cover such areas as neuroanatomy, neuropsychological assessment, fundamentals of professional practice and neuropsychological rehabilitation.
In your third year, you undertake clinical placements and gain experience in specialist areas, which could include rehabilitation or child and adolescent, geriatric, and psychiatric neuropsychology.
Your supervised research project - a 60,000-70,000 word thesis on a topic of special interest, accounting for 70 per cent of your assessment - is an opportunity to bring together the knowledge gained from your coursework, placements and experience to contribute new insights into the theory and practice of clinical neuropsychology.
You can study at our Caulfield, Clayton or Monash Medical Centre campuses and put your career on a path followed by many of our graduates, who have gone on to fill senior research and clinical positions in Australia and elsewhere.
You will graduate ready to pursue a career as a researcher or practising psychologist. You could work in acute-care hospitals, rehabilitation centres, aged-care or paediatric facilities and a range of psychiatric settings. You could also work as a private practitioner, providing valuable neuropsychological services, including medico-legal assessments.
Professional recognition (Australian)
This degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. On completion, you can apply for membership of theAustralian Psychological Society (APS) and full registration as a psychologist.
Gaining endorsement as a clinical neuropsychologist requires at least another year of approved, supervised, full-time-equivalent practice under a supervisor, approved by the Psychology Board of Australia. You can then also apply for membership of the APS's College of Clinical Neuropsychologists.