Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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Course essentials

This information is for Australian residents. View the international version of this course

The Graduate Diploma (Honours) program provides advanced levels of theoretical study and applied aspects within Psychology at fourth year level. This builds on knowledge developed in undergraduate Psychology, Arts or Science courses.

By selection of appropriate units of study, you can pursue a focus that falls into one of three areas: organisational psychology, community psychology and health research.

The program aims to develop skills in critical analysis and independent research in Psychology and to prepare you for postgraduate research or professional careers. This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).


This course is recognised as a fourth year in psychology by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC).

Graduates are eligible to become probationary psychologists with the Victorian Psychologists Registration Board.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

Graduates of this course will be able to:

  1. Utilise advanced cognitive, research, and problem-solving skills to successfully undertake postgraduate research or a professional career in psychology;
  2. Satisfy the educational requirements for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society;
  3. Apply skills in independent research, theoretical analysis and critical evaluation in psychology;
  4. Critically apply advanced knowledge in selected areas of psychology and applied psychology;
  5. Assess and evaluate the nature of psychology as a profession, the ethical and legal responsibilities of the psychologist and the role of the Australian Psychological Society.

The course is designed to meet Australian Psychology Accreditation Council requirements for a fourth-year course in Psychology.

Course structure

To qualify for the award Graduate Diploma in Psychology, students must complete a total of 96 credit points.

Year 1, Semester 1

Core units

Plus ONE of the following:

Year 1, Semester 2


Plus ONE elective selected from the following:

Note that not all electives are available every year.

Admission requirements

  • Mature: A first degree with an Australian Psychological Society accredited specialisation in Psychology (or equivalent) will be the minimum entrance requirement. Relevant experience in either private or public sector organisations will be an advantage. Applicants may be interviewed and requested to provide academic letters of recommendation (referee forms) to assess their suitability for the course. Special consideration for admission will be given to students with disabilities.

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Direct applications due 30 November 2015.

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