Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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Course essentials

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).

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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

On successful completion of this course, students 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.  

Course structure

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

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Year 1, Semester 1

Core units

Note that in some years APH4071 may be offered in Semester 2 instead of Semester 1. In this case, students must complete APH4013 in Semester 1 and APH4071 in Semester 2.

Plus ONE of the following:

Year 1, Semester 2


Note that in some years APH4013 may be offered in Semester 1 instead of Semester 2. In this case, students must complete APH4013 in Semester 1 and APH4071 in Semester 2.

Plus ONE elective selected from the following:

Note that not all electives are available every year.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: The minimum requirement for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Psychology will normally be: the completion of all requirements for an ordinary degree conferred by Victoria University; the completion of an APAC accredited major in psychology; a minimum of distinction level (70%) performance in psychology at third-year level. Note that all applications are ranked according to academic merit, therefore the cut-off score for receiving an offer differs from year to year and may be somewhat higher than the minimum requirement of 70%.
    Students who have completed their APAC accredited major in psychology at another university or similar institution are also eligible to apply for this course.

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