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Graduate Diploma of Psychology

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is an APAC accredited fourth year psychology program. The course aims to provide for the completion of a four year sequence, which is a requirement for advanced study in psychology.

The course includes content focused on the theoretical and empirical bases for psychological measurement and assessment, evidence based approaches to psychological intervention, developmental psychopathology, and professional practice issues and ethics. The course also includes comprehensive coverage of psychological research, and students complete an individual research thesis. All teaching staff are experienced clinicians or researchers who are committed to advancing the field of psychology through their own work and their interaction with students.


Location: Hawthorn East Intake: Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year
Delivery:  Full Time and Part Time Fees:  Fee information can be found here
Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time FEE-HELP: Yes
CRICOS Course Code: 092970K
Course Duration and Structure

This one year full time or two year part time program consists of 100 credit points. Students undertake a total of seven units of study consisting of five coursework units (62.5 credit points or 62.5%) and two research units (37.5 credit points or 37.5%).

Year One
GDP1 Professional Practice and Professional Ethics
GDP2 Research Methods
GDP3 Psychological Assessment
GDP5 Research Thesis 1
GDP7 Developmental Psychopathology Across the Lifespan
GDP4 Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence
GDP6 Research Thesis 2
Admission Criteria

Applicants must have completed a three year sequence in psychology in an accredited APAC program of study, within the last ten years. Minimum entry standard is a credit average (60%) in second and third year psychology units with credit in most units.

For entry into the course, students are required to submitted an application through the Apply Now page, with certified or original scanned copies of the following supporting documentation:

  • Most recent academic transcripts
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A 500 word personal statement outlining what factors have contributed to the application
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate).
Recognition of Prior Learning

Students applying for this program may enter into a process in which they may be granted credit or partial credit towards the qualification in recognition of previous experience where an equivalence of earlier learning can be established.

Credit transfer for an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) course, is only applicable for recently completed APAC accredited postgraduate programs.

Credit or partial credit is not granted in recognition of knowledge or skills gained through work or life experience.


Graduate Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical codes, legislation, and professional standards to issues relevant to psychological research and professional practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the development and application of psychological assessment and intervention.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of developmental psychopathology.
  • Have the capacity to critically consider the impact of sociocultural and developmental factors in psychology research and professional practice.
  • Apply the scientific method to answer psychology-related research questions (i.e., study design, data analysis and interpretation).
  • Demonstrate sophisticated oral and written communication skills.


Career Opportunities

Graduates may apply the  knowledge and skills acquired in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology in their current workplace. Graduates will be able to consider further study or employment in a range of fields where the knowledge and skills acquired in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology can be applied (e.g., Community Services, Business, Counselling). Graduates will also be eligible to apply for entry into Master of Psychology training programs.


Professional Recognition

On completion of the course, graduates will be eligible to:

  • Apply for provisional registration as a psychologist.
  • Apply for entry to an APAC accredited Masters training program that leads to registration as a psychologist.