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Graduate Diploma in Psychology

  • Graduate Diploma

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences' Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for graduates of other disciplines who may be interested in changing career direction and eventually qualifying as a registered psychologist, or for those who...

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Duration
1 year full-time, 3 years part-time
Course Code
061720G
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months
Jan, Mar, Aug
Domestic Fees
$44,680 total

About this course

The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences' Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for graduates of other disciplines who may be interested in changing career direction and eventually qualifying as a registered psychologist, or for those who wish to study psychology simply out of interest in the discipline.

The course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and provides the required foundational sequence of subjects for students wishing to undertake further study in psychology to pursue a career as a registered psychologist or as a researcher in psychology.

Study in psychology prepares graduates for a diverse range of careers that are based on understanding human behaviour, including health, education, industry, commerce, welfare and government.

The academic staff are internationally renowned researchers in their fields who guide students to develop advanced skills in critical thinking, scientific reasoning, psychological research design, data analysis and the application of research findings to a range of contexts. In addition, students develop their ethical reasoning skills and an awareness of and respect for the diversity of human experiences.

The accredited sequence provides a strong grounding in core psychological concepts and theories in the areas of biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and clinical psychology, with reference to both the historical foundations of the discipline and to the latest cutting-edge research. The range of electives subjects in the final year provides the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in at least one domain of interest.

Study locations

Parkville

What you will learn

The course is comprised of 125 credit points of psychology subjects, including eight compulsory psychology subjects (100 credit points), and two elective psychology subjects at Level 3, selected from a range of electives (25 credit points).

Graduate Diploma in Psychology students undertake most of the same subjects and attend most of the same classes as students completing the accredited undergraduate major in Psychology, with the exception of two compulsory advanced level subjects that replace the two compulsory Level 3 subjects in the undergraduate major. The two advanced level subjects recognise the graduate status of the students and specify learning outcomes consistent with an AQF Level 8 qualification, particularly in relation to research methods and communication skills.

The accredited sequence provides a strong grounding in core psychological concepts and theories in the areas of biological, cognitive, developmental, social, and clinical psychology, with reference to both the historical foundations of the discipline and to the latest cutting-edge research. The range of electives subjects in the final year provides the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in at least one domain of interest.

How to apply

Applications are now open for mid year intake 2020.  

Summer intake summer semester 2020 - now closed

When do applications close?

Sunday 17 November 2019

When do classes start?

Monday 6 January 2020

Start year intake semester one 2020 - now closed

When do applications close?

Sunday 2 February 2020

When do classes start?

Week beginning Monday 2 March 2020

Mid year intake semester two 2020

When do applications close?

Sunday 21 June 2020

When do classes start?

Week beginning Monday 3 August 2020

Before you begin your application, make sure you have the following ready:

  • The year you graduated from your highest level of education
  • The year you started and finished your most recent qualification
  • For Melbourne alumni, your former student ID
  • A copy of your transcript. You can upload a copy or share it via My eQuals or CHESICC.

To search for your course:

Course code

Course title

Course category

Availability year (year you want to start)

340AA

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Graduate Diploma

2020

Good to know:

  • Only select one version of the course. For example: 2020 - full time - summer intake - Graduate Australian Fee Place
  • Once you’ve entered and reviewed your details you’ll be sent an automated email to confirm you’ve successfully registered – this is when you’ll begin your official application.
  • Select ‘Yes’ if you would like to apply for advanced standing (credit or recognition of prior learning). Find out more about advanced standing.
  • Make sure you save your application throughout

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Extra requirements

Studied at another university

  • A copy of your transcript. You can upload a copy or submit it via My eQuals or CHESICC.
  • If uploading a copy of your transcript you need to know:

  • If your transcript includes a record of the grading scheme
  • If your transcript includes a statement of completion

Born outside Australia

  • What year you entered Australia

Permanent resident (but not an Australian citizen)

  • The date your residency was granted
  • If you’ll be residing in Australia during the course
  • What year you entered Australia

Holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or intend to apply for a permanent humanitarian visa

  • The date your visa was granted
  • If you’ll be residing in Australia during the course
  • What year you entered Australia

You live with a parent or guardian

  • Their highest level of educational attainment

Rural or regional background: you have lived in a rural area for 5 years (consecutive) or 10 years (cumulatively).

  • Whether you live or lived in a rural or isolated area as defined by the Australian Standard Geographic Classification of: RA2, RA3, RA4 or RA5. If you are based in Victoria this essentially means anywhere outside of Melbourne or Geelong.

You can check the classification of your address on the Department of Health and Ageing website.