Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology

The experience


As a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology student, you will be driven by a passion to help improve the quality of life of people experiencing mental health challenges.

Your pathway as a graduate will be paved with a wealth of practical and academic experience, resulting in an in-depth understanding of and experience in clinical psychology.

As one of the world’s leading clinical psychology programs – one that’s supported by excellent research hubs – the University of Melbourne attracts high achieving students and academics alike.

The day-to-day experience

The two-year part-time Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology offers an intensive program of course work designed to provide the academic and practical foundations required for working as a psychologist. This is backed by extensive supervised clinical opportunities, starting with gaining experience in the University psychology clinic in your first year.

Clinical experience is key to not only gaining Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration, but it ensures you put your learned knowledge into practice. Being immersed in a real-world setting within the University of Melbourne’s internal clinic maximises your learning, and challenges you to help clients deal with mental health challenges. In your second year you will extend this by undertaking external placements, with opportunities available in a wide range of settings.


The University of Melbourne’s Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). It’s your ticket to a tremendously rewarding career at the forefront of the mental health field. By applying your practical knowledge and experience, you’ll be well positioned to make a genuine impact on the lives of others.

Indigenous Students

The university has a student-led representative body - the Indigenous Graduate Student Association (IGSA) – who look to support graduate coursework and research students, enable collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and staff and encourage potential future Indigenous graduate students.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences also has a dedicated Indigenous Support officer to support all current students. More about the resources available to you are available on this page.