Graduate Diploma in Psychology

  • CRICOS code: 061720G

Course overview

  • 1 year full time / 3 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer Intake - January, Start Year Intake - February, and Mid Year Intake - July


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.

Course Intakes and Minimum Course Duration

IntakeCohort Minimum Course Duration
Summer (January) Domestic and International 1 year
Start Year (Semester 1 - March) Domestic only 2 years
Mid Year (Semester 2 - July) Domestic only 1.5 years

Course description

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.

Upcoming information session

Graduate Diploma in Psychology Information Session

When:  Tuesday 2 May 2023, 12.30-1.30pm (Melbourne, Australia Time)

Hear from Course Convenor A/Prof Simon Cropper and current students in this interactive session to learn more about the program, student experience, how to apply and much more.

Register here