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Understand the brain and work with people to explore how they think, feel, and behave. Learn to diagnose and treat patients, or create and evaluate positive and meaningful change, build resilience, and enhance development.

In the field of mental health there are many specialisations including psychologist, psychiatrist, and mental health nurse. Whether you’re looking to deepen your skillset or change career focus, we have a course to suit your needs and schedule.

Explore the latest cutting-edge theoretical concepts in psychiatry and their relationship to clinical practice. Develop a broad understanding of the cultural and sociocultural differences that exist in our community and geographical region, and their relationship to individuals and mental illness. 1 year full-time / 3 years part-time. Online.

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Developed in close consultation with Orygen – a global leader of research in the field – this is the only graduate program in Australia dedicated entirely to youth mental health. 3 years part-time. Online.

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Developed in close consultation with Orygen – a global leader of research in the field – learn best-practice engagement, assessment and intervention approaches when working with young people in a therapeutic or clinical context. 2 years part-time. Online.

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Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), this course is designed for graduates of other disciplines interested in changing career direction and qualifying as a registered psychologist, or those with an interest in psychology. 1 year full-time / 3 years part-time. On campus (Parkville).

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Develop practical skills in the applications of psychology and employ them in the world of business; government; the non-profit sector; marketing, consumer and social research; and health. 18 months full-time. On campus (Parkville).

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Created for specialist nurses with excellence in mental health, the course is based on the National Framework for Postgraduate Mental Health Nursing Education developed by the Australian College of Mental Health Nursing. 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time. Online.

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With one in four young people suffering serious mental ill-health*, there has never been a more crucial time to be at the forefront of youth mental health.  1 year part-time. Online. (*Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute’s 2012-20 Youth Mental Health Report).

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Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), this course provides the required sequence of subjects for graduates wishing to attain generalist registration as a psychologist in Australia. 2 years full-time. On campus (Parkville).

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Accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), this course provides the required subjects for graduates to attain generalist registration as a psychologist in Australia, as well as competency in knowledge and skills relevant to the clinical neuropsychology specialisation. 2 years part-time. On campus (Parkville).

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Why study with us?

  • #1 University in Australia and #14 in the world for clinical, pre-clinical and health* (*Times Higher Education 2023 World University Rankings)
  • Benefit from industry links and research networks, including The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Orygen, and the Phoenix Australia Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health
  • #1 in Australia and #17 in the world for Psychology (QS World University Rankings 2022)

Looking for personalised advice?

Find out more about our graduate degrees and get support with your application. Speak to our expert staff online, via phone or at an upcoming event. You can also register to learn more about your course options and opportunities via email.

Michael Diamond, Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Michael was working as a pharmaceutical sales representative a few years after graduating from a medical science degree. His time speaking with clinicians made him re-evaluate where he wanted his life to go, which was to make a positive impact on people. Michael knew that was possible with psychology, and so enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology to begin his pathway to become a registered psychologist.