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Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) Online


1.3 years part-time*



Start date

25th October

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  1. The new way of thinking fourth year psychology. Download a brochure now to learn more. 
  2. Our 100% supported online program frees you to complete your studies while working full-time. 
  3. Take advantage of the unparalleled support, resources and reputation that studying at a Group of Eight university has to offer. Check out the program entry requirementsfees and curriculum details below.  
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It’s honours—reimagined

With our honours-equivalent online program, you’ll have access to the same world-class education as our on-campus program.

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Your psychology career a reality

Strengthen your skills for further postgraduate studies and beyond with our career development and 1:1 tutoring services.

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The support you need

Our expert, knowledgeable and world-class educators work with you to help achieve your best results, at every stage of the program.

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Get set for success

Time management tips, helpful resources or administrative guidance—we provide what you need, when you need it.

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Explore your passion

Take your passion for the human mind and explore it through your research project in health, society, organisations and more.

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Start at the right place—and time

With six intakes a year, you decide when to start. Access your program 24/7 — and complete your research online from anywhere in the world.


Flexible online learning 

MyUni is an innovative online learning platform that is easy to use and has all the resources you will need to complete your degree. Many of our students continue working full time or dedicate the additional time to gaining essential work experience.  

How long is each subject?: Upskill faster by completing one course every six weeks.    

What should I expect?:  

  • Weekly interactive webinar tutorials to ask questions and deepen your knowledge  
  • weekend drop-in sessions with your tutors  
  • discussion forums with your peers and tutors  
  • course readings and guided research  
  • three assessments over the six weeks. 

What will my assignments be? 

The assessments in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) draw on real-world or simulated-real-world experiences.  

The final research project assessment provides you an opportunity to bring together and showcase the skills developed throughout the program. Download a brochure to learn more about the research project.  


What skills will I gain?   

On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to: 

  1. demonstrate ethically appropriate and competent interpersonal and intercultural communication and interview skills in situations appropriate to psychological practice and research
  2. demonstrate basic assessment strategies in situations appropriate to psychological practice and knowledge of psychometric theory and principles of the construction, cultural considerations, implementation and interpretation of some of the more widely used standardised psychological test instruments  
  3. explain how basic psychological intervention strategies can be applied across a range of contexts
  4. design and justify a research agenda in a topic relevant to the discipline of psychology.     
  5. develop and execute an effective data analysis plan that is transparent, reproducible, and based on ethical best practice
  6. synthesise and communicate findings related to a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology, for a variety of audiences. 


Study online, on your terms

Meet your Program Coordinator 

“Our program is a flexible and fully online alternative to a traditional fourth year (honours) in psychology.”

– Dr Christopher Bean, Program Coordinator

Psychology careers

Expertise in human behaviour empowers you to make a real change in people’s lives. Choose a career path that fits your personal interests and study goals.

Practising psychology

Registered psychologist

Working as a psychologist is a deeply fulfilling experience. If you wish to become a registered psychologist in Australia, you will need to complete further postgraduate study once you successfully graduate from a fourth year program. Learn more here.

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People centric roles

There are many rewarding career opportunities available to you when you study psychology. Improve human endeavours in a wide range of settings, be it in business, education, health, sport, social services or relationships.

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Research and academia

For students who wish to become a researcher or academic, successful completion of the online Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) will also help you meet the entry requirements for psychology PhD or a doctorate.

  • Professional and interpersonal skills - PSYCHOL 6600OL

    In this course, students will develop key interpersonal communication and interview skills, including active listening, clarifying and reflecting, effective questioning, summarising and paraphrasing, developing rapport and empathic responding. Students will learn how to appropriately integrate these skills into culturally responsive professional practice, and engage in reflective practice to determine areas for further development. They will also begin to demonstrate basic assessment skills through case formulation. Key aspects of the course include the application of knowledge and skills related to interprofessional collaboration and cultural responsiveness, as well as practice across diverse professional settings.

  • Understanding and synthesising psychological evidence - PSYCHOL 6601OL

    Psychology graduates working in industry, government, research and private practice often need to know and comment on the ‘evidence base’ for a psychological treatment, intervention or theory. This course provides you with the technical knowledge to construct and understand different kinds of reviews and repositories of evidence, including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, meta-syntheses, and open datasets. Processes and challenges underlying evidence-based psychological practice will also be discussed.

  • Applied quantitative and qualitative methods - PSYCHOL 6602OL

    This applied methodology course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for understanding and using research methods in psychology.  With a guided step-by-step approach, this course will explore how to use both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

  • Psychological measurement and assessment - PSYCHOL 6603OL

    How do you measure and assess the psychological capabilities, health and attributes of people? This course will build the knowledge necessary to select, deploy and interpret psychometric instruments in a variety of settings in an ethical and culturally competent way, as well as in the context of digital and emerging technologies.

  • Psychological applications and interventions - PSYCHOL 6604OL

    How do you apply psychological knowledge and intervene in health, legal, and organisational settings to improve psychological and practical outcomes? This course will develop the thinking necessary to identify a problem, assess and apply psychological knowledge in a culturally responsive way to improve the lives of individuals, communities and organisations. It will also cover entrepreneurial skills for the translation of psychological knowledge.

  • Project planning, managing and analysing data - PSYCHOL 6605OL

    What skills do you need to plan a project, manage a dataset, and effectively analyse data in the real-world? Building on the theory and skills developed in Applying Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, this course emphasises the competencies required to plan, carry out, and distribute research in a rigorous, transparent, and ethically responsible way.

  • Research project (part A) - PSYCHOL 6606AOL

    How do you bring together evidence to answer critical questions in psychology? This course will provide you with the opportunity to investigate a substantive individual research question relevant to the discipline of psychology, using the skills and knowledge you have developed during the program of study. Both Part A and Part B must be studied in consecutive teaching periods.

    Part A is offered every alternate teaching period. May affect program duration.

  • Research project (part B) - PSYCHOL 6606BOL

    How do you effectively communicate data for advancing theory and practice? This course will focus on developing the skills required to summarise and translate research findings for a variety of audiences. It will result in a final research paper reporting the results of an individual investigation. Both Part A and Part B must be studied in consecutive teaching periods.

    Part B is offered every alternate teaching period. May affect program duration.

Academic entry requirements

To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced), you need to meet one of the following requirement options: 


  • A completed bachelor's degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5, that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) three-year sequence in psychology. 


  • A minimum grade average of 65% in Level 2 and Level 3 psychology courses taken as part of that degree. 



  • Completed an APAC-accredited Graduate Diploma of Psychology with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5. 


English language requirements  

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction. You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the Minimum English Language Requirements, however, you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency if you are an Australian citizen or hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada (English speaking provinces only), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. If English is not your first language of instruction, further documentary evidence will be required so please check the detailed Minimum English Language Requirements document for information about acceptable English language tests.

What is the total cost? 

The total cost of the online Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is $31,920 or $3,990 per course (2021 pricing). 


Is there fee-help available? 

Yes, Australian citizens are eligible for a HELP loan. You must also be enrolled in a program with the University of Adelaide by the enrolment deadline (census) and have not reached the HELP loan limit. Once you have been offered a place in a University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process. Please see the Study Assist website for further details. 

  • I don't meet the minimum entry requirements for GDPA, what are my options? 

    If you don’t meet the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) entry requirements, you have the option of applying for our Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Students may be eligible for course credits. If the outcome of your credit application is successful, your Graduate Diploma in Psychology GPA score will not be impacted by these courses.  

    Should you wish to learn more about your options, our team of Enrolment Advisors are here to answer your questions and address your challenges. Get in touch on 1300 294 092, email or by booking in a call. You can also chat with them live on our website. 

    Unfortunately, students will not be able to use relevant work experience for credit in a GDPA. 

  • What are the research components of the GDPA and how do they compare to honours?

    Research is an important aspect of psychology as it is an evidence-based field. Both on-campus psychology honours and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) online involve an element of academic research. Students typically complete research throughout their entire honours studies and produce a thesis. During an online GDPA, you will complete a research project over the last two teaching periods of the program. The skills you will need to complete this research project will be covered in the earlier courses in the program to help you feel fully prepared. The final research project gives you an opportunity to showcase your new research skills and prepare you for further psychology studies. 

  • How much data analysis is there in GDPA?

    The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) gives you the skills to develop and execute a data analysis plan that is transparent, reproducible, and based on ethical best practice. The primary two subjects that cover these analytical skills are ‘Understanding and synthesising psychological evidence’ and ‘Project planning, managing, and analysing data’. 

    If you need to scrub up on your maths skills, the University of Adelaide offers students a wide range of additional support through complementary 1:1 tutoring and our Maths Learning Centre.  

  • Are psychology research reports, essays, and case studies part of the GDPA program?

    Throughout the course, students will learn how to write psychology research reports, essay assignments and case studies with guidance from dedicated academic support. This vibrant online learning experience is also supported by experienced psychology professionals who can help guide students through the course content.  

  • Is the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) online program APAC accredited?

    We are preparing a submission to APAC for accreditation of our Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced). It is standard procedure for all new psychology programs to be assessed only once the first student cohort has commenced. A student who successfully graduates from a program of study which holds APAC accreditation (either with or without conditions) at the time of their graduation is considered to have completed an APAC-accredited program of study. You can learn more on the APAC website.   

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