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Graduate Diploma in Psychology


1.7 years (PartTime)



Program Overview

Have you ever wondered how the brain processes sensory information such as the environment we live in? Been curious about behaviour and perception? Or considered why everyone is different?

What could your future look like?

Completion of our 100% online program will provide you with the perfect foundation to start a career in human resources, mental health services, family and social services, relationship counselling, youth work, justice and corrective services as well as engaging in further study to become a psychologist.

Please note: Accreditation for this program is being sought from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. Subject to full accreditation, this diploma is the first step to becoming a professional psychologist.

What will you learn?

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, graduates will be able to:

  • Synthesise and critique psychological theory, constructs and contemporary knowledge.
  • Apply psychological concepts to complex personal, social and societal issues.
  • Formulate research questions and design psychological research studies.
  • Apply qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodology techniques to analyse psychological data.
  • Produce reports and other materials in formats suitable for a variety of audiences and purposes.
  • Reflect critically on the ethical issues, legislative requirements and evidence-based approaches underpinning psychological research and select areas of professional practice.

  • Foundations of psychology - PSYCHOL 6500OL

    Why do people think, feel and act the way they do? What is psychology, and how does it help us answer this question? This course provides an introduction to foundational concepts and topics within contemporary psychology. You will learn about research, theories, concepts and applications of psychological science in diverse topics such as child development, mental health, personality and ability, biological bases of behaviour, memory and cognition as well as motivation and emotion. This course provides a strong foundation for your future learning in psychology.

  • Research methods, design and analysis - PSYCHOL 6501OL

    How do we make well-founded discoveries about the mind and behaviour? This course will uncover key techniques and tools used to do research in psychology. Students will develop the skills needed to critically evaluate and conduct research into why people think and act the way they do.

  • Developmental psychology - PSYCHOL 6502OL

    What is human development and does it ever stop? In what ways do people change and stay the same as they get older? This course will provide you with a multidimensional understanding of ageing and development across the lifespan. We will consider established and emerging theories, along with contemporary research and applications, in both child and adult development.

  • Psychological health and well-being - PSYCHOL 6503OL

    What does it mean to be healthy? In what ways can psychological health be enhanced or compromised? This course provides an introduction to evidence-based assessment, treatment and prevention. You will form a holistic view of individuals, and recognise their behaviours and experiences from a biopsychosocial perspective. Select topics in mental health, the biological bases of health and behaviour, and applications in the fields of clinical and health psychology will be presented. 

  • Applying research methods in psychology - PSYCHOL 6504OL

    How do we apply methodological and statistical concepts to real-world problems? This course builds onto the foundation provided by research methods PSYCHOL 6501OL, design and analysis, exploring research methods for quantitative and qualitative data in more depth. You will think critically about the process of conducting research, apply your knowledge of research methods to a variety of contexts, and further develop your understanding of common analyses.

  • Culture and context - PSYCHOL 6505OL

    How much are you a product of your environment? In this course you will learn how the culture and context we are surrounded by influences our lives, and the central role of cultural assumptions and values. The importance of understanding these issues in the context of applied work with indigenous people will be emphasised. With applications to organisational psychology, this course will also provide an understanding of how psychology can be used to improve work-related practices, job satisfaction and performance.

  • Social psychology - PSYCHOL 6506OL

    Do you ever wonder why we behave differently in groups than when we’re on our own? This course will explore topics central to contemporary research in social psychology examining, the principles and processes that enable us to understand human social behaviour.

  • Perception and cognition - PSYCHOL 6507OL

    Are you curious about what goes on in people's heads when making sense of the world? This course will delve deeply into the psychological processes involved in perception, learning, and thinking. You will learn about key theories and principles based on cognition research, and consider how this knowledge applies to real-world problems.

  • Individual difference and assessment - PSYCHOL 6508OL

    Are we all different or more similar than we think? This course addresses the field of differential psychology, and will help you understand how and why people differ, despite the broad similarities shared by all humankind. We will review major theories, research methods and findings, and how these translate into practices in the fields of intelligence, personality, and psychological assessment.

  • Learning and behaviour - PSYCHOL 6509OL

    How do we learn from the environment around us? In this course you will explore the theoretical foundations of learning and how they have been supported by research. We will also outline how this knowledge is applied to human and animal behaviour in a variety of real-world contexts.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a great building block in the science and application of contemporary psychology.

This qualification is suitable for individuals who want to develop knowledge and skills to develop their chosen career or who are preparing for further advanced studies to become a psychologist in the near future.

This program is complementary to a range of established careers in a variety of other industries; these include human resources, teaching, counselling, marketing and managerial roles.

To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, you will need an undergraduate Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.