Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Swinburne Online - online delivery only
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology provides a fast-tracked way of learning the fundamentals of psychology for those who have completed a bachelor degree in another discipline.
Develop knowledge in psychology and apply this to research projects and psychology practice activities. Analyse human behaviour, neurological disorders and cognitive processes to deepen your understanding of human nature.
Completion of this course may lead to job opportunities in mental health, counselling, psychology and community service.
This course has received accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Subject to full accreditation, this diploma is the first step to becoming a professional psychologist. Graduates who wish to practice as a psychologist will need further training in psychology as required by the Psychology Board of Australia.
18 months full-time or part-time equivalent
Online (March, July, November) - View application and start dates
2023 Start Dates
Study with Swinburne Online
With Swinburne Online, the learning experience is 100% online and studied at your own pace. Our courses are built for the jobs of the future with a focus on collaboration and our flexible learning environment empowers you to study on your own terms. They are developed by leaders in the field and taught by professionals with industry experience.
Course information in detail
- Course detail, course structure and units of study.
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is designed to provide graduates from another discipline an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in psychology. The program provides advanced knowledge and skills in Psychology, while providing the foundation training required by the professional accreditation body, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). When fully accredited, this qualification is the first step in the pathway to professional registration as a psychologist, and will cater to individuals who may be considering a new career as a psychologist (e.g. clinical, organisational or educational psychology).
Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Diploma of Psychology is 75 credit points (normally six units)
Units of study
PSY70011 Brain and Behaviour
PSY70012 Fundamentals of Psychology
STA70006 Foundations of Statistics
STA70007 Analysis of Variance and Regression *
PSY70013 Social Psychology *
PSY70014 Cognition and Human Performance *
PSY70015 Developmental Psychology *
PSY70016 Psychology of Personality *
PSY70017 History and Philosophy of Psychology
PSY70018 Abnormal Psychology *
PSY70019 Psychology Project *
Careers and graduate outcomes
- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives and graduate skills.
Aims and objectives
- systematically review, critically evaluate, consolidate and synthesise research from a variety of sources to inform their knowledge and conceptual understandings in psychology.
- formulate arguments that are fit for purpose and demonstrate an advanced understanding of the relevant theories and evidence in psychology.
- critically analyse, evaluate and transform information to generate creative solutions to solve complex problems in the area of psychology
- define and integrate theoretical principles and independently apply these in a range of contexts relevant to psychology
- apply knowledge and specialised skills with responsibility and accountability for their own learning and practice, individually and in collaboration with others
- interpret and communicate complex ideas, problems and arguments in a professional manner to a range of audiences using a range of media
- coherently articulate a line of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and apply a framework to analyse and offer solutions to ethical dilemmas in local and international contexts.
Swinburne intends that its teaching programs assist all its graduates to be:
- capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
- entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
- effective and ethical in work and community situations
- adaptable and able to manage change
- aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. sociocultural, economic, natural)
- Core discipline knowledge and understanding
- Research methods in psychology
- Critical thinking skills
- Values, research and professional ethics
- Communication skills
- Learning and the application of psychology
Pathways and scholarships
- Pathways, credit transfer, recognition of prior learning and scholarships.
Course fees and requirements
- Entry requirements and non-year 12 entry.
|2023 rate*||Estimated total cost of the course||Estimated cost of the course per year if studying full-time*||Annual Amenities fee if studying full-time*|
||$40,680||$27,120||See how your SSAF is calculated|
How do I pay my fees?
FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.