Qualification Level



1 year (FT)

Start Date

Starts March 2019



Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) - coming in 2019

Let’s explore the mind and learn about behaviour from psychology professionals. If you’ve already completed a Bachelor’s degree in psychological sciences or have completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is your next step on the path to becoming a professional psychologist.  

In the completely online course, you will develop advanced knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation, and interpretation of some of the most widely used cognitive and personality assessments, as well as evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention. You will work in teams and independently to complete a research project and develop your skills in project management, research design and report writing. You will also learn fundamental counselling techniques, specialising in how to deliver counselling online.

Recognise and explain how the science and practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts. You will develop an advanced understanding of ethical and professional issues in psychology.

Completion of this course may lead to job opportunities in mental health, counselling, psychology, research, and a range of roles that benefit the social and cultural standing of communities.

Our sought after Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) can be completed in one year, and is only available to students who have completed relevant prior study in psychology (for example, Swinburne University’s Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, or a Graduate Diploma of Psychology following a Bachelor’s degree), with three intakes of students per year.

This course is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. The Department of Psychological Sciences is in the process of seeking accreditation with APAC for this program. Subject to full accreditation, this graduate diploma is the second step to becoming a professional psychologist (equivalent to a Psychology Honours year). Graduates who wish to practice as a psychologist will need further training in psychology as required by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Career opportunities

Psychology Research Assistant
Acquire behavioural and physiologival data, and perform data analysis and statistics.

Sports Psychologist
Help athletes and sporting teams deal with the psychological pressures of their sport.

Mental Health Support Worker
Help mentally or emotionally impaired patients cope with the challenges of everyday life.

Further studies in specialised areas of psychology can lead to a range of careers, including

Counselling Psychologist
Assess and evaluate the problems of patients and assist them in overcoming personal issues.

Family Therapist
Provide counselling support to families in need of assistance.

Learning at Swinburne Online

Fast track your learning

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is a fourth year Psychology program from a university ranked among the top 2% in the world. Subject to full accreditation (which is currently being sought), we present this course as the next step to support you in becoming a fully registered psychologist, as determined by the Psychology Board of Australia.

A community of critical thinkers

At Swinburne Online, you will join a supportive online community of like-minded psychology students. Like you, each person will bring a unique perspective to discussions and classes, where you will work with others on a range of activities and real-life case studies. Our students support each other throughout their course, offering a pool of advice, ideas and encouragement. You’ll also collaborate with experienced professionals, and form valuable networks with those working in the industry.

A unique learning experience

You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so we have created an online degree that can fit around it. You’ll learn in an interactive environment with other like-minded students. Here you will conduct research, practice both critical and reflective thinking, and analyse real situations with others. Our study groups and discussion boards allow you to share your ideas at any time of the day or night.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with analysing financial statements or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Entry criteria

To be considered for this course, applications must have completed an APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited three year sequence in psychology (eg., an APAC accredited Bachelor’s degree in psychological sciences or psychology, or Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or equivalent). Entry is competitive with selection based on academic results for all core second and third year subjects that are part of an accredited psychology undergraduate degree. To be eligible to apply, students must achieve a minimum of a distinction average (70%) in core psychology units at the third year level. 

Please note that 50% of the places in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) are open to applicants from Swinburne University/Swinburne Online only and 50% to applicants from all universities.

English language requirements

Swinburne University English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: overall 75% and all skills 70% or above; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 7.0; OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 95 (Reading no less than 20, Writing no less than 22); OR, equivalent levels of English language proficiency using other English language tests or measures as approved by the Senior DVC & Provost.

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.

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