What does flexible study mean for me?
Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.
Personalised study journey
Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.
Fit study around your life
You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.
Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.
Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.
Your course structure
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) consists of seven units that can be completed over 15 months full time.
Your graduate diploma will focus on arming you with skills in various counselling methodologies in workplace-focused units like ‘Counselling and Interventions’. You will also explore a number of major therapeutic approaches, which will ultimately inform your own psychological practice, including psychoanalytic, existential, behavioural, cognitive, family and solution-focused therapy
Why study a degree in psychology with Swinburne Online? Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. View all units in this graduate diploma.View All Units
How you'll learn
How you'll learn
Learning designed for online
Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.
You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and be guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.
The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.
Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.
To be eligible to apply, Australian applicants must have completed an APAC-accredited three-year or equivalent sequence in psychology. Students must achieve a minimum of a Distinction average (70%) in core psychology units at the third-year level.
Applicants who have completed a psychology major at an overseas university MUST provide evidence that their degree meets the requirements of an APAC-accredited Australian undergraduate degree in psychology.
Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.
English language requirements
- IELTS (Academic Module): Overall 7.0 with no individual band below 7.0
- Swinburne English Language Centre: EAP 5 Advanced level with overall 75% and all skills 70% or above
- TOEFL iBT: minimum score 95 (Reading no less than 20, Writing no less than 22)
- Or equivalent measures available here.
The estimated fee for this course is $25,800*.
Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.
Course fees may change without notice and will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.
This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students. Depending on your citizenship, you may be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.
Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.
Your pathway to becoming a psychologist
With a sufficiently broad focus – and an emphasis on building practical workplace skills through independent research projects – you will gain a unique insight into what field of psychological practice or research you wish to specialise in.
Upon completion graduates will be able to follow one of two pathways to attain provisional registration. This may be in the form of enrolment into an accredited higher degree; or alternatively a fifth year specialist qualification, plus one year of supervised practice.
With your general registration as a clinical psychologist, provide therapeutic interventions and clinical assessment in a public mental health service context, or practise as a psychologist in private practice.
Work as part of a treatment team to provide counselling and therapeutic support to families navigating crisis, who in many cases have experienced significant disadvantage.
Mental Health Support Worker
Become an essential part of the mental health support network and specialise in assisting people with a variety of complex needs.
Human Resources Coordinator
Apply psychological research and analysis in a human resources context, creating positive workspaces that increase employee well-being and drive higher employee engagement.