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Graduate Diploma of Psychology

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate

  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Units

    12

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

Take the first step to a new career in psychology with our Graduate Diploma of Psychology. If you have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, this course gets you started with the fundamentals of psychology. With this qualification you can then choose between ongoing study to qualify as a clinical psychologist, or employment in human services fields such as mental health, counselling, sports psychology or family therapy.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology will teach you to analyse behaviour, disorders and cognitive processes to deepen your understanding of human nature. You will develop skills in research methodologies, and participate in psychology practice activities.

This course has received accreditation from APAC and is the first step to becoming a professional psychologist – that is, the equivalent of the APAC accredited 3 year undergraduate program. Graduates who wish to practise as a psychologist will need further training in psychology, which will include an accredited fourth year of study and two additional years as required by the Psychology Board of Australia.

What are the entry criteria?

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this course, applicants must have completed an undergraduate qualification.

English language requirements

  • Swinburne University English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: 70%

OR

  • Obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0

OR

  • A TOEFL (Paper-based) minimum score of 550 (with Test of Written English (TWE) score of 5)

OR

  • A TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 79, with no individual band below 18

OR

  • Equivalent levels of English language proficiency using other English language tests or measures as approved by the Senior DVC & Provost.

This course will allow me to find more than just a job; it will enable me to keep pursuing my passion of working more comprehensively in the field of human behaviour and further understand the complexities that this area presents.

Jola, Swinburne Online graduate

Course Units

Introduction to Research Methods (PSY70010)
Brain and Behaviour (PSY70011)
Fundamentals of Psychology (PSY70012)
Social Psychology (PSY70013)
Cognition and Human Performance (PSY70014)
Developmental Psychology (PSY70015)
Psychology of Personality (PSY70016) (PSY70016)
History and Philosophy of Psychology (PSY70017)
Abnormal Psychology (PSY70018)
Psychology Project (PSY70019)
Foundations of Statistics (STA70006)
Analysis of Variance and Regression (STA70007)
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Career opportunities

Career opportunities

  • Mental Health Support Worker

    Coordinate group counselling sessions and provide peer support for people suffering mental illness who are pursuing recovery through the sharing of lived experience.

  • Counselling Psychologist

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

  • Sports Psychologist

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

  • Family Therapist

    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.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

  • Develop advanced psychological knowledge

    Critically analyse the theories and evidence in psychology.

  • Research

    Synthesise research from a variety of sources to develop your knowledge.

  • Interpret and communicate complex ideas

    Develop strong professional communication for a range of audiences.

  • Ethical practice

    Apply knowledge and frameworks to ethical problems.

  • Problem solving

    Use creative solutions to solve complex problems in psychology.

  • Personal learning

    Apply knowledge and specialised skills with responsibility and accountability for your own learning and practice.

On successful completion of this Course students will be able to:

  • Systematically review, critically evaluate, consolidate, and synthesise research from a variety of sources to develop advanced psychological knowledge
  • 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 applied and theoretical problems in psychology
  • Define, evaluate, and integrate theoretical principles; responsibly and independently apply these in a range of general and professional 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 lines of reasoning demonstrating cultural sensitivity and professional accountability, and apply frameworks to analyse situations and offer practical solutions to ethical problems in local and international contexts

Course rules

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Psychology, students must complete 150 credit points comprising

  • twelve (12) compulsory Psychology units of study (150cps).

Volume of Learning
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology consists of a total of 150 credit points. All units carry 12.5 credit points (cps). A standard annual full-time load comprises eight (8) units (100 cps), and a standard annual part-time load comprises four (4) units (50 cps). The volume of learning of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology is typically 18-24 months.

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).

Research Statement
N/A

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

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Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

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  • Do I have to purchase learning materials?

    For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.

  • Which units should I start with?

    When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Liaison Team and they will take care of it for you.

  • Do I need to be logged on to study at specific times?

    You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you.

    There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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