Qualification Level



2 Years

Start Date

March, July, November



Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Let’s explore the mind and learn about behaviour from psychology professionals. If you’ve already completed a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, our Graduate Diploma of Psychology is a fast-tracked way of learning the fundamentals of psychology to get you where you want to be, sooner. 

You will develop knowledge and skills in psychology and then apply this in research projects and psychology practice activities. Analyse behaviour, 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 a range of roles that benefit the social and cultural standing of communities.

This course has received conditional accreditation from 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.

Career opportunities

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.

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

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

Learning at Swinburne Online

Fast track your learning

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is a conditionally accredited course from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. We present this course as an opportunity to fast track your learning and 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.

Course units

Entry criteria

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.

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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