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Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate

  • Duration

    15 months (part time)

  • Units

    7

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Applications are still available for our November intake.

Becoming a registered psychologist in Australia is a rewarding undertaking that will take a minimum of six years of study. This typically includes a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence; a fourth year of psychology studies; and two years of postgraduate study, supervised workplace experience or a combination of the two.

Our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is the next step on the path for those pursuing a career as a psychologist. Accreditation of this course by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) is currently being sought. Once accredited, the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) will fulfil the fourth-year study requirement for those seeking provisional registration as a practising psychologist.

To qualify for entry you need to have already completed a bachelor degree in psychological sciences OR have a completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, which serves as a bridging course for students who have completed an unrelated bachelor degree.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is a fully online course, in which you will learn to recognise and interpret how the practice of psychology is influenced by varied social, historical, professional and cultural contexts. You will develop a nuanced understanding of ethical issues in psychological practice, and how to apply an evidence-based approach to psychological intervention.

Completion of this course will lead to job opportunities in the mental health sector, including counselling, psychological research, and social work. You will also have the opportunity to attain provisional registration with APAC, and pursue complete a further two years of study and/or supervised professional practice to attain general registration.

You can find out more information about pathways to general registration in psychology on the Australian Psychological Society or APAC website.

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What are the entry criteria?

Entry requirements

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.
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Career & Learning

Career opportunities

  • Clinical Psychologist

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

What you will learn

  • Research

    Learn advanced research and analytical skills that will form the basis of your ongoing professional development, allowing you to critically investigate a range of research topics that inform your professional practice.

  • History and philosophy of psychology

    Situate contemporary psychology practice in its historical context, exploring the defining theories and movements in psychology, such as Freud's theory of the Unconscious, that still shape modern psychology today.

  • Conceptual understanding

    Cultivate a comprehensive theoretical knowledge of core areas of psychological enquiry, including: cognitive, behavioural, developmental, social and clinical methodologies.

  • Problem Solving

    Apply psychological theories, research findings, and skills to theoretical and practical problems in academic psychology and professional practice.

  • Ethical practice

    Develop a nuanced understanding of the ethical responsibilities integral to psychological research and practice.

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Course Units

  • Advanced Quantitative Methods for Psychology (PSY80112)
  • Psychological Assessment (PSY80113)
  • Ethics and Professional Issues in Psychology (PSY80114)
  • Counselling and Interventions (PSY80115)
  • Research Project Development (PSY80117)
  • Literature Review (PSY80118)
  • Empirical Study (PSY80136)
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