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Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)

  • Qualification

    Postgraduate

  • Duration

    15 months (part time)

  • Units

    7

  • Start Date

    Mar, Jul, Nov

Overview of the course

Overview of the course

Becoming a registered psychologist in Australia is a rewarding undertaking that will take at least five years of study, depending on the pathway you take. This typically includes a three-year undergraduate psychology sequence; a fourth year of psychology studies; and one or two years of postgraduate study with supervised workplace experience.

Our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is the next step, after completing an APAC approved Level 1 program of study, for those pursuing a career as a psychologist. Conditional accreditation of this course has been granted by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Successful completion of 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 an APAC accredited Level 1 Program OR have 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 apply for provisional registration with APAC if you are successful in enrolling into 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.

Course Units

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

Career opportunities

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.

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Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes

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

  • Apply the theories and methods of psychological science to theoretical and practical problems, and explain the underpinnings of professional practice of psychology.
  • Communicate effectively with specialist, non-specialist and professional audiences in contexts relevant to professional and clinical psychology, and the conduct of psychological research.
  • Apply the principles of selection, development, administration and interpretation of appropriate, valid and reliable psychological tests.
  • Apply psychological assessment techniques and strategies to problems in psychological practice.
  • Explain the principles and application of basic psychological interventions for a range of issues and contexts
  • Apply psychological concepts, theories and methods in a manner that is science-based, safe and ethical, showing situational awareness and cultural competence.
  • Work with a high degree of independence to design, conduct, evaluate and report original research.

Course rules

To qualify for the award of GD-PSYADS Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced), students must complete 100 credit points comprising :

  • Seven [7] core units (100cps)

An overall course grade (e.g., for level of honours, and entry into higher degree courses) is calculated by averaging the marks for the 7 units, each weighted by their credit point value (i.e., the grade for PSY80136 Thesis C – Empirical Study is weighted double).

Volume of Learning

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) consists of a total of 100 credit points. Units normally carry 12.5 credit points (cps). A standard annual full-time load comprises eight (8) units (100cp), and a standard annual part-time load comprises four (4) units (50cp). The volume of learning of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is typically 1 year.

Maximum Academic Credit

The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is 25 cp (normally two units).

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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 Advisors 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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