Graduate Diploma in Psychology

1 year full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 061720G

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The Graduate Diploma in Psychology consists of eight compulsory subjects and two elective subjects.  These ten subjects comprise of the three-year undergraduate sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Knowledge: Graduate Diploma in Psychology students should demonstrate:

  • advanced knowledge and comprehension of Psychology’s major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to consider how psychological principles apply to behavioural and societal problems;
  • knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention.

Skills: Graduate Diploma in Psychology Students should be able to:

  • apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes;
  • interpret, design, and conduct research studies to address complex psychological research questions;
  • apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice;
  • demonstrate effective writing and oral presentation skills to communicate psychological theories and research findings to academic, professional and lay audiences.

Application of knowledge and Skills: Graduate Diploma in Psychology students should be able to use their knowledge and skills to:

  • describe applications of psychology and articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues, address pressing societal needs, and inform public policy;
  • apply psychological concepts and theories to issues in home, community and work-place settings;
  • describe and execute problem-solving and research methods to propose effective solutions to problems of behavioural change in a range of contexts (e.g., workplace, global, etc.); develop and articulate evidence of attaining skill sets desired by psychology employers.

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for graduates of non-Psychology who may be interested in changing career direction and perhaps eventually qualifying as a registered psychologist, or for those who wish to study psychology out of interest in the discipline. This APAC accredited course is the first step towards becoming a registered psychologist. 

100 level psychology subjects are designed to give students an overview of the study of psychology and provide grounding in the methodology of the discipline.

200 and 300 Level psychology subjects provide students with the opportunity to critically examine basic psychological concepts and theories in the areas of biological bases of behaviour, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, and social and personality psychology. Students also develop skills in research methodology and data analysis. In the third year, students choose two electives which allow them to study an area of interest in depth.

Graduate Diploma in Psychology students participate in the normal lectures and classes of psychology undergraduate students. Unlike our undergraduates, Graduate Diploma students only have to complete the ten subject sequence, and do not need to take additional subjects in other disciplines. All psychology subjects at the University of Melbourne include a laboratory/tutorial component in addition to a lecture program. 

Graduate Diploma students, upon successful completion may apply for entry to an accredited fourth year program in psychology at the University of Melbourne or at other Australian universities. The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is offered both as a part-time and as a full time program.


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