Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

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October 2018 intake now open. Apply by Monday, 24 September.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced is a 100% online fourth year program designed to open doors into practising psychology. Upon completion, you’ll be able to undertake further specialised postgraduate training or an internship via the Psychology Board of Australia towards becoming a professional psychologist.

  • Accredited by The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)*
  • 100% online, flexible study – including all assessments, research and exams
  • Six intakes a year – start whenever you are ready
  • Psychology Research Portal – access to the first-of-its-kind Monash University portal encompassing all the tools you need to complete your research fully online
  • Dedicated support – personalised support team to guide you throughout your studies

*Accreditation of the GDPA is currently conditional. Students will graduate with an APAC-accredited psychology sequence, allowing progression towards professional training and career development.

Entry requirements

For entry into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, you will need:

  • a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology or a graduate diploma in psychology (e.g. Monash Online’s Graduate Diploma in Psychology), which is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC),
  • at least a distinction (70%) average across second and third year psychology units (including psychology electives); OR across all psychology graduate diploma units, excluding any foundational units,
  • to meet minimum entry requirements for admission to Monash University
  • to meet the English language requirements

In addition, your qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years. If you have international qualifications, you must have it assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as being Australian-equivalent.

Alternative entry

Alternative entry points are available for cognate-degree holders. Please contact us for more information.

Entry requirements

For entry into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, you will need:

  • a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology or a graduate diploma in psychology (e.g. Monash Online’s Graduate Diploma in Psychology), which is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC),
  • at least a distinction (70%) average across second and third year psychology units (including psychology electives); OR across all psychology graduate diploma units, excluding any foundational units,
  • to meet minimum entry requirements for admission to Monash University
  • to meet the English language requirements

In addition, your qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years. If you have international qualifications, you must have it assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as being Australian-equivalent.

Alternative entry

Alternative entry points are available for cognate-degree holders. Please contact us for more information.

Career outcomes

With a Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, you have a versatile career outlook. You could undertake further study or an internship via the Australian Psychology Board to become a professional psychologist or researcher. You could also find roles in other industries such as human resources, marketing, counselling, teaching, mental health and more. Find out more about your various pathways and career options with the ‘Where can psychology take you?’ infographic.

If you’re wondering about whether psychology or counselling is right for you, this ‘Psychology vs Counselling – What is the difference?’ infographic tells you more about the differences between the two areas.

Career outcomes

With a Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, you have a versatile career outlook. You could undertake further study or an internship via the Australian Psychology Board to become a professional psychologist or researcher. You could also find roles in other industries such as human resources, marketing, counselling, teaching, mental health and more. Find out more about your various pathways and career options with the ‘Where can psychology take you?’ infographic.

If you’re wondering about whether psychology or counselling is right for you, this ‘Psychology vs Counselling – What is the difference?’ infographic tells you more about the differences between the two areas.

Degree curriculum

This course will provide you with advanced knowledge in specific areas of the science and practice of psychology, through both coursework and research.

Expand your knowledge of psychological assessment and intervention, ethics of psychological practice, research methods and statistics. This is the opportunity for you to nominate a psychological area you wish to focus your research on and work with one of Monash’s research experts on your project.

There are three parts to the course consisting of core, research and elective units. You will study:

Part A – Core units (18 points)

  • PSY4405 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology
  • PSY4406 Psychological Assessment and Intervention
  • PSY4407 Psychology in Industry – Pathways to Employment


Part B – Research units (24 points)

  • PSY4401 Psychology Research Project – Statistics and Research Design for Professional Psychology
  • PSY4402 Psychology research project – Literature review
  • PSY4403 Psychology research project – Methodology and data collection
  • PSY4404 Psychology research project – Results and discussion
  • PSY4400 Psychology research project: Final grade (0 points)* This unit will be taken concurrently with PSY4404.


Part C – Elective units (6 points)

  • PSY4408 Perspectives in clinical and developmental neuroscience, OR
  • PSY4409 21st century applications of psychology

Research Portal

As a Monash Online student, you will have access to the first-of-its-kind Psychology Research Portal, which encompasses all of the resources, information, and tools you need to complete your research project in a fully online mode. The portal was initially developed to support the research of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology Advanced, and is now being rolled out University-wide to all researchers and students. You will be able to manage every stage of your project online from collaborating with your supervisor, accessing vast volumes of data, sourcing participants, collecting primary data and conducting experiments through to analysing your findings and storing your data.

Further information

Degree curriculum

This course will provide you with advanced knowledge in specific areas of the science and practice of psychology, through both coursework and research.

Expand your knowledge of psychological assessment and intervention, ethics of psychological practice, research methods and statistics. This is the opportunity for you to nominate a psychological area you wish to focus your research on and work with one of Monash’s research experts on your project.

There are three parts to the course consisting of core, research and elective units. You will study:

Part A – Core units (18 points)

  • PSY4405 Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology
  • PSY4406 Psychological Assessment and Intervention
  • PSY4407 Psychology in Industry – Pathways to Employment


Part B – Research units (24 points)

  • PSY4401 Psychology Research Project – Statistics and Research Design for Professional Psychology
  • PSY4402 Psychology research project – Literature review
  • PSY4403 Psychology research project – Methodology and data collection
  • PSY4404 Psychology research project – Results and discussion
  • PSY4400 Psychology research project: Final grade (0 points)* This unit will be taken concurrently with PSY4404.


Part C – Elective units (6 points)

  • PSY4408 Perspectives in clinical and developmental neuroscience, OR
  • PSY4409 21st century applications of psychology

Research Portal

As a Monash Online student, you will have access to the first-of-its-kind Psychology Research Portal, which encompasses all of the resources, information, and tools you need to complete your research project in a fully online mode. The portal was initially developed to support the research of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology Advanced, and is now being rolled out University-wide to all researchers and students. You will be able to manage every stage of your project online from collaborating with your supervisor, accessing vast volumes of data, sourcing participants, collecting primary data and conducting experiments through to analysing your findings and storing your data.

Further information

Contact us

Phone

1300 025 961 – free call from Australia

Operating hours: 9am-5:30pm AEST Monday to Friday

Email

Course information: monashonline.admissions@monash.edu

Contact us

Phone

1300 025 961 – free call from Australia

Operating hours: 9am-5:30pm AEST Monday to Friday

Email

Course information: monashonline.admissions@monash.edu