Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced (4th year)
Course code: M5003
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced is a completely online fourth year honours-equivalent course, designed to open doors into practising in this field. 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
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 an 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. Each unit is worth 6 credit points, and you will need to complete a total of 48 credit points to complete your degree.
There are three parts to the course consisting of core, research and elective units.
Part A – Core units (18 points):
This unit focuses on the ethical, legal and professional issues that practising psychologists face. You will discuss issues such as legislation, professional organisations, codes of professional conduct, conflicts of interest, providing psychological services to children and multicultural clients, managing suicidal clients, reporting child abuse, and providing online services.
This unit examines individual differences and the ways these can be assessed and treated using evidence based approaches. You will be given a background to the development of test models and test evaluation methods, including a review of recent trends in test development theory.
This unit will familiarise you with the steps required to become a registered and licensed psychologist in Australia, and the various career pathways available, both specific and beyond the profession of psychology. You will learn to identify and enhance specific employability skills acquired throughout your psychology studies.
Part B – Research units (24 points):
This unit focuses on developing an understanding of statistical concepts, including a review of a number of statistical techniques and an introduction to the philosophy of research design and analysis. You also will explore the issues that may arise around the choice of statistical technique and preparation of data.
This unit is the first of three that make up the GDPA research project. You will undertake a supervised research project that aims to provide training in both discipline specific and generic research skills, and form the basis of a literature review and research report presented at the end of the course.
This section of the GDPA research project will consist of a description of the methodology used as well as the accumulation of research data via the conducting of experiments, surveys, and database access. Course materials and guidance will be provided to ensure the coherent synthesis of these components into the overall project.
During this unit you’ll develop the results and discussion components of the GDPA research report. This includes the written analysis of result and data and discussion as to how the results may have contributed to knowledge of the research area.
*This unit will be taken concurrently with PSY4404. The incorporation of feedback received within these units is submitted within PSY4404. This unit awards the overall research thesis grade.
Part C – Elective units (6 points):
This interdisciplinary elective takes a lifespan approach to examining elements of neuroscience and developmental psychology. You will also cover selected current issues in psychology with a focus on mental health and illness.
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 a psychology course 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.
Depending on your state, experience level and specialisation, as an entry-level psychologist in Australia you can expect to earn an average of AU$71,000 a year, which increases according to experience up to a range of $54,832 to $120,000 for a highly experienced psychologist (Payscale).
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.
Course fees (2019 pricing)
$4,187.50 per unit
1.4 years part time
Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Aug, Oct
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2019 Dean’s Awards for Excellence
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