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Degree summary

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 fourth-year psychology studies

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 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 fourth-year psychology course consisting of core, research and elective units. 

Part A – Core units (18 points):
Part B – Research units (24 points):
Part C – Elective units (6 points):

Career outlook

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.

Salary expectations

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).

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.

Course Fees

The 2020 unit fees are:

Domestic: $4188.00 per unit

International: $5037.50 per unit

Fees are subject to change annually

Application Checklist for Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

Step 1 - Visit the Monash University Application Portal to begin your application.

Step 2 - Have the below course code and soft copies of the below supporting documents ready before you start. 

Step 3 - When you are ready, accept the Applicant Declaration and submit your application. It is important that you upload all the supporting documents in the below checklist for your application to be assessed.

Step 4 - When you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email, followed by a response from our team within 5 - 10 business days.

If you require assistance at any point, please contact us to speak to one of our Enrolment Advisors.

Course code: M5003
Supporting documents
Evidence of relevant undergraduate psychology study (complete and official transcripts). 
Proof of citizenship/permanent residency.
Proof of English language proficiency (see Monash English language requirements).
Change of name, if applicable (e.g. marriage certificate).
Unit outlines and transcripts for credit applications (if applicable)