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Why I chose to study psychology with Monash Online

So you’ve decided you want to pursue study in psychology and kick start your career as a psychologist. The next step is deciding which university is right for you. This can be an overwhelming task, as there’s a lot to consider, especially if you’re thinking about studying online. 

To help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together a list of five key reasons why our current Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP) and Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced (GDPA) students chose to study with Monash Online.


1. Flexibility

Our traditional postgraduate psychology courses and psychology single units are offered 100 per cent online, meaning you have the option to study when and where you choose.

“I live in a rural area with limited educational opportunities and it didn’t suit my lifestyle to relocate,” says GDP student Emma Wag. 

“I wanted a course that would enable me to continue to live and work rurally. Studying with Monash Online has enabled me to stay in my community while gaining an accredited qualification from a university with a good reputation.” 

As was the case with Emma, our online learning format means you can begin your pathway to becoming a psychologist from the comfort of your own home, without compromising other priorities in your life, such as family and work.


2. Dedicated support

Throughout your time with Monash Online, you will have a dedicated support team to guide you through your studies.

During the admissions phase, our Course Consultants will make the decision-making process easier for you. They are here to answer any questions you have about the course and help you submit your application. Once you have enrolled, you are allocated a dedicated Student Success Advisor who will support you from the moment you begin your course, to when you graduate. 

“I was impressed by the first contact I had with Monash Online,” says GDP graduate Denise Wong, “and I have since appreciated their continued focus on helping me to succeed academically and professionally.”


3. Networking opportunities 

Despite popular belief, online learning doesn’t have to be isolating. In fact, one aspect that our students like most about our psychology courses is the opportunity to learn from experts in the field. 

“Most of the tutors I have had also studied a Graduate Diploma in Psychology to initiate a career change. It’s motivating to see people working in the field after the long path of study,” says GDP student Emma Wag.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in student forums and connect with people interested in psychology from all around Australia. Not only can you develop friendships, but you can also gain valuable references and connect with people who may be able to help you later on in your career. 

“The instructors create a sense of being mentors as well as colleagues with their students,” says GDP student Carrie Reynolds, “which has helped me to relate to my instructors as people I could one day work beside or collaborate with.”


4. Accelerated study

Online learning lets you start your career as soon as you like. Monash Online has six intakes per year, so you can gain a fully accredited qualification when it suits you. Take GDP student Alison Walter for example.

“As I am in my late-40s I wanted to get to my psychology qualification as quickly as possible and Monash Online provided the quickest path,” says Alison. 

The self-managed nature of online learning also means that you can absorb and retain the information during your six week subject at a pace that suits you. “I really enjoyed the compact nature of the course, which focused on one subject for six weeks before moving on to the next,” says GDP graduate Patrick Haylock.

“It allowed me to really engage with the content without distraction from competing assignments in other courses.” 


5. Quality 

Our psychology courses are accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC), so you can be confident that the curriculum meets the required Australian education standards. 

“Monash University has high academic standards, it leads the way in research and innovation, and it is well recognised in the profession of psychology,” says GDPA graduate Chris Kirmos. “Given that Monash University sets high expectations for its students, I wanted to be a part of this respected tertiary system.” 

Monash University is consistently ranked in the top 100 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World Rankings), and is a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of Australia’s leading research-intensive universities. Part of this can be attributed to our quality teaching and innovative resources, such as the first-of-its-kind Monash Psychology Research Portal.

When deciding what university is right for you, it's important to think about the key features you value most. Whether it’s the flexibility to study wherever you want, access to quality resources or having dedicated student support to help you along the way. The list above is just a snapshot of how Monash Online can help you on your path to becoming a psychologist. 

Bok in a time to chat to one of our Course Consultants to find out more about the Graduate Diploma in Psychology and the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced.

To read more about the online learning experience at Monash Online through the eyes of our students visit the student testimonial page