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Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

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Dive further into your study of the human mind as you continue your journey towards becoming a registered psychologist.

Expanding knowledge, improving practice

Push the boundaries of your learning and advance your psychological skill set. The Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced is a fourth-year, honours-equivalent program designed to continue your pathway to becoming a psychologist or pursuing a research degree. You’ll delve into specific areas of the science and practice of psychology and explore their contemporary applications. 

This course combines psychological theory and methodology with integral research skills, giving you a pathway into roles within universities and hospitals, education and training institutions, government departments influencing public policy, and corporate organisations conducting market research and consultancy work. 

What you will learn
  • Psychology fundamentals
    Explore topics such as developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and personality and social psychology.
  • Professional ethics
    Understand how ethics inform psychological research and practice.
  • Psychological perspective
    Understand human behaviour and motivation in diverse contexts.

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Core units, Part B. Research units and Part C. Elective units. All students complete all parts.

Part A. Core units

These units will address core issues in modern psychology, along with ethics and evidence-based approaches to psychological assessment and intervention.

Ethical and professional issues in psychology

Psychological assessment and intervention

Psychology in industry: Pathways to employment

These units will develop your understanding of scientific methodology, statistics and their application in psychology.

Psychological research project: Statistics and research design for professional psychology

Psychology research project; Literature review

Psychology research project: Methodology and data collection

Psychology research project: results and discussion

Psychology research project: final grade

These units will enable you to further develop your knowledge of psychology through a choice of electives covering contemporary topics in the field – such as mental health and illness, or developmental clinical psychology.

Perspectives in clinical and developmental neuroscience

21st century applications of psychology

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a major in psychology, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) with at least a distinction (70 per cent) average across second and third year psychology units (including psychology electives).


A graduate diploma in psychology, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) with at least a distinction (70 per cent) average across all psychology graduate diploma units excluding any foundational units.

These qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants with international qualifications will need to have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

For the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, the estimated cost is $4187.50 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced is accredited through the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Psychology online at Monash

Studying psychology online through Monash allows you to learn from leading academics in the field and provides access to innovative technology solutions to complex psychological issues. Unique to Monash, you’ll conduct research through the award-winning Research Portal, a comprehensive, high-quality virtual environment.

The course is a collection of eight core, research and elective units designed to advance your knowledge of psychological theory and research methodology. Develop your discipline-specific research skills through a research project that opens up exciting opportunities in the research space come graduation.

Meet your academic team

Edith Drajkopyl

Edith Drajkopyl has a strong passion for bringing together neuroscience with health and sports psychology. She has experience leading and coordinating a team of enthusiastic educators in our statistics and research design unit, and actively teaches statistics and neuroscience in both the GDP and GDPA.  She is a clinical neuroscientist with real world experience working with not-for-profit organisations and for a cognitive biotech company.

Dr Michael Rowlands

Dr Rowlands is a forensic psychologist with over 10 years’ experience working with criminal populations.  He specialises in assessing risk of sexual violence.  Dr. Rowlands leads a team of researchers in the forensic domain, and coordinates/teaches in neuroscience and the application of psychology in the 21st century.

Dr Kim Johnston

Dr Johnston is the Unit Coordinator of the three Research Project units in the GDPA: PSY4402, PSY4403, and PSY4404 and leads the team of research educators who support students in the conduct of their independent research project. She has practiced in diverse areas of psychology and has a passion for transformational and empowering research and education.

Thanks to Monash, I have the potential to be promoted and work internationally, and I am only two units in.


Monash Online student

Industry insights

A Graduate Diploma in Psychology Advanced will help you take the next step towards becoming a registered psychologist. As a registered psychologist you will be able to work as a psychologist in a range of areas, including:

  • mental health and wellbeing 
  • education and training 
  • population health 
  • drug and alcohol 
  • justice and corrections 
  • public policy.

4.2 stars out of 5
Clinical psychologists report very high job satisfaction.

22.8% job growth is expected for clinical psychologist roles over the next five years.

$110,000 is the most common salary for a clinical psychologist in Victoria.

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