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Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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Gain a psychological understanding of the world that you can apply everywhere.

It’s all in the mind

A Graduate Diploma in Psychology from a world-class university is the door-opener to an opportunity that will enrich your life, career and prime you to become an effective leader.

Everywhere you work, you deal with the workings of the human mind.  What makes us tick?  How do you make two or twenty differing mindsets work harmoniously together? 

Whether your future career lies in HR, marketing, teaching, mental health, community health, counselling or the public or private sector, your expert qualification from Monash will put you at the forefront in world-class psychology education.

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
    Acquire a professional psychological lens supported by cutting edge research institutes applicable to all career paths.
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Cut through with the Monash edge

Your Monash Graduate Diploma of Psychology is designed and delivered by the university that consistently ranks in the top 1% of universities globally and is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8).

# 7
(THE World University Rankings by Subject 2022)
# 51
(THE World University Rankings by Subject 2022)
What’s involved

Great achievements take hard work. Here’s what to prepare for:

  • Ten study units, nine core and one elective. Two foundation units are required prior to moving on to the intermediate units, after which you move on to the advanced-level units.
  • If you are following the recommended study load of one unit per teaching period, you will be eligible to complete the course in 1.7 years or ten teaching periods.
  • Fast-tracking is possible in 1.2 years (seven teaching periods) if you meet eligibility requirements.
  • 20 to 24 hours of study per week, additional should be considered for higher achievement.

When you’ve completed the course with at least an average of 70% across all units (beyond the two foundation units), you will have earned a guaranteed entry into the Monash Graduate Diploma of Psychology, Advanced.

Please note that the indicated 20 – 24 hours study load is an estimate only, and extra hours should be considered for higher achievement.

Core units
You must complete the following units.

Psychology 1A

Psychology 1B

Psychological inquiry: theory, methods and practice 1

Developmental and biological psychology

Psychological testing and ethics

Psychological inquiry: Theory, methods, and practice 2

Perception and cognition

Personality and social psychology

Psychopathology and clinical science

You must complete one of the following units.

Introduction to counselling

Contemporary issues and new directions in psychology

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) 


A Monash University M4039 Graduate Certificate of Applied Mental Health with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60. 

English requirements 

Applicants must meet the English language requirements. 

University entrance requirements 

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia. 

Fitness for practice and professionalism 

To complete your course, you are required to demonstrate that you meet fitness for practice expectations. 

Fitness for practice is part of the assessment in all units in this course. If you don’t meet the fitness for practice expectations you will receive a fail mark for the unit and be required to repeat the unit before you can progress to the next year level of the course. In some circumstances, not meeting fitness for practice requirements can lead to exclusion from the course. 

Details of the course’s Professional Standards, Ethical Behaviour and Student Support (ProFESS) framework are found at: 

If you need help understanding any of the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat. 

For the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, the estimated cost is $4300.00 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.

Looking for clarification on fee’s or scholarships?

Enquire with our student consultants and schedule a call to get your questions answered.


The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Learn from the change makers

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Monash is a highly renowned psychology course and the most established course in Australia of its kind. Leveraging from cutting-edge research centers based at Monash, you will learn from global leaders while taking the first step to becoming a registered professional psychologist.

Your expert qualification is delivered around your schedule, under your own conditions to your own ambitious goals. Become an effective leader and thrive in the industry.

Dr. Zahra Aziz

Lecturer and Deputy Course Convener
Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)

Dr. Zahra Aziz has never stopped questioning everything. Using her analytic mindset, she uncovered that it can take up to 17 years for research to reach the real world.

Utilising her world-leading knowledge and research in implementation science, she’s delivering her learnings to thousands of students at Monash university.

Discover how Zahra’s journey could be yours.


Meet your academic team

Dr Michelle Shilders

Dr Michelle Schilders has a PhD in clinical and forensic psychology and has been a valuable part of the GDP team since 2014. She knows that engaged students become successful professionals and values creating learning environments that challenge and motivate students to become the best that they can become.

Dr Heather Soo

Dr Heather Soo is a clinical and health psychologist with an interest in the psychological management of individuals with chronic illness. Her research focuses on how styles of thinking, particularly ruminative processes, influence adjustment and post-traumatic growth in diabetes and cancer.

Farid Zaid

Farid studied philosophy, psychology, and mathematics in his undergraduate degrees at Monash University and is now completing his PhD in moral psychology focusing on moral judgement and moral decision making. He has been a senior instructor in the GDP for the past 5 years.

Having studied at Monash will open doors for me. It is a very well-respected Uni with high standards and when I tell people that I am studying at Monash, everyone is impressed.

Caroline Hennel

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Emily Adam

Dr. Emily Adams takes you through a series of frequently asked questions so you can better understand what makes the Graduate Diploma of Psychology unique.

Discover the Monash difference in:

  • Assessment information
  • Breakdown of course structure
  • High growth career pathways
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Industry insights

A Graduate Diploma in Psychology will equip you with a psychological perspective that will prove invaluable in a number of careers, including within:

  • community services and counselling 
  • youth work 
  • human resources
  • community corrections 
  • welfare work 
  • marketing and advertising.
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4.6 stars out of 5
Counsellors report very high job satisfaction.

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14.5% job growth is expected for counsellor roles over the next five years.

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$90,000 is the most common salary for a counsellor in Australia.

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