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Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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

Explore your interest in the human mind

Take the first step towards becoming a registered psychologist, or gain a psychological perspective you can utilise anywhere. This flexible course, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), allows you to do both.

A career as a registered psychologist is a deeply rewarding one, and the Graduate Diploma in Psychology can set you on that path. you have an opportunity to explore practiced-focused counselling or research in neuroscience and gain a robust foundational skill set. You’ll also learn practical psychological concepts that can be applied in a range of industries, such as human resources, marketing, teaching and mental health.

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 you can utilise in many career fields. 
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The course consists of nine core units and one elective unit. You must complete both foundational units before proceeding to the intermediate units. Once both intermediate units are complete, you are able to progress onto the advanced-level units. Students following the recommended study load of one unit per teaching period will be eligible to complete the course in 1.7 years (10 teaching periods).

Fast track your career

Students wishing to accelerate their studies may be eligible to complete in 1.2 years (7 teaching periods) subject to meeting eligibility requirements.

Pathway into further studies in Psychology

Students completing this course with at least a distinction (70%) average across all units (excluding any foundational units) will be guaranteed entry into the Monash Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced.

Need further clarification about our online course structure?

You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

Core units
You must complete the following units.

Psychology 1A

Psychology 1B

Research design and analysis

Developmental and biological psychology

Psychological testing and ethics

Research methods and theory

Perception and cognition

Personality and social psychology

Abnormal psychology

You must complete one of the following units.

Introduction to counselling

Neuroscience of cognition and behaviour

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent)


A Monash University M4039 Graduate Certificate of Mental Health and Wellbeing 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 $4137.50 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.

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).

Psychology online at Monash

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a flexible qualification that allows you to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. Upon completing the course, you may choose to continue onto an honours or a fourth year of psychology studies, a requirement to becoming a psychologist that is fulfilled by the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, delivered 100 per cent online through Monash.

You’ll engage with professionally esteemed and highly qualified academic staff, as well as fellow students from range of backgrounds, in this accelerated course.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Emily Adam


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

Caroline Hennel

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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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 
  • career counselling 
  • youth work 
  • community corrections 
  • social work 
  • 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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