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Accreditation

AHPRA

Study mode

Accelerated 100% Online

Duration

4 months part-time

Units

2

Intakes

Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Oct

Fees

$9,150 total course fee

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Kickstart your career in human behaviour

The Professional Certificate of Human Behaviour and Applied Research provides an entry point into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, you’ll be eligible for provisional registration with AHPRA with potential opportunities for further study and work in the field of psychology and beyond.

4.2 stars out of 5

Psychologists report very high job satisfaction

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Leaders in research

Study with industry leaders
Learn from prominent academics in the field, each with experience and expertise in various areas of psychology, education and research.

Stepping stone on your psychology journey

Entry into Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

Gain an additional qualification on your journey to a career in psychology.

Accelerated & 100% online

Study that’s flexible

Coursework and assessments designed to fit around your needs.

Expand your knowledge, demonstrate your skills

Expand the boundaries of your learning and advance your skill set. The Professional Certificate of Human Behaviour and Applied Research  provides an entry into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced for students who are not eligible for direct entry. You will gain an additional qualification before moving on to complete your Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced.

This course offers you a combination of knowledge in the science and practice of psychology. Provided through a comprehensive understanding of research design and methods, and the choice of a unit exploring ethics, evidence-based approaches to psychological assessment and intervention, psychology in industry and contemporary topics in the field. This in turn establishes a well-rounded foundation to kickstart your journey to a career in psychology or other field – whether as a registered psychologist, researcher or industry professional.

What you will learn
  • Data analysis
    Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and conducting data analysis within the field of psychology.
  • Interpret and communicate
    Demonstrate the skills required to interpret research findings accurately, draw meaningful conclusions, and effectively communicate research findings.
  • Critical evaluation
    Critically evaluate and interpret various theoretical perspectives within the field of psychology.
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Our worldwide Psychology rankings

Dedicated to academic excellence, Monash University has achieved international recognition in its Psychology courses. 
Australia
# 3
THE World University Rankings by Subject
(2024)
International
# 50
THE World University Rankings by Subject
(2024)

Pathways to an accredited psychology qualification

You can graduate with a Professional Certificate of Human Behaviour and Applied Research within 4 months part-time accelerated, after completing 2 units (12 credit points). Once the Graduate Diploma of Advanced has been completed, you will be eligible for provisional registration with AHPRA with potential opportunities for further study and work in the field of psychology.

The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Core units and Part B. Elective units. All students must complete all parts.

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.

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

You must complete the following unit:

Psychological research project: Statistics and research design for professional psychology

You must complete one of the following units:

Ethical and professional issues in psychology

Psychological assessment and intervention

Psychology in industry: Pathways to employment

Perspectives in clinical and developmental neuroscience

21st century applications of psychology

Minimum Entry Requirements:

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a major in psychology, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) with a score between 60-69.99 average across second and third year psychology units (including psychology electives).

OR

A graduate diploma in psychology, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) with a score between 60-69.99 across all psychology graduate diploma units excluding any foundational units.

Applicants with international qualifications will need to have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

For the Professional Certificate of Human Behaviour and Applied Research, the estimated cost is $4,575.00 per unit. Fees are subject to change annually.

Scholarships

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 fees or scholarships?

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

Career outcomes

The workplace of the future is an exciting and dynamic place. A Professional Certificate of Human Behaviour and Applied Research is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in a constantly changing global environment.

What does the future look like for Clinical Psychologists?

With exceptional industry growth and job satisfaction, Clinical Psychologists are sought-after and well-paid.

Salary

$115,000

The most common salary for a Clinical Psychologist in Australia.

STAR RATING

4.2 / 5

Clinical Psychologists report very high job satisfaction.

INDUSTRY GROWTH

+22.8%

Expected growth for Clinical Psychologists over five years.

I think this course is fantastic and it offers a realistic way for many people who want to be a psychologist to fulfil that goal.

Will Sutherland

Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

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 contains two units, which consist of one core unit and the choice of five elective units. These units are designed to advance your knowledge of psychology and offer the first stepping stone on your journey into the expansive world of psychology.

Meet your academic team

Dr Ashlee Field

Dr Ashlee Field is a Clinical Psychologist with 10 years’ experience working in private practice. Evidence based therapeutic techniques utilised by Ashlee include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy. Ashlee is the Senior Supervisor for the Mental Health and Wellbeing Research Domain and the Unit Coordinator for Psychological Assessment and Intervention.

Dr Michael Rowlands

Dr Rowlands is a forensic psychology researcher 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 Ashleigh Schweinsberg

Dr Ashleigh Schweinsberg’s research focuses on psychological education, online learning and self-development. Ashleigh enjoys working in academia with a passion for furthering online education in psychological sciences. Ashleigh is a GDPA graduate who is now the Unit Coordinator of PSY4405: Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology and is the Senior Supervisor for the Educational and Developmental Psychology research domain in the GDPA.

Monash Online GDPA FAQs with Dr Lilani Arulkadacham

Course Convener
Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced

Dr Lilani Arulkadacham explains what makes Monash’s online Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced (GPDA) unique, how the course is structured, what you can expect to learn, how you will be supported and career opportunities on graduation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Research is a significant component of the course, which enables you to pursue three different psychology career paths:
  • Practice psychology path
  • Mental Health path
  • Research path
You’ll learn with a supervisor how to understand and conduct research so that you can complete the thesis component of the course.
A Virtual Lab within Monash University’s portal gives you access to all the resources you need to conduct research. Within the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced course, there are:
  • statistical packages, where research students can analyse their data.
  • research programs that enable students to conduct experiments with their supervisor and research participants.
  • recruitment applications, so that students can recruit their research participants.
You will collaborate with your peers as well as your supervisor and learn to conduct research in a supportive environment.
Many students want to go on to train in clinical psychology, but we also train our students to do research. This means you can go on to undertake PhD research studies and pursue a career in the tertiary education sector. 
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