While these areas do share some common ground, psychology and counselling differ greatly. This ‘Psychology vs Counselling – What is the Difference?’ infographic will explain the major differences between both fields.
The main difference between the programs is the flexibility of delivery. Both programs contain a combination of coursework and a research component delivered at an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8 and allow for progression into supervised practice or further study.
A key component of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced is the research project, which you will complete in a 100% online mode via the world-first Psychology Research Portal. The Psychology Research Portal was initially developed for the online Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced but is now used University-wide by Monash researchers and students.The portal encompasses all of the resources, information, software and tools you need to complete all stages of your project. You can use the portal to access research journals, recruit participants for your experiments, collaborate with your supervisor and other students, conduct experiments, and collect and analyse your data.
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced is a fourth-year equivalent course, and just as with an Honours degree, you will be able to use it to apply for further studies such as a master’s or PhD. You will still have to meet the relevant entry and GPA requirements when applying for further studies.
You will be able to undertake leadership roles in public or private hospitals, health care institutions or companies, take up roles in local, state or federal health departments in health policy, planning and management, or undertake research or further study at universities or health institutions. Many of our students come from clinical backgrounds and want to use their knowledge and skills to go from helping people one-on-one or in small groups to helping people on a larger scale in more influential roles. You could also find work overseas in health advocacy or policy planning for non-government and international aid organisations.
Our students are already managers in the health care sector and the course will formalise your knowledge in health services management and help you stand out to achieve senior-level roles. You could undertake leadership roles in health care provider services such as hospitals, nursing homes, physician group practices, diagnostic labs, and home health agencies. Common job titles include: clinic manager, department or division director/manager, facility manager, health care consultant, health and welfare services manager, hospital administrator, medical records manager, nurse manager, operations manager or program manager.
The main differences are that public health relates to the study of public health systems, policies and challenges whereas Health Administration is more about the management of health care institutions. If you study public health, you will need a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and work experience in the health care industry. Upon graduation, you may take on leadership roles in health care institutions or move into policy planning, research or community/international development roles where you can use your medical knowledge and skills to broaden your influence. If you study health administration, you do not need a medical qualification but will need management experience in the health care industry. Upon graduation, you may take on management or leadership positions within health care organisations.
The main difference is that the former gives students a broad understanding of management and business practices across various industries, while the latter focuses on management specifically in the health care industry. The Master of Health Administration covers management topics such as leadership, accounting, marketing and economics. However, it also delves into the inner workings of the health care industry and includes subjects such as health systems and policy, biostatistics and managing the patient process.
You should check with your educational institution and/or the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) that you have completed accredited nursing studies equivalent to an Australian Qualifications Framework Level 8.
If you are taking foundation units, they will be credited towards the remainder of your studies, so that you will only complete eight units in total. If you do not meet the entry requirements for a full offer or foundation unit entry into the course, you may be eligible for pathway entry by taking some single units before starting the full course. Single unit enrolments are not credited toward your course. Please speak to an Enrolment Advisor for further information.
Data Scientists are much sought after across a wide range of industries as companies worldwide need specialists who are capable of sorting out and visualising vast amounts of data so that they can make important business decisions. Data science and the skills you will learn in wrangling, processing and visualising data can be applied to industries such as health care, agriculture, marketing, banking & finance, utilities, media, information technology, consulting, education & training, science, retail and much more. See our infographic of data science careers for more information.
This is a requirement of Psychology Board of Australia’s. You must commence your studies in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced within 10 years of completion of your last psychology undergraduate unit.
You will need to get your qualification assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Find out more on the APS website.
The first step is to complete a three-year accredited psychology degree such as a Bachelor’s degree or Graduate Diploma in Psychology. You then need to follow up with a fourth-year of accredited study such as an Honours degree or the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced. You will then need to follow up with an internship or further study, such as a Masters or PhD, to qualify for general registration as a psychologist. Please visit the Australian Psychological Society’s website for complete details on the various pathways to becoming a psychologist.
Psychology is a versatile qualification that can lead you into a wide variety of careers. You could go onto further study or training to become a professional psychologist or researcher. Psychology is also very useful in industries such as management, human resources, teaching, health care, mental health, counselling, criminal justice, change management, user experience, marketing, product design and more. You can find out more about your various pathways and career options in this ‘Where can psychology take you?’ infographic.
You should apply via the Monash Application Portal and follow the steps provided in the portal. The required documentation may differ for each course. Find out more on the ‘Apply to our Online Courses’ page.
Applications typically take about one-to-two weeks to process if we have received all the required documents, and you will be informed about the outcome via email. If we have not received all of your certified hard copy documents, you will receive a conditional offer until we receive them. Your offer will be converted to a full offer once you satisfy all of the application requirements.
At the minimum, you will need access to a PC or Mac, headphones with a microphone, an up-to-date web browser, 100MB of free disk space, RAM 128MB of memory, and a good high-speed internet connection. In terms of software, you will need an antivirus program (available free for our students), Adobe Reader, Java, and Adobe Flash Player.
No, the course is conducted 100% online, including research projects and exams. However, you may need to attend live online classes and attend online exams at set times.
You will need to provide certified copies of your transcript for previous tertiary study, photo ID, proof of citizenship/permanent residency, proof of English Language proficiency and change of name (if applicable) e.g. marriage certificate. Some courses require additional documents such as a statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, or references. Find out more on the apply page.
There are a number of ways to prove English language proficiency if you have not studied recently, including high school certificates, employment verification, professional letters, or completing an English test. Please visit the Monash English language requirements page for more information.
No, your transcript will not mention the delivery mode and you will receive the same certificate as on-campus students.
FEE-HELP is available to all Australian citizens and some types of resident visa holders. Please visit the Australian Government’s Study Assist Fee-HELP page to find out if you are eligible.
FEE-HELP can be used for postgraduate studies and is not a government subsidised loan. HECS-HELP is a loan for students studying undergraduate Commonwealth supported courses. Visit the Study Assist website for more information.
A teaching period refers to the six-week study blocks in which each unit is run. Six teaching periods are held in a year so you can get your qualification sooner.
All our courses are conducted 100% online, but you may have to attend some live online classroom sessions and online exams at set times. However, you are free to plan your own time to watch pre-recorded lectures, and complete readings and assessments.
All Monash Online students receive a dedicated Student Support Advisor who will guide you throughout your course. You will also have access to course instructors, fellow students and dedicated tools such as live video, chat and discussion forums.
You will complete your learning on Moodle, your learning management system, where you will be able to participate in discussion groups with your classmates. You can also interact with other students on the university’s online social networks.