The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for graduates of other disciplines who may be interested in changing career direction and perhaps eventually qualifying as a registered psychologist, or for those who wish to study psychology out of interest in the discipline. The course consists of eight compulsory subjects and two elective subjects, worth 12.5 points each (125 points in total). These ten subjects comprise the three-year undergraduate sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), which is required as a first step for professional registration.
Graduate Diploma in Psychology students participate in the normal lectures and classes of psychology undergraduate students. Unlike our undergraduates, Graduate Diploma students only have to complete the ten subject sequence, and do not need to take additional subjects in other disciplines. All psychology subjects at the University of Melbourne include a laboratory/tutorial component in addition to a lecture program.
Graduate Diploma students, upon successful completion may apply for entry to an accredited fourth year program in psychology at the University of Melbourne or at other Australian universities. The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is offered both as a part-time and as a full time program.
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Application & Fees
Application Closing Dates:
Summer Semester 2015: 31 October 2014 [CLOSED]
First Semester 2015: 24 December 2014. Late applications will be accepted until the 30th of January 2015.
Second Semester 2015: 31 May 2015
Summer Semester 2016: 31 October 2015
Online application: https://sis.unimelb.edu.au/onlineapplication/
To make your application experience easier, you need to know the “study package code” or “Program code”. Graduate Diploma in Psychology: 340AA
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There are no commonwealth supported places available for any student, however Australian citizens may be eligible for fee help. Please see Future Students Website
- Eligibility: Completion of a recognised undergraduate bachelors degree or equivalent in any field of study except degrees with a significant psychology component or a major in psychology
- Applications will be considered from applicants who have completed a psychology major degree more than 10 years prior to application
- Applicants who have already completed an Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate psychology major within the previous ten years are NOT eligible to apply for entry to the Graduate Diploma
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology offers you a unique level of flexibility. Several options are available dependant on when classes are scheduled, with a number of subjects taught in late afternoon/evenings. Click below for a sample course outline:
The minimum amount of time in which the full-time qualification can be completed is 12 months (January – December). Students who wish to complete the course full-time must apply to start the course in the summer intake. It should also be noted that this is a particularly intensive mode of study and students often find it necessary to spread their studies over a longer period of time.
It is possible to change to a part-time mode after completing the summer intensive subjects which will then allow completion of the program within two years.
PSYC80001 Mind Brain and Behaviour 1 (Summer Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC80002 Mind Brain and Behaviour 2 (Summer Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC10003 Mind Brain and Behaviour 1 (First Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC10004 Mind Brain and Behaviour 2 (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC20006 Biological Psychology (First Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC20008 Developmental Psychology (First Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC20007 Cognitive Psychology (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC20009 Personality and Social Psychology (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
For students commencing the Graduate Diploma in Psychology prior to 2015
PSYC30013 Research Methods for Human Inquiry (First Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30021 Psychological Science: Theory and Practice (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
For students commencing the Graduate Diploma in Psychology from 2015
Electives (Choose Two):
PSYC30012 The Unconscious Mind (First Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30017 Memory, Perception and Cognition (First Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30018 Neuroscience and the Mind (First Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30014 Psychopathology of Everyday Life (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30015 Applications in Psychology (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30016 Social and Emotional Development (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30019 Development of the Thinking Child (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30020 Psychology of Sleep and Emotion (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
PSYC30022 Trends in Personality and Social Psychology (Second Semester) (12.5 points)
Click on the images below for other sample course plans:
Advice for international students
- International students are only eligible for the summer term intake, full time option
- English language test of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent required which should be made available as part of the application as typically there is not enough time to complete this before enrolment. We do however recommend as high a level of proficiency as possible due to the intensive nature of the program
- There are currently no University of Melbourne sources of funding for international students for this program
- Transcript from university should clearly outline all subjects undertaken
- For further advice, please see Future Students: International Students website
- A complete academic transcript of your completed undergraduate bachelors degree. Originals or certified copies are typically required. When an unconditional offer made, we will require a certified original copy
- No academic referee reports required
- No personal statement required
- Copy of passport (original required upon enrolment
- While this is a graduate qualification, the subjects undertaken comprise of the undergraduate APAC accredited psychology sequence
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Outbound study abroad
As well as the brochure, see the 'Our Melbourne' website. Students receive additional support through the Student Centre of the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences
What can I do with a Graduate Diploma in Psychology?
- Taking on a data analytics role within a financial services organization where previously employed in customer service
- Moving from office administration to consulting within a human resources consultancy
- Adding Psychology teaching area to secondary teaching role
- Moving from general administration in a university to working in research support
A dedicated Graduate Diploma Student Computer Lab is available to all students on this program, in addition to the wealth of facilities open to all students.
This program does not offer graduation as part of the typical Graduation Ceremonies, but alternatively a dedicated evening ceremony is provided for family and friends where testamurs are awarded, usually in March each year