Professional Psychology - D5002

Professional Psychology

Graduate diploma

Are you seeking further studies in psychology? The Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology is an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited fourth-year qualification in psychology.

The course is suited for people who have completed a bachelor's degree with a major in psychology from any course accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and who want to pursue advanced postgraduate study in psychology at master's or doctoral level, or alternatively to undertake supervised psychological practice.

Based on a scientist–practitioner model, the course provides advanced study of the discipline of psychology, research training, and an introduction to psychological practice.

By engaging with contemporary research and literature in developmental psychology, you will:

  • understand human development across the lifespan including biological, perceptual, cognitive, personality, social and emotional changes from infancy to adulthood
  • examine legislation relating to the practice of psychology and how to comply with such legislation
  • appreciate the role of ethics in maintaining the integrity and cohesiveness of the profession
  • learn about individual differences and how these may be assessed using different assessment tools
  • develop an appreciation of the role of scientific research in the field of psychology and undertake an independent research project.

You will have a choice of one elective. At present, topics include positive psychology in professional practice and developmental psychology and wellbeing.

Eligible graduates may proceed to further training and study required for professional registration in psychology.

Note: A minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia. Registration requirements are determined by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA); consistent with the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme. You can read more about the pathways to registration on the Australian Psychological Society (APS) website.

Graduates of this Graduate Diploma qualify for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (Assoc MAPS), and are eligible to progress to fifth- and sixth-year level work in psychology.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time
Duration 1 years (full time), 2 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology
Course Handbook

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Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (International students)


Admission to the course requires successful completion of a bachelor's degree with a major in psychology from any course accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) with at least a distinction (70%) average in third-year psychology. These qualifications must have been completed within the last 10 years. Applicants with international qualifications will need to have their qualifications assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS)

English entry requirements

Level A
IELTS: 6.5 overall (no band lower than 6.0) TOEFL Paper-based test: 550 with a TWE of 4.5 TOEFL Internet-based test: score of 79 overall with minimum scores: Writing: 21, Listening: 12, Reading: 13 and Speaking: 18 Equivalent approved English test

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

First Semester (February)

Apply directly to Monash


Please refer to the How to apply for a Psychology course webpage for more detailed information about applying for this course.

Closing date

Applications for Semester one (February), 2020 close on 24 January, 2020.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: D5002

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.



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.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.

Enrolment Obligations

International students enrolling in a CRICOS-registered course can study no more than one third (33%) of their course by distance and/or online learning. Students must enrol in at least one unit that is not by distance and/or online in each compulsory study period unless the student is completing the last unit of their course. See standard 8.19 and 8.20 of National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

CRICOS code: 084063A

The course is structured in two parts. Part A. Professional studies in psychology and Part B. Research program in psychology.