Psychology Advanced - M5003

Psychology Advanced

Graduate diploma

This course will increase students' understanding of theoretical and methodological aspects of research, develop their analytic, research and communication skills, and provide them with advanced knowledge in specific areas of the science and practice of psychology. In this course students must complete learning activities designed to expand their knowledge of statistics and the ethics of psychological research and practice, and broaden their understanding of the discipline. Students also undertake a supervised research project, which provides training in both discipline-specific and generic research skills.

The research project forms the basis of a literature review and research paper presented at the end of the course.

The course, which is accredited by the Australia Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)*, is equivalent to a fourth year of a psychology sequence, thus providing eligibility to register as a Provisional Psychologist. This course gives students the qualification necessary to undertake further specialised professional postgraduate training in psychology, such as a Clinical Doctorate. This course also offers students eligibility to enter a two year internship program via the Psychology Board of Australia, which culminates in eligibility for general registration as a Psychologist.

*This course offers graduates a major in psychology fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), permitting them to undertake the further training needed to obtain professional qualifications.

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Course Details

  • Online: Part time
1.4 Years (Part-time)
Start date
January, March, May, July, August, October
Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced
Course Handbook

“I enjoy independent, flexible study so online was suitable for me. This course is APAC-accredited, so that gave me confidence to be able to pursue further studies afterwards. All of the teaching staff have been professional, helpful, and knowledgeable.”

- Loretta, Graduate Diploma in Psychology Advanced

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) with a major in psychology, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) with at least a distinction (70%) average across second and third year psychology units (including psychology electives);


A Graduate Diploma in psychology, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) with at least a distinction (70%) average across all psychology graduate diploma units excluding any foundational units.

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 requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Core Units, Part B. Research Units and Part C. Elective Units. All students complete all Parts.

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Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

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


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


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.