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.

Visit this page to find out more about our teaching and research team and explore the range of research areas of our current staff. Specific topics vary from year to year.

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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At a glance

Course Details

  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time

This course can not be completed online. You must be located onshore in Australia to study this course.

1 years (full time), 2 years (part time)
Start date
First Semester (February)
Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology
Course Handbook

Thinking of studying the Graduate Diploma in Professional Psychology ?

Find out what our graduate Alicia Li says about the course.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic 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 requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Inherent requirements

To complete your degree, you will need to demonstrate that you have the abilities, knowledge, and skills to achieve specific core learning outcomes, these are called inherent requirements.

Find out more about inherent requirements for this course.

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

Making the application

Future students

First Semester  (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code D5002



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

Applications for Semester 1, 2023 opened on 29 July, 2022. Applications will close on 20 January, 2023 for domestic applicants. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as applications may close earlier than the published date.

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.

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.