Psychology Advanced - M5003

Psychology Advanced

Graduate diploma

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced is a fourth-year, Honours-equivalent program designed to continue your pathway to becoming a psychologist or pursuing a research degree. Delivered 100% online, you’ll dive further into the specific areas of the science and practice of psychology and explore contemporary applications of psychology. Emerge from this industry-leading course ready to take on your next career step with key analytical, research and communication skills.

Accredited through the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), this course is a collection of eight core, research and elective units designed to advance your knowledge of psychological theory and research methodology. Develop your discipline-specific research skills through a research project that opens up exciting opportunities in the research space come graduation.

Studying psychology online through Monash allows you to learn from leading academics in the field and provides access to innovative technology solutions to complex psychology study. Unique to Monash, you’ll conduct research through the award-winning Research Portal, a comprehensive, high-quality virtual environment providing you with all the tools to conduct research, 100% online.

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Where can the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced take me?

The online delivery mode of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced is a pathway to pursuing your study goals without giving up your current work or other commitments. This honours-level equivalent degree provides career opportunities as a psychologist or counsellor, pathways to further study, and in a variety of roles within fields enhanced by the science of psychology. Confidently apply a psychological perspective to a wide range of industries, backed by a deeper knowledge  of psychology through units focused on advanced theoretical understanding and research practice.

A qualification combining psychological theory and methodology with integral research skills provides a pathway into roles within universities and hospitals, education and training institutions, government departments influencing public policy, and corporate organisations conducting market research and consultancy work.

At a glance

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

Undertake advanced study in specific areas of psychology science and practice through core, research and elective units designed specifically for online study.

You’ll undertake study in psychological assessment and intervention, and the ethics of psychological research and practice. Explore the applications of psychology in a contemporary context and broaden your understanding of clinical and developmental neuroscience. You’ll cement your understanding of research methods and statistics and prioritise your employability through career and professional development.

A research project conducted under the supervision of leading academics will further develop your research skills and understanding, cultivating confidence in your ability to analyse and communicate psychology principles and research.

“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 bachelor 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);


An Australian 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.

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Future students

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Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2022 rates and should only be used as a guide.

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

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