Psychology - M5013

Open up diverse career opportunities with the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, delivered 100% online. This course is a pathway towards becoming a practising psychologist or an opportunity to learn psychological concepts that can be applied in a range of industries.

Perfect for those wanting to transition into psychology or who seek a psychological perspective in their current role, this graduate program provides you with an introduction to psychology as a behavioural science. You’ll gain transferable skills in research, critical thinking and problem-solving through contemporary units and coursework in which you’ll apply theory to real-world contexts.

Engage with highly qualified academic staff and fellow students bringing a range of backgrounds and experience to discussions, in a flexible, accelerated course accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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Where can the Graduate Diploma in Psychology take me?

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a flexible qualification that allows you to pursue a wide range of career opportunities. Upon completing the course, you may choose to continue onto an Honours or fourth year of psychology studies, a requirement to becoming a psychologist that is fulfilled by the Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced, delivered 100% online through Monash.

If your career dreams lie in other industries, this graduate qualification will give you an edge with your ability to apply a psychological lens to organisational challenges. The skills and knowledge you’ll gain will see you position yourself for career advancement or to move laterally within an organisation, applying a psychological perspective to your role with authority.

At a glance

Course Details

  • Online: Part time
This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • 2 years (part time)
Start date
January, March, May, July, August, October
Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Course Handbook

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology combines introductory study of the field with topics including developmental and biological psychology, abnormal psychology, principles and processes of test development, test administration and test interpretation. You’ll cover cognitive psychology, social psychology and personality, while developing a strong understanding of professional ethics for psychologists.

Through an accelerated course design, you’ll dive into the fundamentals of psychology in addition to intermediate and advanced topics in the 10 units completed in 18 months. Studied 100% online with 1 hour of participation in live classes per week, this course provides the ultimate flexibility, meaning you can study without sacrificing any of your other commitments.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (Domestic students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent).

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

The course consists of nine core units and one elective unit. You must complete both foundational units (PSY4111 and PSY4122) before proceeding to the intermediate units (PSY4131 and PSY4051). Once both intermediate units are complete, you are able to progress onto the advanced level units.

Making the application

Future students

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 fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.