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Swinburne University of Technology

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Graduate Diploma of Psychology Online delivery

  • Graduate Diploma

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
18 months full-time
Course Code
Study Mode
Online, In person
Intake Months
Mar, Jul, Nov
Domestic Fees
$24,540 per year / $36,810 total
International Fees
$27,760 per year / $499,680 total

About this course

This course is delivered through Swinburne Online. Swinburne Online delivers Swinburne University of Technology programs designed to meet the needs of those who are unable to undertake on-campus study. These programs have been specifically designed for online delivery and support.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is designed to provide graduates from another discipline an opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in psychology. The program provides advanced knowledge and skills in Psychology, while providing the foundation training required by the professional accreditation body, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). When fully accredited, this qualification is the first step in the pathway to professional registration as a psychologist, and will cater to individuals who may be considering a new career as a psychologist (e.g. clinical, organisational or educational psychology).

Offering this course fully online provides further flexibility for employed students who may not be able to attend on-campus classes.

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Career pathways

Swinburne intends that its teaching programs assist all its graduates to be:

  • capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas
  • entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community
  • effective and ethical in work and community situations
  • adaptable and able to manage change
  • aware of local and international environments in which they will be contributing (e.g. sociocultural, economic, natural)

This course has received conditional accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) who require accredited Psychology courses to provide a solid foundation in each of the following:

  • Core discipline knowledge and understanding
  • Research methods in psychology
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Values, research and professional ethics
  • Communication skills
  • Learning and the application of psychology

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Psychology, students must complete 150 credit points comprising 12 compulsory Psychology units of study.Maximum Academic CreditThe maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Graduate Diploma of Psychology is 75 credit points (normally six units)

Credit for prior study or work

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about credit.