Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

Postgraduate coursework

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science offers students the opportunity to complete an accredited major sequence in psychology without having to undertake a full-three-year degree.

Domestic student information

Please note: students who have already completed an undergraduate course in psychology (or psychology major sequence) and are looking for their 4th year in psychology should apply for our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (H650).

Key facts


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2019 close 24 February 2019

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (H603) offers students who have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any other discipline but who wish to change career path, the opportunity to complete a major sequence in psychology without having to undertake a full-three-year degree.

This one-year Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (H603) is a 10- credit point course that is compliant with AQF level 8 standards of knowledge and skills and has been designed to meet APAC accreditation requirements for an undergraduate psychology degree. Please note that an APAC accreditation assessment will be undertaken in 2019.

All 10 units are compulsory, there are no elective units. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (H603) students can undertake the further study required to fully register as a psychologist or exit after the one year course and enter a variety of professional demanding the skills of an undergraduate course in psychology.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science can be completed in one calendar year by taking advantage of the Deakin trimester system. It is offered to domestic and international students.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science students must attain 10 credit points. All units in the course are core (these are compulsory) and must be completed; there are no elective units.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

2019 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Burwood (Melbourne)
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 3 - November

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Mandatory student checks

There are no mandatory student checks for this course


It is expected that students will spend approximately 150 hours per trimester, per credit point.

Participation requirements

Students are required to complete units in Trimester 3 if they wish to complete this course in one year.

Work experience

Not applicable

Entry requirements

Entry information

To be eligible for admission into this new course, applicants will need to have:

  • a recognised Level 7 undergraduate degree qualification (from a discipline other than psychology).
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Recognition of prior learning

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
$25,800 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
Not applicable

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Scholarship options

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Need more information on how to apply?

For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

Register your interest to study at Deakin

Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

Entry pathways

The only means of entry into the course is when students have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree (Level 7) in a discipline other than psychology, from a recognised tertiary institution. Individual applications for specific Recognition of Prior Learning will be considered on an individual basis. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for further study in psychology, but they will not be able to articulate into higher-level psychology courses automatically.

Faculty contact information

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888


Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

The course is designed to build upon and substantially enhance the knowledge and skills graduates from other disciplines have gained, by providing a broad overview of the discipline of psychology in one year of study. This degree allows students with an existing non-psychology degree to fast-track to a career in psychology. Graduates from this course who do not undertake the further study required to fully register as a psychologist are still highly employable in a variety of industries including the public sector and statutory bodies, community groups, non- governmental organisations and business (e.g., human resource management, market research).

Professional recognition

The course will be subject to Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation assessment in 2019 and, if approved, will enable you to undertake additional study in pursuit of professional registration as a psychologist.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Achieve a deep conceptual understanding of the major ideas, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology.


Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts including with diverse ethnic and cultural partners and within teams.

Digital Literacy

Be able to use digital technologies to source appropriate materials, conduct research and disseminate findings

Critical thinking

Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and metal processes. 

Understand and apply and evaluate basic research methods in psychology including research design, data analysis and interpretation to solve real world problems

Problem Solving

Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.


Understand and appreciate the core values of psychology (i.e. value empirical evidence; tolerate ambiguity during the search for a greater understanding of behaviour and knowledge structures ;act ethically and professionally; understand the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity and reflect other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a discipline).


Demonstrate understanding and sufficient responsibility for working in a team, including effective communication for task planning, co-ordination, decision-making and evaluation within the team situation.

Global Citizenship

Demonstrate, report and apply ethical principles to understand how to work productively in the field of psychology within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts by collaborating and communicating in a self-reflective and culturally sensitive manner.


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