Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Course summary for current students

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Award granted Graduate Diploma of Psychology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code021256B
Deakin course codeH650

Course structure applies to students commencing in 2012. Students who commenced before 2012 should refer to the course structure in the 2011 online handbook.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The course is designed to provide a fourth year of study in psychology for students who wish to pursue a career in a professional field of applied psychology.
The objectives are:

  • to assist in the further development of knowledge and skills that are fundamental to all or at least most fields of applied psychology;
  • to provide the opportunity for students to explore in-depth a number of fields in which psychology is applied so that students are better placed to make decisions about their professional future;
  • to further develop students' abilities to critically evaluate theory and empirical studies; to develop the advanced skills students require to design, implement, analyse and report on a piece of research in an approved applied field; and
  • to develop within students a deeper understanding of professional responsibilities, standards of performance and ethical issues.

The course meets the requirements of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) for a fourth year of study. In addition, it provides a basis for students wishing to apply to undertake higher degree studies in a more specialised field of applied psychology.

Professional recognition

This course is Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited.

Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

The course comprises six units, totalling 8 credit points. The Research Project runs over two trimesters (units HPY720 and HPY721) and is worth 4 credit points. There are four trimester-long units, each worth 1 credit point: HPS715, HPS742, HPS743 and HPS744.

Attendance and presentation at the annual School Honours Conference and attendance at the weekly School Research Colloquia are hurdle requirements.

Course structure

Trimester 1

HPS742Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS743Unit description is currently unavailable

HPY720Unit description is currently unavailable


Trimester 2

HPS715Unit description is currently unavailable

HPS744Unit description is currently unavailable

HPY721Unit description is currently unavailable


Part time students wising to deviate from the recommended structure should consult the course coordinator.