Graduate Diploma of Psychology

In the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, students complete a number of core coursework units including training in counselling. You will also undertake a research project which develops your ability to critically evaluate theory and empirical studies, develop your skills in research design, implementation, analysis and reporting, as well as your understanding of professional responsibilities, standards of performance and ethical issues.

Why choose the Graduate Diploma of Psychology?

Stand out from the crowd

A "fourth year" qualification such as the Graduate Diploma of Psychology can complement your earlier studies and expand your knowledge base, giving you the edge in the employment market. A fourth year in psychology will also empower you to pursue new opportunities that were previously out of reach.

Industry Accreditation

Our fourth year courses are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist and for entry to APAC accredited Master or Doctoral level training programs that lead to registration as a psychologist.

Career Outcomes

At the end of your 'fourth year' of study in psychology you will have an in-depth understanding of a number of fields in which psychology is applied, so you will be better placed to make decisions about your professional future.


Detailed Course information

Course code: H650

Course length: 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses offered: Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)

Indicative annual fee 2015: $22,830 - Full-fee paying place

Full course details

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Related Courses

The honours and graduate diploma courses both offer students a combination of coursework and research units. In the honours program, the research component is normally completed as part of an individual research project; whereas in the graduate diploma, research normally takes the form of a group project, where each group member submits a different report. 


Frequently asked questions

Is the Graduate Diploma of Psychology HELP-based or full-fee paying?

The Graduate Diploma is a full-fee paying course. Visit the Fees website for further information about fees and FEE-HELP.

What are the entry requirements and how do I apply?

Any student with an accredited 10-credit major in psychology (or its equivalent) can apply for the Graduate Diploma of Psychology. That is, you need at least 10 HPS-coded units: two level-1 units (Psych A and B), five level-2 units (Understanding the Mind, Social Psych, Behavioural Neuro, Child and Adolescent Psych, and Research Methods A), and three level-3 units (Personality, Psychopathology, and Research Methods B).


At least 10 HPS-coded units: two level-1 units (Psych A and B), four level-2 units (Understanding the Mind, Social Psych, Child and Adolescent Psych, and Research Methods A), and four level-3 units (Personality, Psychopathology, Research Methods B and Behavioural Neuro).

What marks are needed to get into the program?

Applicants must have a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B or equivalent unit, and will be ranked for selection on the basis of their level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units (including Research Methods B). It comes down to supply and demand so it's impossible to predict the cut-offs each year.

How many places are offered?

Approximately 100 each year.

On which campus/es is the course offered?

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is offered in on both the Geelong Waterfront Campus and the Melbourne Burwood Campus and in the CLOUD online mode from Trimester 1, 2016 onwards. Students who have completed their undergraduate degree at the Warrnambool campus would need to complete their Honours year at either the Geelong Waterfront Campus, Melbourne Burwood Campus or online via CloudDeakin.

When will I hear about my application into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology?

Early in December through to late January. It's an iterative process – whenever a successful applicant changes their mind and rejects their offer another offer is made (to the next ranked applicant).

Can the course be studied part-time?

Yes, it can be completed on both a part-time and full-time basis. International students are not permitted to enrol on a part time basis.

Are the classes at night?

No, all classes are offered during business working hours (although some may extend into the early evening).

How is the Graduate Diploma different from Honours?

They are identical courses with identical assessments, shared classrooms, project types, etc. However, Honours places are partly government funded (i.e., CSP) while the Graduate Diploma is full-fee paying. Because of this, it is usually harder to gain entry into the honours course (a higher cut-off applies). Honours places are also reserved for Deakin graduates whereas that the Graduate Diploma is open to all (although we preference Deakin graduates for the Graduate Diploma as well).

Do you need to have previous work experience?

No, but you can to submit a personal statement in your application in which you may outline your interest in the course, and any other relevant information such as work experience or voluntary work. This may be considered in the selection process.

Is the course recognised by the Australian Psychological Society and the Psychology Board of Australia?

Yes, both bodies recognise the Graduate Diploma. At present, upon completion of the course, students may apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Registration Board. After the completion of two years of approved supervised practice or postgraduate studies, the provisional registration may be changed to full registration. Information about any updates to these requirements is available on the Psychology Board of Australia website.

Can I go on to further studies in psychology?

The Graduate Diploma is acceptable as a fourth year for the purposes of applying for the professional programs offered by Deakin (Master of Psychology [Organisational], Master of Psychology [Clinical], Doctorate of Clinical Psychology). We understand that it is also acceptable for the purposes of applying for similar programs at other universities, but prospective students should confirm this with each university to which they are likely to apply after completing the Graduate Diploma. A student completing the Graduate Diploma in Psychology with at least Distinctions in Research Methods and their thesis, could also apply for entry into a Higher Degree by Research. However, a more usual route to these programs is via Honours.



Staff in the School of Psychology are involved in a range of research activities which both reflect and inform the teaching program and their involvement with community organisations. Fields of research range from autism, child development, body image and obesity, addiction, cognitive neuroscience and relationship studies. In the psychology 4th year, students work on a year-long project with a research supervisor. 

Learn more about Deakin Psychology research

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