Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

Postgraduate coursework

Learn the fundamentals of psychology and human behaviour. Fast track your journey to become a registered psychologist or apply for further study.

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International student information

Key facts


1.25 years full-time

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (H603) offers students who have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any other discipline from a recognised university 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 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.

All 10 units are compulsory and 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 enter a variety of professional areas that are demanding the skills of an undergraduate course in psychology.

All ten units of the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science are compulsory units. International students are required to complete all ten units over three consecutive trimesters in a 12 month period, therefore Trimester 3 is a compulsory trimester.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

2024 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
099423C Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

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

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 DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit-point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

Trimester 1 Start

Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Introduction to Psychology: Human Behaviour
  • Introduction to Psychology: Individual and Social Development
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology

  • Trimester 2

  • Psychology Research Methods (Introductory)
  • Developmental Psychology (Child and Adolescent)
  • Psychopathology
  • Personality Psychology
  • Trimester 3

  • Biological Psychology (Brain and Behaviour)
  • Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate)
  • * Note for International Students, Trimester 3 is a compulsory trimester.

    Trimester 2 Start

    Trimester 2

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Personality Psychology
  • Psychology Research Methods (Introductory)
  • Introduction to Psychology: Individual and Social Development
  • Introduction to Psychology: Human Behaviour
  • Trimester 3

  • Biological Psychology (Brain and Behaviour)
  • Psychopathology
  • Developmental Psychology (Child and Adolescent)
  • Trimester 1

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate)
  • * Note for International Students, Trimester 3 is a compulsory trimester.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    International applicants who do not require a visa can apply to do this course in the fully online offering for Trimester 1.

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    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

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline other than Psychology

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    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

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course in the same year they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning.  One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

    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 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Please note: Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science course is accredited without conditions by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC).

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

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

    Entry pathways

    This course can be a pathway to an APAC accredited fourth year Honours or Graduate Diploma of Psychology course and other postgraduate coursework programs.


    Career outcomes

    As it is the equivalent of a three-year accredited psychology undergraduate degree, this course a pathway to a fourth-year of study (e.g. Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)), which can then lead to an APAC-accredited master or doctoral-level course that enables general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

    Areas of practice endorsement in psychology include:

    • clinical psychology (available at Deakin)
    • clinical neuropsychology
    • organisational psychology (available at Deakin)
    • sport and exercise psychology
    • forensic psychology
    • counselling psychology
    • community psychology

    Working as a generalist psychologist might involve:

    • family therapy
    • rehabilitation counselling
    • psychological assessment

    Not looking to become a registered psychologist? You will still have a broad and exciting range of career opportunities to explore when you graduate from this course. Your deep understanding of psychological assessment methods combined with your client-centred approach to practice will equip you for roles in:

    • community welfare and case management
    • disability services
    • human resources
    • mental health rehabilitation
    • public health
    • youth support

    Professional recognition

    The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This means that by completing this course you can:

    • apply for a fourth-year of study (e.g. honours equivalent) which will then enable you to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for provisional registration as a psychologist once you meet their requirements
    • after completing your fourth-year of study, you can then apply for further study in an APAC-accredited master or doctoral level course that leads to general 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.