Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Qualification: Graduate Diploma
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 2 years
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Awarded by: Charles Sturt University

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About this course

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology course offered by Charles Sturt University is a postgraduate qualification that allows those who have studied other disciplines to transition into a career in psychology.

Through this online course, you will not only study the fundamentals of psychology but also study research methods and statistics related to the practice of psychology and associated fields.


Applicants must meet the criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution


  • Have completed subjects PSY101 (Foundations of Psychology 1) and PSY102 (Foundations of Psychology 2) or their equivalents

Applications for distance education and postgraduate courses are accepted all year ’round. Provided you are eligible for admission, your application will be held for consideration in the next available intake.

Residential school component

Students studying by distance may be required to attend a residential school component for some subjects.

Areas of study

In this psychology course, the subjects you will study include:

  • Research methods and statistics in psychology
  • Psychological testing
  • Developmental psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Advanced research methods and statistics in psychology
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychology of personality
  • Cognition
  • Psychology of learning

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CSU believe that learning is about more than just a degree.

How will this course advance my career?

Completion of this online Graduate Diploma of Psychology will provide you with a solid understanding of the key areas in the field of psychology. You will also gain the necessary psychology major to be able to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, which allows for training as a school counsellor.

How else will I benefit from this graduate diploma?

  • Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Charles Sturt University.
  • Studying online/by correspondence means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and a qualification that’s highly valued.
  • CSU ranks highly for graduate employment. A recent survey showed that 87% of all CSU graduates find employment within four months of completing their degree.
  • CSU courses are developed with the utmost flexibility so students can complete their course around other commitments. You can choose to study just one subject per session or, with approval, fast-track the completion of your degree.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may be available for previous work experience, formal training or qualifications in this field.
  • This course is accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

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Financial assistance

Courses that are not Commonwealth support places require students to contribute the full cost of their course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program. CSU provides access to a range of scholarships and loans to help its students with the costs associated with university study.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

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