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Graduate Diploma in Psychology

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology course at Murdoch University allows you to register to practise psychology after completing an additional year's study. This is the quickest route to meeting the academic requirements to become a registered psychologist.

The course covers advanced psychological assessment and practical skills in psychology, as well as the principles and processes of psychological intervention.

Set yourself up for a rewarding career in just 12 months - this graduate diploma is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, and it also makes you eligible to apply for the Master of Applied Psychology courses in Organisational Psychology and Clinical Psychology, which provide further specialisation in psychology practices.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed a three-year bachelor's degree (completed within the last 10 years) in psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council; OR
  • Hold an Australian Psychological Society-approved alternative (completed within the last 10 years)

All students must also satisfy Murdoch University's minimum English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English language.

Areas of study

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

Core units

  • Psychology project
  • Graduate seminar in psychology
  • Advanced psychological assessment
  • Psychology: principles and processes of psychological intervention
  • Psychology: practical skills

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Murdoch University.

As a graduate of this course you'll be equipped to find work in a diverse range of workplaces, including private practice, health services, government and research.

You may also choose to advance your knowledge by undertaking further study with the Master of Applied Psychology courses in Organisational Psychology and Clinical Psychology.

The graduate diploma is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Curious about where a career in psychology could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Counsellor
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Welfare Worker
  • Market Researcher
  • Life Coach
  • Social Policy Researcher

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

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).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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