Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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  • Qualification:
    Postgraduate, Graduate Diploma
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1.7 years part-time
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  • Awarded by:
    University of Adelaide
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  • Career Outcomes:
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Course Rundown

No matter what industry you’re in, understanding the complexities of human behaviour and thought can help you succeed. So whether you’re taking the first step towards becoming a professional psychologist, or wanting to improve your work in another industry such as HR, community services or marketing, the Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Adelaide is an ideal program for you.

Throughout this part-time online program, you’ll dive deep into psychological theory and contemporary knowledge. From developmental and social psychology to research methods to learning, behaviour and cognition, you’ll discover key psychological concepts and explore their application in a variety of contexts.

Upon graduation, you’ll be confident in applying psychological principles in your industry – whether to resolve workplace issues, help enhance people’s performance, or break down barriers. 


To be eligible to study this program, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold an undergraduate Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.

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

  • Foundations of psychology
  • Research methods, design and analysis
  • Developmental psychology
  • Psychological health and well-being
  • Applying research methods in psychology
  • Culture and context
  • Social psychology
  • Perception and cognition
  • Individual difference and assessment
  • Learning and behaviour


As South Australia’s leading university, part of the top 1% of universities worldwide, and one of Australia’s elite Group of Eight Universities, you can trust that when you study with the University of Adelaide, you’ll be one step ahead of the pack.

Study a postgraduate course online and enjoy a flexible learning experience that allows you to study while you work and at a pace that’s convenient for you. Go on, take the next step in your career and excel with a highly regarded course from the University of Adelaide.

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone! When you log on and learn with the University of Adelaide, you’ll be supported every step of the way.

The University of Adelaide has developed Student Life Counselling Support and a University Crisis Line, especially for online students. They are confidential and a free service available to all enrolled students to help overcome issues impacting their life and study.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this program, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Adelaide.

Graduates may go on to complete apply their knowledge to higher roles in a variety of other industries such as human resources, teaching, counselling, marketing and managerial roles.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

The full fee for this program is $34,000. Enquire now to find out more about payment options available to you. 

FEE-HELPYou 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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