Graduate Diploma of Psychology

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Career Outcomes:

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Course Rundown

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Charles Sturt University is accredited by the Australian Psychology Society and is designed for graduates from other fields wishing to transition into a career in psychology.

By completing this online course, students will not only study the fundamentals of psychology and grasp the theoretical dimensions of the field, but will also gain a comprehensive overview of research methods and statistics related to the practice of psychology.

The course also includes a compulsory residential school component in which students are required to travel to the Bathurst or Wagga Wagga campus to attend. Residential schools are held in the same week so students are encouraged to arrange their program to take advantage of this. 


To be eligible to enter this program, applicants must:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australia tertiary institution; AND
  • Have completed subjects PSY101 (Foundations of Psychology 1) and PSY102 (Foundations of psychology 2) or their equivalents

Residential School Requirements
This courses may include a residential school component where you will attend a Charles Sturt University campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

What You’ll Learn

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

Why study with Charles Sturt University?

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.

Charles Sturt has 6 campuses in NSW, Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include; Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.

Student Support

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.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Charles Sturt University.

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.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

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.

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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.