Graduate Diploma of Psychology

  • Qualification:

    Postgraduate, Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now, for start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Deakin University

  • Location


  • Career Outcomes:

    Provisional Psychologist |

Course Rundown

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology, offered by Deakin University, is an essential step for psychology graduates wishing to be registered as a provisional psychologist.

Once you’ve graduated from a Bachelor of Psychology or a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies, this one-year course is your next step towards your career in professional psychology. Throughout the course, you’ll learn advanced skills in research design, implementation, analysis and reporting, as well as heightening your understanding of professional responsibilities, standards of performance and ethical issues.

The course consists of six units, encompassing four units of coursework and two research project units. Study online or on-campus at Deakin’s Melbourne or Geelong campuses.


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

  • Hold a degree with an approved three-year sequence in psychology or Deakin University’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science or equivalent; AND

  • Have a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B or equivalent unit, and will be ranked for selection on the basis of their level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units (including Research Methods B).

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Research Methods in Psychology C
  • Research Project A
  • Case Management and Professional Issues
  • Research Methods in Psychology D
  • Research Project B

Why study with Deakin University?

Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Student Support

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Deakin University.

Graduates can choose to complete either two years of supervised practice as a provisional psychologist, or two years of further study, in order to gain full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Deakin University offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront.