Graduate Diploma of Psychology

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    March, July, November

  • Awarded by:

    Swinburne Online

  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Drug and Alcohol Counsellor | Family and Marriage Counsellor | Rehabilitation Counsellor | Student Counsellor | Counsellor | View All

Course Rundown

Start a career in the rewarding field of psychology and contribute to society’s well-being with this online Graduate Diploma of Psychology course. 

Designed for people seeking careers in psychology with no previous psychology experience, this broad-focused course provides the fundamental knowledge and essential foundation skills required to work in this challenging, rewarding and sought-after field. 

In this course, you’ll study the fundamental principles and theories of psychology, the history of psychology, and key human behaviours and traits. You’ll have the opportunity to conduct research and analyse statistics, in order to build your practical sill-set. 

Further study is required in order to qualify to work as a practising psychologist. This course provides an invaluable introduction to anyone seeking a career change, either to psychology practice, or to working in a wide range of counselling, mental health, therapeutic and people-centred roles. 


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

  • Hold a recognised undergraduate qualification.

Applicants must also fulfil English language requirements.

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Psychology 100
  • Psychology 101
  • Social psychology
  • Cognition and human performance
  • Development of psychology
  • Psychology of personality
  • History and philosophy of psychology
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Research project
  • Foundations of statistics
  • Analysis of variance and regression

Why study with Swinburne Online?

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With strong links to industry and a focus on practical skills, Swinburne gives students an edge in the competitive job market. Placing in the prestigious QS Graduate Employability Rankings, Swinburne shapes graduates who are confident and competent in meeting the challenges of a fast-changing world. Over 100 years, Swinburne has educated more than 150,000 graduates in areas ranging from science, technology and engineering through health, education and business to media, design and innovation. Swinburne Online has drawn on more than 20 years’ experience in the online tertiary education space to help over 9,600 students graduate with an industry-recognised qualification.

Student Support

As a Swinburne Online student you’ll have access to a range of support options to help you get the most out of your learning. A dedicated team of Student Advisors are available seven days a week to answer your questions – academic, technical or administrative. You’ll also be assigned an eLearning advisor who will be your academic point of contact for the duration of your course.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Swinburne Online. 

This qualification enables you to seek employment in a range of counselling, support and people-focused roles. With this qualification you may choose to seek employment a mental health support worker, counsellor, or family therapists. 

This qualification is one step in the path to working as a professional psychologist. If you would like to work as a registered psychologist, you must complete further training in psychology as required by the Psychology Board of Australia.

This course has received condition accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.


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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through FEE-HELP.

Swinburne Online also offers a number of scholarships and grants as a means of promoting equality, recognising excellence, and alleviating financial hardship. Enquire now for more information.

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.