Who should study ECU’s Graduate Certificate of Psychology?

This degree is a great option for professionals who want to gain skills in psychology that can be applied to their current and future roles.

It can also be a pathway to further study for students who want to become a registered psychologist.

Why study a Graduate Certificate of Psychology with ECU Online?

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    Enhance your current skillset

    Apply psychology in professional contexts that benefit from an understanding of human behaviour. Take your career in education, human resources, marketing or another human-centred field to the next level.
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    Pathway towards a career as a Registered Psychologist

    The Graduate Certificate of Psychology can be your first step towards becoming a registered psychologist. Study an additional four units and gain your Graduate Diploma of Psychology, which can be a pathway to further study.
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    Entry without a bachelor degree

    Have the opportunity to study psychology and begin the pathway towards becoming a registered psychologist without a bachelor’s degree. If you have five years work experience in any field, you can gain entry to our Graduate Certificate of Psychology.
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    Flexible, accelerated and 100% online

    Our degrees allow you to tailor your study to your busy schedule and complete your degree sooner than traditional on-campus study. Experience our engaging online learning environment with support from academics, Student Success Advisors and fellow students.

Career outcomes

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Certificate of Psychology online, you will have skills and knowledge that can be applied to a number of human-centred professions including:

  • Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Human Services

You can also choose to continue your studies to gain your Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) and continue the pathway to becoming a registered psychologist.



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    2022 Good Universities Guide​
    ECU was rated 5 stars for overall educational experience and student support in the postgraduate Psychology discipline. ECU was also rated five stars for postgraduate overall experience.
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    2022 THE Young University Rankings
    ECU has again been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old.​
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    THE Impact Rankings 2021
    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 in the world for Quality Education, as well as the top 25 in the world for Health and Wellbeing and Gender Equality.

What you will study

The Graduate Certificate of Psychology online consists of any four of the following units.

Graduate Certificate of Psychology Units
  • Psychological Science of Wellbeing

    Apply psychological science to analysing and promoting psychological wellbeing within a biopsychosocial framework.

  • Psychological Development and Diversity in Childhood 

    Explore human development from infancy to adolescence.

  • Psychological Development and Diversity in Adulthood

    Analyse and apply psychological theories to human development across adulthood.

  • Psychological Science of Human Social Behaviour

    Apply theories of social psychology to a range of contemporary local and global issues and events.

  • Psychological Science of Human Information Processing

    Learn about core concepts, principles and theories of cognitive psychology and learning.

  • Neuroscience and Human Behaviour

    Learn about the biopsychological and physiological bases of human behaviours.

  • Correlational Research Design and Analysis

    Learn about core principles of correlational research designs and associated statistical techniques.

  • Experimental Research Design and Analysis

    Learn core principles of experimental and quasi-experimental research designs and associated parametric and non-parametric statistical analyses.

Entry criteria


Entry criteria

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What you will study

You will study four of the following units.

Course admission requirements

To gain entry to the Graduate Certificate of Psychology online, applicants must have:

  • An Australian Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or higher-level qualification in any discipline from a recognised tertiary institution OR

  • At least five years relevant professional experience.

What you will study

You will study four of the following units.

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Student support

Not only will you be supported by our academic staff with feedback and answers to your academic questions, but you will also receive dedicated one-on-one support for all non-academic queries from your Student Success Advisor. They are available via phone or email to provide motivation and guidance, supporting you while you achieve your study goals.


Assessments vary from unit to unit. Please check with your Course Coordinator or Student Success Advisor about each unit's assessment requirements. Assessments may include case studies, reviews, reports, portfolios, applied projects and presentations. We do not hold exams for 100% online programs.

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Fees and FEE-HELP

The cost of our Graduate Certificate of Psychology is $13,920* for all four units.

To assist with some or all of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their postgraduate tuition fees.

To find out if you are eligible for FEE-HELP, you can contact one of our Student Enrolment Advisors on 1300 707 760.

*2024 student fees are shown and are subject to change.