Who Should Study ECU’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology?

This is a degree for students who have not studied psychology before.

For students who want to start the pathway to becoming a registered psychologist, it is the equivalent to a bachelor degree with a major in psychology.

Alternatively, this degree is also a great option for students who are interested in learning about psychology and gaining skills that can be applied to their current field.

Students who have studied Psychology at a Bachelor level before should consider the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced).

Why Study a Graduate Diploma of Psychology with ECU Online?

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    Pathway Towards a Career as a Registered Psychologist
    The Graduate Diploma of Psychology can be your first step towards becoming a registered psychologist. Fast-track your studies by completing your graduate diploma in only eight units compared to typical 10 or 12 unit graduate programs.
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    Entry Without a Bachelor Degree
    Have the opportunity to 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, before progressing to our Graduate Diploma 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.

  • APAC Accredited
    Our Graduate Diploma of Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Awards

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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.​
  • THE Impact Rankings logo
    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.

Learning Outcomes

Foundational understanding and psychological literacy

Build your foundational knowledge in psychological science and develop a deep understanding of human development, behaviours and common psychological disorders across the lifespan.

Scientific approach

Cultivate a scientific approach to understanding human behaviour and learn to apply psychological theory to real-world contexts.

Cultural perspectives

Enhance your understanding of cultural differences in psychological health and wellbeing, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Apply theories of social psychology to local and global issues and events. Practice self-reflection to enhance your professional development.

 

 

Career Outcomes

Upon successfully completing the Graduate Diploma of Psychology online, you will be able to continue your studies on the pathway to becoming a registered psychologist.

You can take the next step and study a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) before applying for provisional registration.

Alternatively, you can apply the skills you gained in your Graduate Diploma of Psychology to a variety of roles in human-centred fields including:

  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Services
  • Healthcare

 

What you will study

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology online consists of eight units.

Graduate Diploma 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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Course admission requirements

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

  • An Australian Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, or higher-level qualification in any discipline (besides Psychology major) from a recognised tertiary institution; or

  • A Graduate Certificate of Psychology.

What you will study

You will study four of the following units.

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.

Assessment

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 Diploma of Psychology is $25,760* for all eight 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.

*2023 student fees are shown and are subject to change.

Frequently asked questions
Can I study Psychology online?

Yes, ECU offers three postgraduate psychology programs which can be completed 100% online. These are the Graduate Certificate of Psychology, Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) and Graduate Diploma of Psychology.

What is a Graduate Diploma of Psychology?

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology will build your foundational knowledge of psychology, human development and behaviour. It is equivalent to an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology. This degree can be the first step in becoming a registered psychologist. Alternatively, you can use the skills you gain in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology in human-centred fields like education, marketing and human resource management.

What can you do with a Graduate Diploma of Psychology?

After successfully completing your Graduate Diploma of Psychology, you can continue your studies towards becoming a registered psychologist by studying a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced). Alternatively, you can apply the skills you gain in this degree in human-centred fields like education, marketing and human resource management.

How long does it take to become a registered psychologist?

Training to become a registered psychologist requires (the equivalent of) 6 years of full time study and supervised practice. The first step in the pathway is an APAC-accredited three-year undergraduate sequence, or a postgraduate bridging program like ECU Online’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology. Upon completion, you can complete a fourth year program like the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) which will prepare you for provisional registration. As a provisionally registered psychologist, you need to complete either a one year or two year Masters program, followed by supervised practice in the workplace. For example, the 5+1 pathway involves a one year full time Masters program, followed by a one year workplace internship. You can find more information on the APAC website.

Can I study the Graduate Diploma of Psychology without a bachelor's degree?

If you do not have an undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for the Graduate Certificate of Psychology if you have at least five years of relevant work experience. Upon successfully completing your graduate certificate, you can use that as a pathway into the Graduate Diploma of Psychology.

What is the difference between Psychology and Counselling?

Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and relates to understanding the behaviour of individuals and groups in societies. It can be applied in many different areas, not just mental health. Psychologists are trained in diagnosis and assessment of mental health issues. To become a registered psychologist, you will require at least six years of study and will need to fulfil APAC’s professional and education requirements.

Counselling takes a more person-centred approach. Counsellors help people identify and effectively respond to emotional challenges. Counsellors do not need specific qualifications, however to gain accreditation with the Australian Counselling Association, you are required to have a relevant qualification.

What is the difference between the Graduate Diploma of Psychology and the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)?

Our Graduate Diploma of Psychology is a bridging qualification that is the first step towards becoming a registered psychologist. It is designed for students who have not studied psychology before and is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology. It will build your foundational understanding of psychological science.

Our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is the next step towards becoming a registered psychologist. It is designed for students who have already achieved either a bachelor’s degree with a major in psychology or a postgraduate bridging program. It will expand your understanding of psychological science and build your pre-professional skills.

Is the Graduate Diploma of Psychology accredited?

Yes, ECU's Graduate Diploma of Psychology is APAC accredited.