Becoming a psychologist in Australia is a sure-fire way to make a positive difference in the lives of others. It’s also a job that’s almost guaranteed to be in demand
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).
^ECU is currently seeking APAC accreditation
Why Study a Graduate Diploma of Psychology with ECU Online?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
QILT Survey 2020
ECU ranked in the top 25% in every single QILT category.
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.
Cultivate a scientific approach to understanding human behaviour and learn to apply psychological theory to real-world contexts.
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.
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:
- Human Resource Management
- Human Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ECU is currently seeking APAC accreditation. We expect to get the notification from APAC in July 2022.