In Australia, psychology is one profession that’s rapidly increasing in prominence and demand. The Australian Psychological Society expects an 18.9 per cent increase in the
Who Should Study ECU’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)?
This degree is for postgraduate students who want to leverage their previous study and continue along the pathway towards becoming a registered psychologist.
Upon successful completion, you will fulfil the education requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Why Study a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) with ECU Online?
Developed by Industry Experts
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is designed and delivered by experienced psychology researchers and practitioners. Benefit from close support from engaged academics and build your professional network as you continue your journey to becoming a registered psychologist.
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.
Support While You Study
At ECU, you will receive the support you need to succeed when fitting study into your already busy life. Not only are our teaching staff supportive and attentive - you will also have a dedicated Student Success Advisor to support you every step of the way at ECU.
Our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
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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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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.
Apply theory to practice
Understand and apply the principles and underlying theories of contemporary psychological interventions.
Design your own research and analyse data
Gain advanced skills as you design, analyse, conduct and critique research in psychology.
Prepare for the profession
Learn core communication and interviewing skills for use in a range of professional contexts. Be empowered to apply these skills when working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Upon successfully completing the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) online, you will be able to fulfil the education requirements you need to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. You will also be eligible to continue your postgraduate studies to become a registered psychologist.
Alternatively, you can apply the skills you gained in your Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) to a variety of roles in human-centred fields including:
- Human Resource Management
- Human Services
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) will expand your understanding of psychological science and develop your pre-professional skills. It will prepare you to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist.
After successfully completing your Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced), you will fulfil the education requirements you need to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia. You will then be able to follow the 5+1 pathway to gain general registration as a psychologist. You can find more information on the APAC website.
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 our 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.
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. Upon successfully completing your graduate diploma, you can apply for the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced).
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 completed 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.
Yes, ECU's Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is APAC accredited.