Psychology is a discipline of both scientific research and applied practice. As a science, psychology is concerned with the study of behaviour and its underlying mental and neural processes.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides students who have already been awarded a bachelor degree with the opportunity to gain an accredited Psychology sequence (the equivalent of an UG Psychology degree for accreditation purposes) in under two years part-time.

This program is delivered online.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology will provide you with a solid foundation in the principles of psychology, covering theoretical and contemporary issues with a focus on current empirical research. You will develop critical thinking and skills in analysis and research methods and gain an integrated and comprehensive education in the main discipline areas, including developmental, social, cognitive, biological, physiological, abnormal psychology and research methods.

Please visit the program website for more information including program entry dates.

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Why choose this degree?

You will choose this program if youre interested in developing your knowledge in psychology as well as skills in psychological research that can be carried over to further study and professional work. Completion of the Graduate Diploma will allow you to apply for honours studies that can lead to postgraduate masters programs.

Who should choose this degree?

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides students that have been awarded a Bachelor degree in another discipline with the opportunity to gain an accredited undergraduate degree in Psychology.


The skills acquired during training in Psychology are extremely valuable to a wide variety of careers within both the public and private sector. These include clinical and health settings such as clinics and hospitals, counselling, developmental care, public, community and occupational health, as well as community development and relations, copyrighting, management consultancy, human resources, recruitment, training and development, industrial relations, banking, journalism, marketing, business and retail management, statistical and data analysis, and many other areas.

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Accreditation / Professional Recognition

This is an APAC-accredited 1.7-year (Full-time) bridging sequence in Psychology. This program is the first step on the pathway to becoming a registered professional psychologist with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Entry requirements

Students must hold an undergraduate bachelors degree in any discipline or a higher university qualification. Minimum entrance requirements for admission to UNSW Sydney also apply.

Students may apply for the recognition of prior knowledge for completion of the equivalent of PSYC5001 and PSYC5002. If students have completed these introductory courses as a part of their prior degree, they may apply to have this counted as prior knowledge and will not be required to complete these units.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.We encourage you to visit the program website for further information about the program before submitting your application.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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