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 accreditation in Psychology 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 you’re 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 Recogntion

This is an APAC*-accredited 3-year bridging sequence in Psychology. This program is the first step on the pathway to becoming a registered professional psychologist.

  • 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 and Faculties 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.

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