Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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Learn what makes success tick

Understanding human behaviour provides an incredible career advantage. It can enable you to prevent or resolve workplace issues, lift people’s performance and help you break down barriers to inclusion and strengthen personal bonds.

In short, it increases your value to employers in any sector, in any part of the world. And our Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Online) is the ideal first step in professional training to be a Psychologist.


What will you do?

Conducted part-time over 1.7 years, this highly flexible online program will equip you to apply psychological principles effectively and confidently in your chosen professional field. You will:

  • gain deep understanding of psychological theory and contemporary knowledge
  • learn how to apply psychological concepts to complex personal, social and societal issues
  • build broad skills in qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methodology psychological data analysis
  • develop high-level psychological research capabilities
  • expand your awareness of cross-cultural perspectives on mental health and behaviour.

You’ll also reflect on ethical and legal issues underpinning psychological research and practice; and develop the highly effective interpersonal skills needed to communicate your psychological observations and strategies with a range of audiences.


Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate well-prepared to apply psychological skills in your chosen industry. You could help your team raise productivity through more effective collaboration. You might reframe an organisation’s ongoing dialogue with customers to ensure they feel genuinely valued and respected. Perhaps you’ll find innovative ways to remove societal barriers to gender equality.

You may even choose to pursue further study to become a Psychologist.

Entry Requirements

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Fees and Scholarships

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Career Readiness

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides you with a solid foundation in the science and application of contemporary psychology. The program is appropriate for people who want to develop knowledge and skills for enhancing their chosen career, or who are preparing for further advanced studies to become a Psychologist.

Career readiness is enhanced by the skills and capabilities developed throughout the degree including digital literacy, research and data analysis skills, critical evaluation, problem solving and reflexivity, oral and written communication for a variety of audiences; along with a nuanced understanding of ethical issues, and interpersonal and team work skills.

Psychology prepares graduates for a range of exciting careers that require superior problem-solving, critical thinking and understanding of human behaviour, such as:

  • human resource management
  • advertising and marketing
  • evaluation and applied research
  • mental health services
  • youth work
  • family and social services
  • public and private sector management
  • juvenile justice and corrective services
  • relationship counselling
  • residential care worker
  • private sector administration and management
  • correctional services
Graduates from the Graduate Diploma in Psychology work across a range of jobs and sectors, in addition to the option of engaging in further study to hold a career as a psychologist. Graduates from this degree can look in areas such as research assistants, recruitment agencies, government agencies such as Centrelink, rehabilitation agencies, marketing companies, human resources or any type of area that can utilise skills in data analysis, critical thinking, report writing, time management, communication and presentation.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Professional Accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology has been accredited by The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Advertising Strategist;  Market Research Analyst;  Marketer / Marketing Manager;  Medical Device Developer;  Business Management;  Community Outreach Worker;  Counsellor;  Research and Education;  Social Worker;  Human Resource Manager ...

Degree Structure

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The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a fully online degree for those who have already completed a three-year undergraduate degree at AQF Level 7 that may or may not have included psychology.

Courses focus on contemporary research, theories and applications to develop critical and analytic thinking and research skills, providing broad foundational and advanced knowledge in the scientific discipline of psychology.

This degree is the first step in developing a deeper understanding of human behaviour suitable to any profession, or those who want to pursue a career as a psychologist.

The University of Adelaide has partnered with Pearson, the world’s leading global learning company, to deliver this degree 100% online. The Partnership has been established to deliver the very best experience and learning outcomes to all our students. Students will be awarded a University of Adelaide qualification and this degree meets the University's highest quality standards.


The Graduate Diploma in Psychology uses a variety of assessment approaches including group work, poster and oral presentations, written assignments, critical evaluations, case studies, problem sets and quizzes which focus on developing and demonstrating core knowledge, advanced skill sets and applications of learning.



The degree offers a range of placements, so you can explore a number of areas - including ones that you may not have realised you have an interest in previously.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023