Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

This program is for students who have previously completed an accredited three-year sequence in psychology. It offers advanced level study in a selection of specialised areas in psychology. The program provides graduates with an approved Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) fourth year of training in psychology. In addition to covering professional issues and ethics, assessment and intervention, and research projects into human behaviour, this program also offers electives in advanced topics in: Applied Psychology; Cognition; Developmental Psychology; Social Psychology.


80 Credit Points.


  • Psychology

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants must have completed, within the last five years, a Bachelor degree including: an accredited three year sequence in psychology
  • With a GPA of at least 5.0 on the ACU seven point scale
  • And credit level or above in a total of four second or third year Psychology units.


This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a suitable program of study for the purpose of registration as a psychologist. Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Study pathways

Students who complete a Graduate Diploma in Psychology are eligible to apply for entry to postgraduate courses in psychology, such as the Master of Professional Psychology and Master of Psychology.

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Melbourne (St Patrick's) International: $23,400 No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Further information

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is recognised by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as an accredited fourth-year program in Psychology. Students who complete the program will be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist and associate membership with the Australian Psychological Society.

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