Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Education

Managing facultyEducation
Abbreviated titlePGDipPsych
CRICOS code043823E
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Tel: 1800 MONASH (1800 666 274) or

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  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course of study must be completed in a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 4 years, and enrolment must be continuous.


This course provides advanced study of the discipline of psychology, advanced research training and an introduction to psychological practice through studies in developmental psychology, counselling, psychological assessment and intervention, and ethical and professional issues in psychological practice. The content of the course is designed both for persons wishing to undertake supervised psychological practice upon completion of the course and for those wishing to pursue more advanced postgraduate training at master's or doctoral level.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • add to the understanding of psychology through scientific research that includes critically reviewing pertinent literature and identifying research problems, developing and carrying out research utilising methods of analysis commonly encountered in psychology, and communicating the findings in a manner consistent with discipline-specific requirements
  • understand, describe and discuss the purpose of legislation relating to research and practice of psychology and how to comply with such legislation and show an appreciation of the role of ethics in maintaining the integrity and cohesiveness of the profession
  • demonstrate an understanding of the scientist practitioner model across a range of areas of psychological practice
  • critically evaluate, appraise and discuss contemporary issues in psychology and understand the importance of maintaining competence in the field through ongoing professional development.

Credit for prior studies

Credit will be awarded for successful completion of units undertaken as part of a fourth year in psychology approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology provides an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited fourth year qualification in Psychology. Classified as the equivalent of an honours program by the University, the content is designed for those wishing to pursue advanced postgraduate training at master's or doctoral level, and for those wishing to undertake supervised psychological practice after completing the program. Graduates qualify for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (Assoc MAPS).


This course consists of three core units, an elective unit, a literature review and a research project. The sequence in which components are undertaken may be varied in consultation with the course adviser and within timetabling constraints, according to the experience, interests and career plans and enrolment status of individual students.

It is not advisable for a student to attempt the research project before undertaking the research and design component. Research supervision opportunities are provided by staff of the Faculty of Education.


All units are six points unless otherwise indicated.

Students must complete:

  • EDF4600 Contemporary issues in developmental psychology*
  • EDF4601 Ethics and professional issues
  • EDF4602 Psychological assessment
  • EDF4604 Research project** (24 points)

plus one elective unit from:

  • EDF4603 Behaviour change interventions for practitioners
  • EDF4605 Introduction to counselling psychology

* Other contemporary issue topics may be available. Consult the course adviser.

** Includes statistics and research design.

Refer to the course mapcourse map ( for the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology for course progression advice.


Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology