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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipPsych
Total credit points required60
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years PT
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Telephone: 1300 655 671; email:

Course coordinator

Dr Matthew Mundy


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course is not available to holders of an Australian international student visa.
  • Part-time study only. This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.


This course offers graduates a major in psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), permitting them to undertake the further training needed to obtain professional qualifications.


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:

  • summarise and differentiate between core psychology topic areas in terms of their theoretical background, conceptualisation, and prediction of patterns in behaviour, psychological functioning and mental health. (Core topic areas include: sensation and perception; learning and memory; personality and intelligence; abnormal psychology; social psychology; developmental psychology; biological psychology; history and philosophy of psychology)
  • outline and critique the theoretical background to, construction of, administration of, and interpretation of psychological tests and assessment procedures
  • undertake scientific research, that includes critical analysis of current literature, along with evaluation and synthesis of complex research problems to advance our understanding of psychology
  • take an independent role in the development and execution of rigorous new research utilising advanced statistical skills and methodology, providing solutions to complex problems
  • demonstrate clear communication and IT skills in the articulation of knowledge and research outcomes
  • disseminate new knowledge in a professional manner, to a variety of audiences
  • critically apply legislation relating to research, and professional responsibilities in the practice of psychology and explain the role of ethics in maintaining the integrity, accountability and cohesiveness of the profession
  • evaluate and synthesise psychological principles in their application to personal, social, organisational, technological and global issues
  • critically reflect upon the practise of psychology and identify ongoing professional development needs especially in relation to new research.

Credit for prior studies

Credit will be granted towards the following units upon completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited first year psychology sequence:

Maximum credit allowed

12 points

Course progression requirements

Students are expected to pass the introductory units 'Psychology 1A' and 'Psychology 1B' before proceeding onto other units. Certain intermediate, advanced, and elective units have additional prerequisite units. Students will normally complete one unit in each teaching period. The minimum time for completion in this manner is 20 months.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Upon successful completion of this course, graduates can undertake the further training needed to obtain professional qualifications.


This course consists of nine core units and one elective unit.

The academic calendar for this course consists of six seven-week teaching periods per year. The expected workload for this course is 15-20 hours per week per unit.

Areas of study


Core units

Introductory units

Intermediate units

  • PSY4131 Developmental and biological psychology
  • PSY4151 Personality and social psychology
  • PSY4051 Research design and analysis

Advanced units

  • PSY4032 Abnormal psychology
  • PSY4041 Psychological testing, theories of ability and ethics
  • PSY4081 Perception and cognition
  • PSY4062 Research methods and theory

Elective units

At least one elective unit from the following:

  • PSY4150 Contemporary social psychology
  • PSY4140 Introduction to counselling
  • PSY4160 Health psychology
  • PSY4170 Neuroscience of cognition behaviour
  • PSY4180 Human neuropsychology: Developmental and neurodegenerative disorders
  • PSY4190 Addiction studies
  • PSY4340 Psychological foundations of the law
  • PSY4350 Psychology of music
  • PSY4360 Positive psychology
  • PSY4370 Advances in psychology, mental health and neuroscience
  • PSY4390 The neuronal basis of consciousness

Note that not all elective units will be offered each year.


Graduate Diploma in Psychology