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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 that have already been awarded a Bachelor degree with the opportunity to gain an accredited degree in Psychology in 1.7 years part time. This program is delivered 100% online allowing for flexible learning.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology will provide students with a solid foundation in the principles of Psychology. The program will cover the theoretical and contemporary issues in psychology, with a focus on current empirical research. Students will develop critical thinking and skills in analysis and research methods. Students will gain an integrated and comprehensive education in the main discipline areas, including developmental, social, cognitive, biological, physiological, abnormal psychology and research methods. The program will further prepare students with the research skills and methods required for your future career in Psychology. Completion of the Graduate Diploma will allow entry to honours and postgraduate masters programs.



Study Level


Typical duration

1.7 Years

Delivery Mode

Fully online

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Graduate Diploma


Graduate Diploma in Psychology - GD Psych

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Program Structure

Students must complete 60 UOC as a standalone program.

This program consists of 10 core courses (60 units of credit), each course is worth 6 units of credit. Students must complete all 10 courses to be awarded the Graduate Diploma degree. Each course will be delivered 100% online and will run for 7 weeks. The content will be delivered in Weeks 1-6 with a final exam held in Week 7. There are 6 intake periods per year, allowing for personalised and flexible program structure.

You must complete the introductory courses (PSYC5001, PSYC5002 and PSYC5003), before proceeding to the advanced units. For more information on each of the courses see the Program Structure section. You may complete the advanced courses in any order that suits your individual pattern of study. For information on the program delivery mode see the Program Delivery section.

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Additional Information

Program Delivery

There are 6 points of enrolment throughout the year. Students may enrol in a maximum of one course per enrolment period. Students may enrol at any point provided they have completed the introductory courses, PSYC5001, PSYC 5002 (or have recognition of prior knowledge) and PSYC 5003. There are no constraints on the order of completion for the advanced courses.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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