Graduate Diploma of Psychology

This APAC accredited Fourth Year Psychology program achieves a balance between general professional, specific practitioner, and research related skills.
1 year
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements
Entry requirements apply to this course.  Applications close 16 November, 2020

This program achieves a balance between general professional, specific practitioner, and research related skills. This program comprises of extensive, specialist study in both professional psychology and psychological research. In line with professional opinion that the first four years of psychological training should be general (rather than specialised), the Graduate Diploma focuses on generalist professional psychology skills. You will plan, implement and report on a Research Project under supervision, in addition to undertaking a number of core courses (Psychological practice, Psychological research, Psychological Research in Practice, Psychological Assessment).


  • Counsellor
  • Mental health case manager
  • Mental health clinician
  • Research assistant
  • Psychologist

The above are a few examples of the career opportunities that this program can contribute to.

On completion of this program you will be eligible to apply for positions that facilitate the supervision pathway to registration as a psychologist in Australia or for further postgraduate study in psychology, such as a Masters program, that can lead to registration as a psychologist. 

The program aims to maintain a balance between general and specialist fields, as well as between professional practice and research. Thus, it offers the opportunity for further specialist training, as well as developing skills for those who wish to assume various research, welfare or counselling positions.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

PSYCP6011, 15 credit points
PSYCP6014, 15 credit points
PSYCP6101, 30 credit points

Semester 2

PSYCP6013, 15 credit points
PSYCP6102, 30 credit points
PSYCP6112, 15 credit points
Approximately 9 hours on campus per week (minimum).

Entry requirements (year 12)


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Completion within the last 10 years of an APAC-accredited three year sequence in psychology and qualified for an APAC-accredited undergraduate degree. A minimum grade point average of 5.0 (Credit) is required. GPA is calculated using ALL attempts (successful and unsuccessful) at second and third year psychology courses only. For FedUni students, all PSYCB2000 and PSYCB3000 courses will be included in the GPA calculation. 

Please note: Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee entry as each year the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of places

Extra Requirements

To facilitate the calculation of a GPA, submit an official academic transcript and evidence that the degree has been completed.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: YD4

CRICOS code: 079152J

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$14,630 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2022

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

This program is an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited fourth-year program. Successful completion will allow you to apply for Associate Membership of the APS, as well as the opportunity to undergo supervised practice as a provisional psychologist with a view to registering as a psychologist in Australia.

Applications for Semester 1 close 16 November, 2020.


Deferment of Admission

Applicants are not permitted to defer admission into the program.

Are there upfront fees associated with this program?
Yes, this program is full-fee paying. You may be eligible for Fee-HELP however. Please visit for more information.

Psychology Frequently Asked Questions

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

School of Science, Psychology and Sport

Course coordinator

George Van Doorn