Why study the Graduate Diploma in Psychology with UTS Online?

Learn from leading academics and industry experts at Australia’s #1 young university1

Gain transferable skills you can apply in your field of work

Informed by the latest APA Guidelines and the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project

A step in your pathway to becoming a registered psychologist


1QS Top 50 Under 50, 2021

Career outcomes

The UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology is suitable for professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds and industries with no qualification in psychology. 

$112k

The average annual salary for psychologists, according to Burning Glass Technologies (2021).

4.2 stars

Psychologists rate their role for job satisfaction, according to Seek (2022).

The principles of psychology you will learn in this course can be applied to a range of disciplines, including business management, marketing and public relations, education and training, health care, environmental science, sports performance, public service and safety, military and emergency services, and information technology.

(American Psychological Association, 2014)

To learn more about how these learning outcomes can be applied in your field of work, get in touch with our Student Enrolment Advisors

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Are you ready to effect positive change?

With the UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology, you will have the capability to use the power of psychology to make a difference, whatever your field of work.

  • Learn from experts at the leading edge of psychological science.
  • Keep up with the latest science and technology.
  • Study an internationally-relevant course aligned with the latest American Psychological Association (APA) Guidelines.
  • Develop culturally-responsive skills in a curriculum guided by the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project (AIPEP).
  • Have flexibility to learn when it suits you with a course that’s been developed for the online learning environment.

Learning outcomes

Human behaviour
Learn psychological approaches to the study of the mind and behaviour. Focus on core concepts and methods of psychological science, including theories related to biology, learning, cognition, motivation and emotion.

Social and biological influences
The mind is a complex system influenced by social and biological factors. Develop an understanding of the principles of learning and neuroscientific bases of behaviour, while exploring clinical case studies and experimenting with applied psychological techniques.

Historical perspectives and contemporary models
Critically evaluate historical perspectives and contemporary theoretical models of the development, classification, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders. Learn how various socio-cultural factors and scientific developments have shaped dominant models of practice and apply your knowledge and skills to case examples.

Research, theory and ethical practice
Compare and contrast specific research methods and various types of research design to develop an understanding of what distinguishes the scientific approach from pseudoscience. Engage with key ethical issues, questions and principles that guide the work of the scientist-practitioner in psychology.

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Who is this course for?

The UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology is for professionals who want to effect positive change – whether it be in the lives of individuals, your workplace or the community.

Students of this course may come from various fields such as education, human resources, business management, accounting, communications, social work and counselling. The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is for professionals who are:

  • From a diverse range of backgrounds and industries with no qualification in psychology.
  • Have a passion for helping others and making a difference.
  • Ready for a new challenge.
  • Lead busy lives and are seeking work–life balance while studying online.

See entry requirements under course information for more eligibility information.


 

Flexible course options

The UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology comprises only 10 subjects (60 credit points (CP) in total) and can be completed in as little as 20 months. Interested in becoming a registered psychologist? This course, followed by the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced), can form part of your pathway.

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GRADUATE CERTIFICATE (exit only)
4 SUBJECTS

or, continue studying

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GRADUATE DIPLOMA
+6 SUBJECTS

earn your degree and consider further study

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GRADUATE DIPLOMA (ADVANCED)
+6 SUBJECTS

earn your degree

For more information, download your course guide or speak with an Enrolment Advisor.

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What you will study

Complete the following subjects:

  • Introduction to Psychology Foundations​ – 6 CP
  • Introduction to Psychological Science​ – 6 CP
  • Brain and Behaviour* – 6 CP 
  • Psychological Disorders and Interventions* – 6 CP
  • Development Across the Lifespan* – 6 CP ​ 
  • Research Methods and Theory in Psychology* – 6 CP
  • Research Design and Analysis in Psychology​ – 6 CP
  • Psychological Assessment, Ethics, and Professional Skills – 6 CP
  • Society, Psychological Health and Wellbeing​ – 6 CP
  • Cognitive Psychology​ – 6 CP

*Students who complete two of these subjects plus Introduction to Psychology Foundations and Introduction to Psychological Science will be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate in Psychology.


 

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Course information

Entry requirements

Applicants must have completed one of the following UTS-recognised qualifications or an overseas equivalent (in any discipline): ​ 

  • Advanced Diploma (AQF 6) ​ 
  • Bachelor's Degree​ 
  • Graduate Certificate​ 
  • Graduate Diploma ​ 
  • Doctorate or Master's (Research or Coursework)

 

Master of Advanced Nursing
All subjects from the Graduate Certificate + 8 subjects from the Master of Advanced Nursing

UTS Online’s Master of Advanced Nursing is designed for nurses who want to drive better outcomes for person-centred care in advanced clinical settings. This course is delivered part-time, 100% online and influenced by strong healthcare industry partners, making it one of the most contemporary and comprehensive courses of its kind.  
 

English language requirements

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is:

Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.5. For applicants without an Academic IELTS score, refer to the UTS Register of English Language Requirements Proficiency for other methods of satisfying the English language requirements for the course/s.

 

Graduate Diploma
All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics. 

FEE-HELP

To assist with all or some of your tuition fees, FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. This government-supported loan scheme is designed to help eligible full-fee paying students pay their tuition fees.

To check your eligibility, feel free to speak with an Enrolment Advisor today.

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Masters
All units from the Graduate Certificate + 4 Diploma units or continue studying

The Graduate Diploma focuses on giving you the foundational skills that industry demands plus the soft skills to influence business decisions at senior management levels. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in just over a year, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Business Analytics. 

Upcoming intakes

UTS Online psychology courses have six intakes per year.
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