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University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Graduate Diploma of Psychology

  • 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.

With UTS Online’s Graduate Diploma in Psychology, you’ll gain contemporary knowledge and practical skills, preparing you to harness the power of psychology in your work. 

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. 

The 100% online Graduate Diploma in Psychology is your first step towards pursuing a career in psychology. Upon successful completion of this course, you may apply for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced), which is the next step in your pathway to becoming a registered psychologist or researcher. 

*UTS is currently seeking APAC accreditation.

  • 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.

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)

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.

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. 

  • The average annual salary for psychologists, is $112k according to Burning Glass Technologies (2021).
  • Psychologists rate their role 4.2 stars 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.

Your previous studies can be acknowledged as credit towards the Graduate Diploma in Psychology subjects Introduction to Psychology Foundations and Introduction to Psychological Science, provided you meet the relevant course requirements.

2023 academic year student fees shown are subject to change. You may also be required to pay student amenities fees. Contact the university directly to confirm.

Fees shown are per unit. The number of units are listed below fees. Together they indicate the total fees for the course.

FEE-HELP loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying domestic students with the cost of a university course.

Key Facts
  • Study Mode: Online
  • 20 months (part-time)
  • $3,852 per unit FEE-HELP available
  • 10 units
  • Start Date: Jan, Mar, May, July, Aug, Oct