Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies

If you have completed a degree in any discipline and wish to learn more about human behaviour or make a career change into psychology, ISN Psychology’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies is the right choice for you.

The APAC approved Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies is a 2 year course bridging 4 years of psychology that consist of:

  1. Year 1 – eight units equivalent to core units in a psychology undergraduate sequence; and
  2. Year 2 – six units equivalent to core units in an honours psychology sequence. 

This unique two year offering is ideal for those considering fast tracking a career path transition into psychology.

Students graduating with a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies would be eligible to apply for our Master of Psychology (Clinical) or other postgraduate psychology offering.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies is a higher level (AQF level 8) qualification  intended as a bridge for students holding a qualification in another discipline.  It is offered face-to-face* at ISN Psychology’s Ivanhoe campus in Melbourne, Victoria.  Online and blended components allow flexibility of delivery options.  

An understanding of Human Nature like never before.

Students will explore areas of psychology such as personality, perception, cognition, learning, motivation, abnormal psychology and developmental psychology. Students will gain knowledge about human behaviour and how this can be applied to various industries and everyday life. ISN Psychology provides a comprehensive understanding of Human Nature like never before.

*COVID-19 pandemic considerations may result in material needing to be presented live and online.

To apply for a position in the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies, prospective students must
demonstrate that they:

  • Meet criteria as a domestic student, and
  • Completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline
  • Overseas qualifications are translated into English and deemed equivalent to Australian qualifications by the Australian Education International – National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR)

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies consists of two years full-time, or the part-time equivalent study. The course structure is based on four full-time semesters (each of 12 weeks’ duration).

The first year of the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies or the Graduate Certificate of Psychological Studies, consists of eight core units. The unit structure is provided below and may be subject to change as a result of APAC assessment:

YEAR 1

Semester 1
ISNG101 Introduction to Psychology 1 12.5 credit points
ISNG102 Introduction to Psychology 2 12.5 credit points
ISNG113 Psychological Statistics 12.5 credit points
ISNG114 Foundations of Neuroscience 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
ISNG201 Psychology Research Methods 12.5 credit points
ISNG202 Abnormal Psychology 12.5 credit points
ISNG203 Learning and Motivation 12.5 credit points
ISNG303 Basics of Psychological Assessment 12.5 credit points

The Second year of the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies consists of six core units of which two will focus on the completion of a major research project/thesis.

The unit structure is provided below:

YEAR 2

Semester 1
ISNG401 Life Span Development and Psychopathology* 12.5 credit points
ISNG402 Psychological Assessment 12.5 credit points
ISNG403 Research Methods 12.5 credit points
ISNG404 Research Thesis 1 12.5 credit points
Semester 2
ISNG411 Contemporary Professional Psychology 12.5 credit points
ISNG412 Research Thesis 2 37.5 credit points

*Students enrolled in the mid-year intake will complete ISNG411 Contemporary Professional Psychology in their Semester 1 and ISNG401 Lifespan Development and Psychopathology in their Semester 2.

Tuition Fees

ISN Psychology is now a FEE HELP approved provider. Tuiton fees are payable upfront or through FEE HELP for eligible students.

For more information about tuition fees please visit our website, isn.edu.au or contact us (03) 9008 1600

Below are the fees for 2021:

YEAR 1

Unit Code Unit of Study Name Credit Points Tuition Fees
ISNG101 Introduction to Psychology 1 12.5 $2,250
ISNG102 Introduction to Psychology 2 12.5 $2,250
ISNG113 Psychological Statistics 12.5 $2,250
ISNG114 Foundations of Neuroscience 12.5 $2,250
ISNG201 Psychological Research Methods 12.5 $2,250
ISNG202 Abnormal Psychology 12.5 $2,250
ISNG203 Learning and Motivation 12.5 $2,250
ISNG303 Basics of Psychological Assessment 12.5 $2,250
Total cost (100 credit points) $18,000

YEAR 2

Unit Code Unit of Study Name Credit Points Tuition Fees
ISNG401 Life Span Development and Psychopathology 12.5 $3,081
ISNG402 Psychological Assessment 12.5 $3,081
ISNG403 Research Methods 12.5 $3,081
ISNG404 Research Thesis 1 12.5 $3,081
ISNG411 Contemporary Professional Psychology 12.5 $3,081
ISNG412 Research Thesis 2 37.5 $9,243
Total cost (100 credit points) $24,648
Total course cost $42,648