Graduate Certificate in Psychology [Online] (GCertPsych)

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These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


NOTE: This Graduate Certificate is an exit award that is only available to students who are enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

The Graduate Certificate in Psychology is a fully online offering designed for applicants who have already completed a three-year undergraduate degree at AQF Level 7 that may or may not have included psychology.

Courses focus on contemporary research, theories and applications to develop critical and analytic thinking and research skills, providing foundational knowledge in topics from the scientific discipline of psychology.
The Graduate Certificate in Psychology is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 0.5 years. However, this program is only offered part-time for a duration of 0.8 years.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Synthesise and critique psychological theory, constructs and contemporary knowledge in select topic areas.
2. Evaluate knowledge claims regarding psychological science in select topic areas.
3. Apply psychological concepts to complex personal, social and societal issues.
4. Formulate research questions and design psychological research studies.
5. Analyse data using qualitative and quantitative techniques.
6. Communicate psychological information for a variety of audiences and purposes.
7. Reflect critically on ethical issues and evidence–based approach underpinning psychological research and applications.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Certificate in Psychology [Online]

There shall be a Graduate Certificate in Psychology [Online].

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Psychology, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 15 units, comprising:

  1. Foundation courses to the value of 6 units
  2. Core courses to the value of 9 units
Core Courses

To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 15 units.

Foundation Courses

Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PSYCHOL 6500OL Foundations of Psychology 3
PSYCHOL 6501OL Research Methods, Design and Analysis 3


Courses to the value of 9 units from the following:

Core Courses

Subject / Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
PSYCHOL 6502OL Developmental Psychology 3
PSYCHOL 6503OL Psychological Health & Wellbeing 3
PSYCHOL 6504OL Applying Research Methods in Psychology 3
PSYCHOL 6505OL Culture and Context 3
PSYCHOL 6506OL Social Psychology 3
PSYCHOL 6507OL Cognitive Psychology 3
PSYCHOL 6508OL Individual Differences and Assessment 3
PSYCHOL 6509OL Learning and Behaviour 3