Why Psychology with JCU?
Whether you are a professional in a human-centred role such as marketing or education, or you want to deepen your knowledge of the human psyche, JCU’s 100% Online Graduate Certificate of Psychology will help you reach your goals.
100% online & part-time
Fast-track your career with flexible study you can balance around your life. Study one subject at a time and complete your degree in as little as eight months part-time.
Aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and current and emerging global challenges, this course offers a broad scope of subjects, including Environmental Psychology and Health, Wellbeing & Resilience.
#1 for Median Salary
JCU has been ranked #1 in Australia for Median Salary, Postgraduate Psychology by the 2023 Good Universities Guide.
- Diversify your knowledge and familiarise yourself with current theories of psychology.
- Differentiate your CV as a professional with an understanding of contemporary psychology.
- Fast-track your career with 100% online study.
- Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor.
- Begin the pathway towards further study and becoming a registered psychologist.
Reach your goals by studying psychology
The JCU Online Graduate Certificate of Psychology is a contemporary and hands-on qualification designed for the future. You will develop professional skills, learn about emerging trends in psychology and study a range of contemporary subjects.
A way forward in human-centred professions
Advance your career in industries such as teaching, human resources, marketing, counselling, human services or consulting.
A course for passionate inquirers
Build your knowledge and skills while gaining a better understanding of yourself and the people around you.
A stepping stone to becoming a registered psychologist
This qualification can also be a pathway to studying the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging)^ and to becoming a registered psychologist.
^The Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
What you will study
You will study four subjects unique to the Graduate Certificate of Psychology at JCU Online. These subjects align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as current and emerging global health challenges in a technology-enabled society.
To find out which subjects will be available in the upcoming study periods or to learn more about the course, download a course guide.
*Duration dependent on individual study path and subject availability. Please speak to an Enrolment Advisor for more information.
Social PsychologyThis subject provides a historical and contemporary overview of social psychology, introducing key theories used to explain and predict people's thoughts, feelings and actions in social situations. Read more
Individual Differences in PersonalityThis subject explores historical, contemporary and emerging theoretical approaches to personality. Read more
The Psychology of Health, Wellbeing and ResilienceThis subject explores the field of health psychology, including global health issues, chronic disease and biopsychosocial determinants of health, wellbeing and resilience. Read more
Human Development Across the LifespanThis subject examines the human experience of life and the physical, cognitive and social-emotional changes which occur across the lifespan. Read more
Psychological Disorders and InterventionsThis subject introduces empirical approaches to understanding maladaptive behaviour, psychosocial disorders and dysfunctions. Read more
Learning, Memory Cognition and LanguageThis subject explores key theories and research on how information from the environment is acquired, stored, processed, retrieved and utilised. Read more
Neuroscience and the Biological Bases of BehaviourThis subject introduces key theories and concepts relevant to the biological basis of behaviour. Read more
Environmental Psychology and Sustainable FuturesThe subject examines the role that psychology may play in developing sustainable futures. Read more
Principles of CounsellingThis subject introduces the theories and practice of counselling in a multicultural society. Read more
Research and Statistics for PsychologyThis subject will explore the research process and some of the most commonly used methods of statistical analysis relevant to psychological research. Read more
- Entry Requirements
- Learning Outcomes
- Career Outcomes
- Inherent Requirements
To be eligible to enrol in the online Graduate Certificate of Psychology, applicants must have:
- Completed a minimum of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in any field other than Psychology at this or another University.
- Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1– Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Not sure if you meet these entry criteria? Our Enrolment Advisors can assist you.SPEAK WITH AN ENROLMENT ADVISOR
Our Graduate Certificate of Psychology will provide you with a well-rounded learning experience with learning outcomes that focus on:
- Applying your knowledge and skills in major theoretical perspectives, philosophical and historical developments in core areas of psychology.
- Being able to design, evaluate and disseminate information that promotes mental health.
- Applying psychological concepts in culturally diverse and geographically dispersed contexts.
A Graduate Certificate of Psychology can give you transferable skills and help you stand out to potential employers in a range of industries including:
- Community services
- Health services
- Protective services
You may also choose to continue your studies and gain a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) that can be a pathway to becoming a registered psychologist.DOWNLOAD COURSE GUIDE
Inherent requirements are the identified abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours that must be demonstrated, during the learning experience, to successfully complete a course. These abilities, attributes, skills, and behaviours preserve the academic integrity of the University’s learning, assessment, and accreditation processes, and where applicable, meet the standards of a profession.
All JCU students have the opportunity to demonstrate, with reasonable adjustments where applicable, the inherent requirements for their course.
Nested qualifications: Early entry exit options
Our Graduate Certificate of Psychology is a nested qualification within our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging). After completing your graduate certificate, you may decide to study an additional six subjects to gain your graduate diploma. This can be the first step on the pathway towards becoming a registered psychologist.
Your personalised Enrolment Advisor
The role of an Enrolment Advisor is to ensure that you have all the resources and academic support needed to be successful in your studies.
Enrolments Advisors are here to help you with:
- Determining your eligibility for the course.
- Understanding the structure of your course and what you can expect to learn.
- Time management strategies for success.
- How to apply for financial assistance and FEE-HELP.
- Any questions you have about your application.
Contact hours for your Enrolment Advisor
Monday and Tuesday: 8am-6pm (AEST)
Wednesday and Thursday: 8am-7pm (AEST)
Friday: 8am - 5pm (AEST)
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For more detailed and up-to-date information about your degree, including:
- Information about the course
- Course duration
- Course descriptions
- What to expect from the course
Speak with an Enrolment Advisor
Investing in the right course for you is important to us and we’re here to help. Simply request a call back and will assist you with:
- Entry requirements
- Choosing right course
- How to apply and enrol
- How online study works
- Course duration and fees