Graduate Diploma of Psychology Online (Bridging)

Why Psychology with JCU?

Backed by 50 years of experience in teaching and research in psychology, JCU’s 100% Online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) will help you develop your skills and reach your career 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 only 20 months part-time.

Unique curriculum

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.

50 years’ experience

JCU has 50 years’ experience in teaching and research in Psychology. You’ll study and connect with industry leaders, specialists and experienced academics.

Program Highlights

  • Understand contemporary psychology disciplines.
  • Gain confidence using data and technology.
  • Develop a global perspective aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Fast-track your career with 100% online study.
  • Be supported by a dedicated Student Success Advisor.
  • Begin the pathway towards becoming a registered psychologist.

Grad Dip of Psychology Overview

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A pragmatic and versatile qualification

The JCU Online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) is a contemporary and hands-on qualification designed for the future. It provides the foundational knowledge of the history of psychology and develops your professional skills to apply contemporary psychology to solve community-based challenges.


A stepping stone to becoming a registered psychologist

This qualification is a pathway to further study for those who want to change their career to become a psychologist. This may include career pathways such as general or clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology, forensic psychology and organisational psychology.


A way forward in human-centred professions

This degree is also for professionals in human-centred occupations who are focused on career growth and want the skills to help them achieve more in current and future roles. This may include teaching, human resources, marketing, counselling, social work and consulting.

*This course is conditionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)


What you will study

You will study a broad scope of subjects unique to the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) at JCU Online, including Environmental Psychology and Health, Wellbeing & Resilience and more. These subjects align to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as well as current and emerging global health challenges in a technology-enabled society.

Study 10 online subjects over 20 months, which you can commence at any of the six study periods throughout the year.


  • Social Psychology
    This 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 Personality
    This subject explores historical, contemporary and emerging theoretical approaches to personality. Read more
  • The Psychology of Health, Wellbeing and Resilience
    This 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 Lifespan
    This 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 Interventions
    This subject introduces empirical approaches to understanding maladaptive behaviour, psychosocial disorders and dysfunctions. Read more
  • Learning, Memory Cognition and Language
    This 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 Behaviour
    This subject introduces key theories and concepts relevant to the biological basis of behaviour. Read more
  • Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Futures
    The subject examines the role that psychology may play in developing sustainable futures. Read more
  • Principles of Counselling
    This subject introduces the theories and practice of counselling in a multicultural society. Read more
  • Research and Statistics for Psychology
    This subject will explore the research process and some of the most commonly used methods of statistical analysis relevant to psychological research. Read more

Course information

This degree can be the first stepping stone in the path to becoming a practising psychologist. Alternatively, students may use this degree to complement their current roles in a range of industries including marketing, human resources, education, social work and counselling.

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  • Learning Outcomes
  • Career Outcomes
Entry Requirements

To be eligible to enrol in the online Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging), 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.

Learning Outcomes

After completing your Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging), you will be able to:

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of knowledge and skills in major theoretical perspectives, philosophical and historical developments in core areas of psychology
  • Work collaboratively and independently to design, evaluate and disseminate information and initiatives to promote and optimize mental health, resilience and well being in culturally diverse and geographically dispersed contexts.
Career Outcomes

After completing your Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging), you may choose to continue your studies to become a registered psychologist. This can include career pathways such as:

  • General or clinical psychology
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Organisational psychology

If you choose not to pursue further study or a career in psychology, this degree can empower you to find employment across a variety of industries such as:

  • Business
  • Community services
  • Education
  • Health services
  • Protective services

Within these industries some possible roles for graduates are outlined below. Although several of these roles do not require a formal qualification in psychology, entry into these occupations may be improved if you have a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging):

  • Case manager
  • Care worker
  • School counsellor
  • Human resources officer
  • Marketing specialist
  • Secondary school psychology teacher
Pathway to becoming a Registered Psychologist

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Meet Our Psychology Academics

Backed by 50 years of experience in teaching and researching psychology, our passionate academics will empower you to succeed in a world where the scope of psychology is widening.

Nested qualifications: Early entry exit options

As you study your Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging), you will gain your Graduate Certificate of Psychology. If you need to finish your study early, you may still qualify for a Graduate Certificate of Psychology. Get in touch with an Enrolment Advisor to find out more.


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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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  • What to expect from the course
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Frequently asked questions

What does "Bridging" in the course title mean?
Our course is specifically designed for students with little to no Psychology background, therefore 'Bridging' refers to bridging the gap of a standard undergraduate Psychology degree and allowing students to catch up faster and complete an qualification equivalent to a 3 year Bachelor of Psychology in 20 months.
Can I enrol for more than two subjects to fast track my course?
We do not allow students to undertake more than one subject in their first study period, as we like to ensure students are set for success and can manage the workload and requirements. After the first study period your Student Success Advisor will be available to discuss your options for studying multiple units in one study period.
What can you do with a psychology degree?
After completing your Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging), you may choose to continue your studies to become a registered psychologist by completeing either a Graduate Diploma of Psychology (4th year), allowing access to the General Psychology pathway or by completing a 4th year Honours to access both General and Clinical Psychology pathways. If you choose not to pursue further study or a career in psychology, this degree can help empower you to find employment across a variety of industries such as business, community services, education, health services and protective services.
How long does it take to become a psychologist?
Depending on which pathway you choose to follow it can take around 6-8 years to become a registered psychologist. JCU Online's Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) takes 20 months to complete and is equivalent to a Bachelor of Psychological Science which usually takes 3 years to complete.
How to become a psychiatrist after a psychology degree?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors and have studied first to become a medical doctor. Once they have graduated as a doctor, they take on more study and training to become a psychiatrist. A degree in Psychology will not qualify to you become a psychiatrist.
Can I become a counsellor with a psychology degree?
Depending on what skills and experience your future employer is looking for, a postraduate degree in psychology may provide you with the skills required to apply for counselling positions. Each role will be different therefore we suggest reading the key selection criteria thoroughly.
How much does it cost to complete the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging)?
JCU Online's Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) costs $3,180 per subject. FEE-HELP is available for eligible students.
What is FEE-HELP?
Some students may be eligible for government assistance to help their study. For more information and to see if you are eligible visit: