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) is APAC accredited and 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 as little as 20 months part-time.
Our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
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.
- 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
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 and consulting.
This course is 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 at least 20 months, which you can commence at any of the six study periods throughout the year.
*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 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.
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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.
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:
- Community services
- 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
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
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.
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
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Friday: 8am - 5pm (AEST)
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