The APAC approved Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies is a 2 year course bridging 4 years of psychology that consist of: Year 1 – eight units equivalent to core units in a psychology undergraduate sequence; and Year 2 – six units equivalent to core units in an honours psychology sequence.  This unique two year offerring 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 offerring. 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.  Online and blended components allow flexibility of delivery options.  


This is the ISN Graduate Program course information page for Semester 2 2021.

In Psychology Statistics, students will be provided with an introduction to the fundamental areas of statistics as applied to psychology. Topics explored in this unit include: probability and hypothesis testing, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and, using statistics to make inferences about one, two, or more than two populations. Furthermore, this unit aims to develop students’ knowledge and application of current statistical software programs to various psychological research data sets and the ability to calculate and interpret statistical data.

In Psychology Research Methods, students will be provided with a detailed overview of research methodology and inferential data analysis in psychology research. This unit will critically overview the main research designs used in psychology, and students will be introduced to a range of advanced data analysis techniques such as analysis of variance (ANOVA), correlation and regression, and factor analysis.


Abnormal Psychology will introduce students to psychopathology and will focus on several areas including description, classification, epidemiology, aetiology, assessment, and knowledge about intervention. Students will be introduced to the concepts of normality and abnormality, and to the advantages and limitations of the diagnostic and classification systems in order to help them develop an ability to discuss critical issues associated with professional and societal approaches to people experiencing mental illness.


Learning and Motivation explores the basic principles that underpin behaviour. Students will be introduced to the main theories and research underlying learning and how motivation can affect behaviour, with a focus on behaviourist and cognitivist theories. Behavioural experiments in non-human animals will be used to explore fundamental concepts and principles of learning, such as Pavlovian and instrumental conditioning, habituation, sensitisation, motivations, emotion, memory and forgetting. Furthermore, learning and motivation, within the context of understanding and explaining human behaviour and disorders, will also be covered in this unit.

Basics of Psychological Assessment introduces students to the fundamentals of psychological measurement and assessment. This unit will explore the range of psychological assessments currently used in Australia and provide an in-depth study of a current assessment tool in each of the following psychological domains: personality, intelligence, psychopathology, and organisational selection. The assessment process and important principles of measurement will also be covered in this unit, along with the challenges involved in psychological assessment. A particular focus is placed on exploring the cultural influence on testing and the use of culturally appropriate measurement and assessment tools.