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 1 2021.

Introduction to Psychology 1 provides students with basic knowledge of psychology. Specifically this unit will develop an understanding of key concepts and theories in the following areas of psychology: biological, cognitive and developmental.  In addition, students will develop basic skills in critical evaluation of psychological literature and basic skills in essay writing applied to psychology.

Introduction to Psychology 2, in conjunction with Introduction to Psychology 1, provides students with basic knowledge about the fundamental and diverse areas of psychology. More specifically, this unit will introduce students to the key concepts, principles, and theories in the following content areas: personality and individual differences; health, clinical and abnormal psychology; emotion and motivation; cross-cultural and social psychology.


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.

Foundations of Neuroscience builds further on the structural features and functional principles of the nervous systems introduced in Biological Foundations of Psychology and will explore the functional systems related to sensation, perception, and memory. The biological basis of other complex behaviours such as learning, language and intelligence, emotion, reproduction, and aggression will also be examined within this framework.  The relationship between neurobiological and psychological dysfunction will also be considered.