The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is an APAC accredited fourth year psychology program. The course aims to provide for the completion of a four year sequence, which is a requirement for advanced study in psychology.
The course includes content focused on the theoretical and empirical bases for psychological measurement and assessment, evidence based approaches to psychological intervention, developmental psychopathology, and professional practice issues and ethics. The course also includes comprehensive coverage of psychological research, and students complete an individual research thesis. All teaching staff are experienced clinicians or researchers who are committed to advancing the field of psychology through their own work and their interaction with students.
|Location: Camberwell||Intake: Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year|
|Delivery: Full Time Only||Fees: Fee information can be found here|
|Duration: 1 Year||FEE-HELP: Yes|
|CRICOS Course Code: 092970K|
Course Duration and Structure
This one year full time program consists of 100 credit points. Students undertake a total of seven units of study consisting of five coursework units (62.5 credit points or 62.5%) and two research units (37.5 credit points or 37.5%).
|GDP1||Professional Practice and Professional Ethics|
|GDP5||Research Thesis 1|
|GDP7||Developmental Psychopathology Across the Lifespan|
|GDP4||Evidence-Based Practice and Practice-Based Evidence|
|GDP6||Research Thesis 2|
Applicants must have completed a three year sequence in psychology in an accredited APAC program of study, within the last ten years. Minimum entry standard is a credit average (60%) in second and third year psychology units with credit in most units.
For entry into the course, students are required to submitted an application through the Apply Now page, with certified or original scanned copies of the following supporting documentation:
- Most recent academic transcripts
- A current curriculum vitae
- A 500 word personal statement outlining what factors have contributed to the application
- Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate)
- One academic reference using the online HODSPA reference system. A guide on how to use the system is available here.
Recognition of Prior Learning
Students applying for this program may enter into a process in which they may be granted credit or partial credit towards the qualification in recognition of previous experience where an equivalence of earlier learning can be established.
Credit transfer for an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) course, is only applicable for recently completed APAC accredited postgraduate programs.
Credit or partial credit is not granted in recognition of knowledge or skills gained through work or life experience.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical codes, legislation, and professional standards to issues relevant to psychological research and professional practice.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the development and application of psychological assessment and intervention.
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of developmental psychopathology.
- Have the capacity to critically consider the impact of sociocultural and developmental factors in psychology research and professional practice.
- Apply the scientific method to answer psychology-related research questions (i.e., study design, data analysis and interpretation).
- Demonstrate sophisticated oral and written communication skills.
On completion of the fourth year of study in psychology, graduates are eligible to:
- Apply the knowledge and skills in their current work place, gain a greater understanding of a number of fields in which psychology is applied, and be better placed to make decisions about future studies or their professional future.
- Apply for provisional registration as a psychologist and apply for entry to an APAC accredited Masters training program that lead to registration as a psychologist.
The course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and meets the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requirements for a generalist fourth year in psychology.