Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Quick course guide

National CRICOS Course Code:

071876D

Course length:

One year full-time or part-time equivalent

Study modes:

On-campus in Sydney and Melbourne

Units:

7

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology will suit psychology graduates seeking employment in areas that value knowledge of psychology and an advanced level of research and writing skills, as well as those who wish to continue training towards registration as a psychologist. Graduate Diploma of Psychology is offered at our Sydney and Melbourne campuses and is conditionally accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is similar to ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), but assigns a reduced weight to the thesis and an increased emphasis on the applications of psychology in preparation for professional postgraduate training.  Although all students complete an individual thesis as in the honours program, research topics are on related aspects of an overall research program and group supervision is undertaken.  This encourages the development of teamwork, which is highly valued in the profession of psychology and in industry.

Completion of this course provides the necessary qualification to apply for further study in psychology and for provisional registration as a psychologist. 

Entry Criteria/Prerequisites

  • Completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year psychology sequence within the last 10 years, AND
  • Achieved a credit average in second and third year units, including a credit in the majority of psychology units

Campuses

ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology is currently available on-campus in Sydney (domestic and international students) or Melbourne (domestic students only).

Course Duration and Start Dates

One year full-time unit
or
part-time equivalent

One year full-time unit
or
part-time equivalent

2015
Trimester 1 - Monday 16 February, 2015

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What will I learn?

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology has at its core three main principles:

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology has at its core three main principles:

  • Evidence-based
  • Multidisciplinary study
  • Intervention and change

For more information, on this course, see 'Course Structure' below. 

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Study Modes

On-campus study in Sydney or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one three hour class per week for each of the modules or units you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Fees

Cost per unit is AU$3820 (x4 units), AU$2865 (x2 units), AU$1915 (x1 unit) for domestic students. For international student fees, click here.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students for the Graduate Diploma of Psychology. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to receive FEE-HELP. If you are eligible and would like to pay your fees through FEE-HELP, please complete our online FEE-HELP form or request one by calling 1800 061 199.

Further Study

Completion of this course provides the necessary qualification to apply for further study in psychology and for provisional registration as a psychologist.

Completion of this course provides the necessary qualification to apply for further study in psychology and for provisional registration as a psychologist.

Graduates may be eligible to apply for postgraduate study in psychology at the masters (such as ACAP’s Master of Psychology [Clinical]) or doctoral levels, one year of postgraduate study followed by one year of supervised practice (such as ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology) or two years of supervised practice. Each of these pathways leads to full registration as a psychologist.

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Course Structure

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is comprised of:

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is comprised of:

  • 4 coursework psychology units
  • 3 research units

Core Psychology Units

  • Psychology: An Evidence-Based Approach 4
  • Advanced Psychological Assessment
  • Advanced Topics in Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma Thesis A
  • Graduate Diploma Thesis B
  • Graduate Diploma Thesis C

For more information about the sequencing and structure of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, see our course guide.

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The Psychology Study Sequence

It takes 6 years to become eligible to be registered as a psychologist in Australia. The 6 years can be made up of:

  • 6 years of accredited study
  • 5 years of accredited study and 1 year of supervised practice
  • 4 years of accredited study and 2 years of supervised practice

A Career in Psychology

Psychology graduates build careers in areas where knowledge of psychology and well‑developed research and writing skills are valued, such as health and social welfare, social policy and research, market research, human services, disability and ageing, mental health services, juvenile justice, immigration and refugee support services. Some graduates continue their study in psychology with the aim of becoming registered psychologists and others undertake further specialist study for careers in diverse areas such as allied health, teaching, and business.

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Organisational Psychologist
  • Psychologist

Did you know?

  • Employment for psychologists is expected to grow very strongly for the period up to 2016-17.
  • ACAP offers Psychology courses from Bachelor through to Masters level - the full 6 year study sequence.

(Source: www.joboutlook.gov.au)