ACAP’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science can be completed in one year full-time or part-time equivalent, with three units undertaken each trimester for students who have an undergraduate degree in another area of study and have completed accredited first year psychology units. This course provides a comprehensive foundation for understanding the theoretical basis of the scientific discipline of psychology, for developing critical and analytical thinking skills, for understanding the underpinnings of the professional applications of psychology and for developing capabilities to design, conduct and evaluate psychological research.
- Completion of a Bachelor Degree or higher in any discipline, and
- Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council accredited first year Psychology sequence within the last ten years. These units are available for completion at ACAP, please contact us for info on this.
International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).
Can be completed in one year - full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Trimester 1: Monday 5 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday 29 May 2018
Areas of study include:
- Research Methodology and Statistics
- Perception and Cognition
- Learning and Memory
- Life Span Development
- Psychological Measurement and Assessment
- Intercultural Diversity and Indigenous Psychology
- Professional Issues and Applications
For more information, see the course guide.
On-campus study in Sydney or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend a three hour lecture and a one hour tutorial 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.
With online delivery you can study anywhere, anytime. Online study requires you to login at a specified time each week to attend a one hour tutorial for each of the modules or units you are studying. You would also need to watch a three hour lecture recording each week. All classes have an online class space containing course materials, discussion forums and announcements, student profiles and assessment drop boxes and are accessible to the class group and the teacher.
You can choose to study each of your units in different modes, subject to availability, to create a study mode that fits your lifestyle. You can select different modes of study for different units in a given trimester and you can change the mode of study you select when you enrol each trimester. To find out which units are offered online, please refer to our course sequence for more information.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course.
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As a graduate of this course you may be eligible for ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), our Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or graduate-entry degrees in areas such as health sciences, community services, business and accounting, and policy.
For more information, see our course guide.
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
Graduates from courses may be eligible for further study including ACAP’s Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or graduate-entry degrees in areas such as health sciences, community services, business and accounting, and policy.
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
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.