Graduate Diploma of Psychology

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Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Psychology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Next available intakeMarch (Trimester 1)
Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$26,640 AUD
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
CRICOS course code021256B
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0. More information is available at www.ielts.org

Deakin course code H650
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

If you are a psychology graduate, undertake an additional year of study to get registered as a provisional psychologist.

This course takes graduates of Bachelor of Psychology and Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies one step closer to a career as a psychologist. Studying this course gives you the opportunity to receive provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society.

In the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, you will undertake both coursework and a research project, further developing your ability to critically evaluate theory and empirical studies.

You will also learn advanced skills in research design, implementation, analysis and reporting as well as your understanding of professional responsibilities, standards of performance and ethical issues.

Once you complete the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, you can then complete either two years of supervised practice as a provisional psychologist, or pursue further study.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia and meet the requirements for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

In addition, it provides a basis for students wishing to apply to undertake higher degree studies in a more specialised field of applied psychology.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any Government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu au for more information about 2016 fees.

Course rules

To complete the Graduate Diploma in Psychology students must attain six units, totalling 8 credit points.

The Research Project units HPY720 and HPY721 run over two trimesters and are worth 2 credit points each. There are four coursework units, each worth 1 credit point: HPS715, HPS742, HPY710 and HPY712.

Attendance and presentation at the annual School Fourth Year Conference is a hurdle requirement.

Core units

Course structure applies to students who commenced in 2015 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2015 should refer to previous online Handbooks or consult your course enrolment officer.

Trimester 1

HPS715Psychological Assessment

HPS742Research Methods in Psychology C

HPY720Research Project A

Trimester 2

HPY710Case Management and Professional Issues

HPY712Research Methods in Psychology D

HPY721Research Project B

Part time students wising to deviate from the recommended structure should consult the course director.


Registration as a Psychologist

The current requirements for registration as a provisional psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study of psychology that is recognised by the Psychology Board of Australia. The academic program usually consists of an approved undergraduate psychology sequence followed by an approved fourth-year of study, such as Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology.

Following successful completion of an approved fourth-year of psychology study, you may apply for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Deakin’s Bachelor of Psychology can lead directly to provisional registration provided the honours year is completed within this four-year course.

In order to gain full registration, provisional psychologists must then complete either two years of supervised practice, or a minimum two years of further study, which may include: Master of Psychology, Doctor of Psychology or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (with supervised practice completed outside the degree).

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.

Entry requirements - general

Applications are invited from graduates holding a degree with an approved three-year sequence* in psychology or Deakin University’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies.

*For applicants who completed (or who are completing) their degree at Deakin, the approved three-year sequence is determined by the year of commencement as detailed below.

1. Applicants who commenced their psychology major in 2012 or earlier, must have completed TEN of the following units (or equivalent)

  • HPS111 Introduction to Psychology A
  • HPS121 Introduction to Psychology B
  • HPS201 Research Methods in Psychology A
  • HPS301 Research Methods in Psychology B
  • HPS309 Psychological Testing and Measurement

Plus two from the following units

  • HPS202 Child and Adolescent Development
  • HPS203 Cognitive Psychology A
  • HPS204 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • HPS205 Behavioural Neuroscience

Plus two from the following units

  • HPS302 Pathways Through Adulthood
  • HPS303 Cognitive Psychology B
  • HPS304 The Social Psychology of Relationships
  • HPS307 Personality
  • HPS308 Psychopathology
  • HPS395 Clinical Neuroscience

These applicants must have a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B or equivalent unit, and will be ranked for selection on the basis of three of their best level 3 Psychology units (excluding Research Methods B).

2. Applicants who commenced their psychology major in 2013 or later must have completed each of the following units (or equivalent)

  • HPS111 Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • HPS121 Psychology B: Individual and Social Development
  • HPS201 Research Methods in Psychology A
  • HPS202 Child and Adolescent Development
  • HPS203 The Human Mind
  • HPS204 Human Social Behaviour
  • HPS205 OR HPS310 Brain, Biology and Behaviour
  • HPS301 Research Methods in Psychology B
  • HPS307 Personality
  • HPS308 Psychopathology

These applicants must have a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in Research Methods B or equivalent unit, and will be ranked for selection on the basis of their level-2 and level-3 Psychology core units (including Research Methods B).

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table (194kb).

Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

Students who have completed components of another APAC-accredited fourth year program may apply for credit for prior learning for up to four credit points. Credit for prior learning can only be granted for units that are determined by the unit chair and course chair to be equivalent to a unit in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology in content and assessment requirements. Credit for prior learning cannot be granted for studies completed as part of courses that are not APAC-accredited.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact deakin-int-admissions@deakin.edu.au

Workload

As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.