Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Psychology
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)No
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code021256B
Deakin course codeH650

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.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Following successful completion of an undergraduate degree in psychology or Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies, students may complete an approved ‘fourth year’ of study in psychology (either the Graduate Diploma of Psychology or honours in psychology) in order to seek provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology offers you the opportunity to complete a combination of core units comprising both coursework and research.

  • You will also undertake a research project which develops your ability to critically evaluate theory and empirical studies; advanced skills in research design, implementation, analysis and reporting; as well as your understanding of professional responsibilities, standards of performance and ethical issues.

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.


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.

Fees and charges

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. Please refer to the Pre 2016 Unit Fee Cost in the Unit Search.

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicable$24,000$26,640

The rates shown are based on 1 Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) or 8 credit points. If your study load for the year is less than or more than 1 EFTSL your fees will be adjusted accordingly. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can multiple the course price by the EFSTL value of all units you are enrolled in to determine the unit price.

* The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) course rates shown are indicative course fees. CSP fees are indicative because they are calculated based on your unit selection. They should be used as a guide only. The 2016 CSP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

Course rules

The course comprises six units, totalling 8 credit points. The Research Project units runs over two trimesters (units HPY720 and HPY721) 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 Honours Conference and attendance at the School Research Colloquia are hurdle requirements.

Course structure

Trimester 1

HPS742Research Methods in Psychology C

HPY710Counselling and Professional Issues

HPY720Research Project A

Trimester 2

HPS715Psychological Assessment

HPY712Research Methods in Psychology D

HPY721Research Project B

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