Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies

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Award granted Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH653

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The course aims to provide students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in another field with the opportunity to complete a three-year psychology sequence and to gain a separate award; to develop in students the initial knowledge base, competencies and skills upon which advanced skills can be built as identified in the guidelines for designing curricula provided by the Psychologists Board of Australia and the Australian Psychological Society (APS); and to assist in preparing students for an approved fourth year in psychology (either a bachelor degree with honours or a further graduate diploma).

Professional recognition

This course is Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited.

Registration as a psychologist

The current requirements in Victoria for registration as a psychologist include the completion of four years of academic study of psychology in a course recognised by the Psychologists Board of Australia (PBA). Two years of supervised practice are required in addition to the four-year academic program but please see APS website for possible changes to this. The academic program will normally consist of an approved three-year undergraduate psychology sequence, followed by an approved fourth year of study (such as Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Psychology or Honours in Psychology).

Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies provides the equivalent of the three-year undergraduate sequence that is required for entry to Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Psychology, modified for delivery at postgraduate level. The sequence is recognised for registration purposes by the Psychologists Board of Australia. Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Honours, students may also apply for membership of the professional society (Australian Psychological Society).

Fees and charges

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  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

Course rules

To be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies, students must complete 8 credit points in psychology: three compulsory units and five electives.

Course structure

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Elective units

Five electives must be chosen from the following. Three must be chosen from list A and two from list B.


List A

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