Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

Course summary for current students


2015 course information

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

Offered to continuing students only

Course sub-headings

Course overview

If you are interested in psychology but have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in another field, the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science provides you with the opportunity to complete the equivalent of a three-year psychology sequence and to gain a separate award, while developing the initial knowledge and skills upon which advanced skills can be built. After successfully completing the course, you will be well prepared to undertake a fourth-year course in psychology: either honours in psychology or a Graduate Diploma of Psychology in pursuit of provisional registration as a psychologist.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), recognised for registration purposes by the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of provisional registration.

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 (PBA). 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).

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science provides the equivalent of an undergraduate sequence in psychology that is modified for delivery at postgraduate level, and provides a pathway for application to fourth-year studies 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 (PBA) and associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

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).

Fees and charges

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Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • 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 Science, students must complete 8 credit points in psychology: eight compulsory units.

Course structure

HPS771Research Methods in Psychology A

HPS772Child and Adolescent Development

HPS773The Human Mind

HPS774Human Social Behaviour

HPS775Brain, Biology and Behaviour

HPS781Research Methods in Psychology B