Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Course summary for local students
|Year||2016 course information|
|Award granted||Graduate Diploma of Psychology|
Offered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)
|Length||1 year full-time or part-time equivalent|
|Next available intake|
March (Trimester 1)
|CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016||Not applicable|
|Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016||$24,000 - Full-fee paying place|
Health - Student and Academic Services
|Level||Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)|
|CRICOS course code||021256B|
|Deakin course code||H650|
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 overview
- Professional recognition
- Fees and charges
- Course rules
- Course structure
- Entry requirements - general
- Entry requirements - specific
- Credit for prior learning - general
- Credit for prior learning - specific
- How to apply
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.
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.
Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.
* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.
Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.
Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.
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.
Fee information for all domestic students
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 firstname.lastname@example.org au for more information about 2016 fees.
Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.
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.
|HPS742||Research Methods in Psychology C|
|HPY710||Counselling and Professional Issues|
|HPY720||Research Project A|
|HPY712||Research Methods in Psychology D|
|HPY721||Research 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
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.
Entry requirements - specific
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.
Applicants who commenced their psychology major in 2012 or later must have completed an extended major in psychology at Deakin University (or equivalent) which consists of two credit points at level 1, five credit points at level 2 and three credit points at level 3. This extended major must include the level 2 and 3 research methods units offered by the School of Psychology or equivalent. 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).
Applicants who commenced their major prior to 2012 must have completed an extended major in psychology at Deakin University (or equivalent) which consists of a minimum of 10 credit points of psychology (out of the 24 credit points required for an undergraduate degree): two credit points at level 1, four credit points at level 2, and four credit points at level 3. This extended major must include the level 2 and 3 research methods units offered by the School of Psychology or equivalent, and HPS309. 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 best level-3 Psychology units (not including Research Methods B).
Please refer to the Psychology applications section of the Additional documentation webpage and download appropriate forms for your course.
Credit for prior learning - general
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.
Credit for prior learning - specific
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.
How to apply
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.