Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science
Course summary for international students
|Award granted||Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science|
|Deakin course code||H653|
Offered to continuing students only. Course structure applies for students who commence in 2014 onwards. Students who commenced prior to 2014 should refer to the entry for the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies.
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.
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 and enables you to undertake additional study in pursuit of provisional registration.
To be awarded the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science, students must complete 8 credit points in psychology: eight compulsory units.
|HPS771||Research Methods in Psychology A|
|HPS772||Child and Adolescent Development|
|HPS773||Understanding the Mind|
|HPS774||Introduction to Social Psychology|
|HPS781||Research Methods in Psychology B|
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).
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 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).
Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.