Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

Course summary for local students



Award granted Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud (online)Yes
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

This course is being discontinued from 2015.

The final intake will be T3 2014.

Indicative annual fee 2015$6,152* - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
$22,830* - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code H653

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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A Fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2014, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, 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 2014 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

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



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).

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

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed an approved bachelor degree. In addition, applicants must have successfully completed both

HPS111Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour


HPS121Psychology B: Individual and Social Development

or equivalent.

HPS111 and HPS121 and may be taken as single subject enrolments, and are available on all campuses in trimester 1, 2 and 3.

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.

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.