Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

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The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science offers students the opportunity to complete a major sequence in psychology without having to undertake a full-three-year degree.

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Key facts

Duration

1.25 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Follow your passion and explore a rewarding career change by studying the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science. Designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than psychology, the course introduces you to the fundamentals of psychology and human behaviour while fast-tracking your journey to becoming a registered psychologist.

Ready for a career in psychology but don’t want to start from scratch with an undergraduate degree?

If you are looking to move into psychology, but the idea of committing to a three-year undergraduate degree seems a bit daunting, the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is your perfect option. It allows you to reach your goals, faster. You will be studying the accredited psychology major sequence only, which means you can complete the degree in as little as one year (if you study full time in trimesters 1, 2 and 3). Plus, the course can be studied on campus or online, giving you the flexibility to achieve your goals on your schedule.

The course may be short in duration, but you will be getting a comprehensive introduction to the human mind and the fundamentals of human behaviour. In your second and third trimester you will be covering more complex topics like child development, psychopathology, neural structure and social behaviour. Course content is industry-led and delivered by passionate teachers who are active contributors to the field – just one of the reasons why postgraduate psychology courses at Deakin rank #1 in Victoria for student satisfaction and have a reputation for teaching quality.*

Once you graduate, even more opportunities start to open up. The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) – and is the equivalent of a three-year accredited psychology undergraduate degree –  so once you graduate you can apply for an APAC-accredited ‘fourth year’ of study that allows you to seek provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Your options include:

Following the completion of a ‘fourth year’ of study, you will then be eligible to apply for the following APAC-accredited courses that lead to general registration as a psychologist:

If you are not interested in becoming a registered psychologist, you will graduate from this course with a deep understanding of human behaviour that allows you to solve more complex issues and build better relationships in your current role. The skills you’ll be learning are incredibly valuable across all fields of work and in all walks of life.

For those looking to switch careers, your experiences throughout the course will prepare you for new challenges in a variety of areas including community welfare and case management, human resources, public health, mental health rehabilitation and social work.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science students must attain 10 credit points. All units in the course are core (these are compulsory) and must be completed. There are no elective units.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Psychology A: Fundamentals of Human Behaviour
  • Psychology B: Individual and Social Development
  • Psychology Research Methods (Introductory)
  • The Human Mind
  • Trimester 2

  • Child and Adolescent Development
  • Psychology Research Methods (Intermediate)
  • Personality
  • Psychopathology
  • Trimester 3

  • Brain, Biology and Behaviour
  • Human Social Behaviour
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science
    Year

    2021 course information

    Deakin code
    H603
    CRICOS code?
    099423C
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

    Mandatory student checks

    There are no mandatory student checks for this course

    Workload

    It is expected that students will spend approximately 150 hours per trimester, per credit point.

    Participation requirements

    To complete this course in one year, domestic students are required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Work experience

    Not applicable

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    To be eligible for admission into this new course, applicants will need to have:

    • a recognised Level 7 undergraduate degree qualification (from a discipline other than psychology).

    Recognition of prior learning

    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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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    To learn more about what the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science at Deakin has to offer, download our course flyer.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    The only means of entry into the course is when students have already successfully completed an undergraduate degree (Level 7) in a discipline other than psychology, from a recognised tertiary institution. Individual applications for specific Recognition of Prior Learning will be considered on an individual basis. Upon graduation, students are eligible to apply for further study in psychology, but they will not be able to articulate into higher-level psychology courses automatically.

    Contact information

    Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
    1800 693 888
    myfuture@deakin.edu.au

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    As it is the equivalent of a three-year accredited psychology undergraduate degree, this course a pathway to a fourth-year of study (e.g. Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)), which can then lead to an APAC-accredited master or doctoral-level course that enables general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

    Areas of practice endorsement in psychology include:

    • clinical psychology (available at Deakin)
    • clinical neuropsychology
    • organisational psychology (available at Deakin)
    • sport and exercise psychology
    • forensic psychology
    • counselling psychology
    • community psychology

    Working as a generalist psychologist might involve:

    • family therapy
    • rehabilitation counselling
    • psychological assessment

    Not looking to become a registered psychologist? You will still have a broad and exciting range of career opportunities to explore when you graduate from this course. Your deep understanding of psychological assessment methods combined with your client-centred approach to practice will equip you for roles in:

    • community welfare and case management
    • disability services
    • human resources
    • mental health rehabilitation
    • public health
    • youth support

    Professional recognition

    The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). This means that by completing this course you can:

    • apply for a fourth-year of study (e.g. honours equivalent) which will then enable you to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia for provisional registration as a psychologist once you meet their requirements
    • after completing your fourth-year of study, you can then apply for further study in an APAC-accredited master or doctoral level course that leads to general registration as a psychologist.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Achieve a deep conceptual understanding of the major ideas, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts including with diverse ethnic and cultural partners and within teams.

    Digital Literacy

    Be able to use digital technologies to source appropriate materials, conduct research and disseminate findings

    Critical thinking

    Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and metal processes. 

    Understand and apply and evaluate basic research methods in psychology including research design, data analysis and interpretation to solve real world problems

    Problem Solving

    Respect and use critical and creative thinking, sceptical inquiry and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behaviour and mental processes.

    Self-management

    Understand and appreciate the core values of psychology (i.e. value empirical evidence; tolerate ambiguity during the search for a greater understanding of behaviour and knowledge structures ;act ethically and professionally; understand the complexity of sociocultural and international diversity and reflect other values that are the underpinning of psychology as a discipline).

    Teamwork

    Demonstrate understanding and sufficient responsibility for working in a team, including effective communication for task planning, co-ordination, decision-making and evaluation within the team situation.

    Global Citizenship

    Demonstrate, report and apply ethical principles to understand how to work productively in the field of psychology within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts by collaborating and communicating in a self-reflective and culturally sensitive manner.

     

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    ^^ Australian Graduate Survey 2010–2015, Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016–2019 (GOS), Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)