Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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Program summary

The next step in your journey to become a practising psychologist.

This is a high value program that provides a lot of practical training in conducting psychological assessments and advances your knowledge of theory and method.

You learn evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention and develop skills in clinical history taking. The program helps you develop skills at interviewing and listening, scoring and interpreting psychological tests, and in professional report writing.

You are introduced to the ethical standards expected of a psychologist and the legal framework governing professional practice. At the end of this program, you can apply for registration as a psychologist, with probationary conditions.

Please visit Study in Psychology for more information.

Career opportunities

You can either seek to work as a psychologist whilst pursuing further postgraduate studies, or make use of the numerous valuable graduate attributes and skills developed during your study of psychology in any number of occupational areas. This program can lead to working in health and education services, science, and many types of research.

Admission requirements

Entry to the Graduate Diploma in Psychology will normally require:

  • Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three-year undergraduate degree in psychology (or equivalent) within the last 10 years.
  • Applicants will be required to have achieved a minimum Credit average in all second and third year courses. This will be based on the student's best attempt at all required undergraduate courses.
Professional membership

Graduates may seek registration as a psychologist with probationary conditions with the Psychologists Board of Australia.

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Accreditation

The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) has accredited the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Application and admission advice

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What will I study

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Recommended study sequence

Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.

Program requirements

In order to graduate you must:

  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • This program consists of two major required components, as follows:
    • 50 percent coursework (4 courses) 48 units
    • 50 percent research project and thesis (2 courses) 48 units

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology programs and submit directly to USC.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

More information

International students should contact USC International

How to enrol

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester enrolment dates.

Current students

Refer to the Academic Calendar for key semester/session/trimester dates.

Enrolling is a 2 step process:

Step 1 - Enrol in your courses

You can enrol in courses for Study period 2 now. This gives you the opportunity to plan your study well in advance.

Note: If you enrol in a course but don't select a class time (step 2), you'll be charged the fee for the course at census date. You can swap, drop or add courses up until the end of week 2, and remove courses from your enrolment up until census date. View key dates in the academic calendars.

View the instructions to complete Step 1 in the video below or the Enrol in your courses PDF guide.

Step 2 - Select your class times 

Check the Academic calendar for the timetable release date for each study period. When the timetable has been released you can use the Timetable Planner* to plan your class times.

All students (excluding Headstart, Cross institutional and Visiting students)

Once Class selection opens*, select your class times in USC Central by following the instructions in the video below or the Select your class times PDF guide.

Tip: Select your classes as soon as Class selection opens as classes can fill quickly.

* We will be in contact with you to let you know when the Timetable Planner is available and Class selection opens.

How to enrol once class selection has opened

If class selection is open and you are yet to enrol in your courses, you can enrol in your courses and select your class times in one step.

Check the Academic Calendar for Class selection open date to confirm.

View the instructions in the video below or the How to enrol when class selection has opened PDF Guide (565KB).

Headstart, Cross-institutional and Visiting students

Complete and submit a Class preference form to select your class times.

New students 

Domestic students: Once you have applied and received your offer of a place from USC, follow the steps for Getting Started at USC to respond to your offer, plan your study and enrol in your courses.

International students should view the Getting Started Guide for International students for enrolment steps.

Plan your study

Before you re-enrol it's important to plan your study to make sure you study the right courses at the right time so you can finish your degree when you plan to.

Follow the Planning your study instructions to plan your courses for the upcoming semesters/trimesters/sessions. You can vary your study load between full-time (3-4 courses) or part-time (1-2 courses) in each study period. If you need some assistance, contact Student Central.

Confirm your enrolment

View your class timetable in USC Central to confirm you are enrolled in the courses you selected. Close to the beginning of the semester/trimester/session, your course details can be found in My Courses in Blackboard.

To prove your enrolment to Centrelink, print an unofficial transcript from USC Central. Refer to the steps at View your Unofficial Transcript in the USC Central Guide.

Once you are enrolled, learn how to manage your enrolment.

More information

Search for answers and ask questions via askUSC, or contact Student Central.

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