Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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Graduate Diploma in Psychology


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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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

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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

New to USC?

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

Continuing students

Before you enrol, visit Planning your study 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.

Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.

More information

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

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