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.
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.
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.
Graduates may seek registration as a psychologist with probationary conditions with the Psychologists Board of Australia.
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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Required courses (6) 96 units
PSY400 Advanced Statistics in Psychology
PSY401 Advanced Theoretical Issues in Psychology
PSY402 Professional Practice of Psychology
PSY403 Ethical and Professional Issues In Psychology
PSY406 Group Research Project in Psychology A (0 units)
PSY407 Group Research Project in Psychology B (48 units)
Note: Program structures are subject to change. Not all USC courses are available on every USC campus.
Total units: 96
Recommended study sequence
This recommended study sequence ONLY represents the CURRENT program structure. Students in previous structures should use this sequence to inform order of courses and current course details. For courses in your commencing structure not included in the current sequence, search the course code for current course offerings and requisites.
In order to graduate you must:
- Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
- 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
- It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm that you meet the general postgraduate admission requirements and English Language Proficiency requirements
- Download and complete the Application for Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology)(Honours) and Graduate Diploma in Psychology programs and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
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- Search for answers, ask questions or contact Student Central.
International students should contact USC International
How to enrol
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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 the correct courses (subjects).
Before you enrol it's important to check your commencing program structure and the published recommended study sequence to make sure you study the right courses at the right time and will be ready to graduate from your degree when you plan to.
To better understand your program structure and for instructions on how to review your progress and plan your remaining courses, visit the Managing your progression page.
Visit How do I enrol? for enrolment instructions and key dates.
View step-by-step instructions to enrol at How do I enrol?
Refer to the Academic Calendar for key dates, including the last day to add, drop or swap a course or class and Census dates.
Search for answers and ask questions about enrolling or contact Student Central.