Course

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipPsySt


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1630.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 056926B


Course Status: CONTINUING
This version of the course is available only to continuing or completing students.


For all enquiries, students should contact the Course Advisor for the Bankstown campus - Dr Helen Correia.

Psychology is the field of inquiry that uses scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain behaviour and experience. As a profession, it involves the application of psychological knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour. Units in the program are drawn from the following topic areas of psychology: history of psychology, biological psychology, learning, social psychology, lifespan development, sensation and perception, individual differences, personality and cognitive processes.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies is accredited by the Australian Psychologists Accreditation Council (APAC) and the Psychology Board of Australia as an undergraduate three year sequence in Psychology. The Graduate Diploma in Psychological Studies prepares graduates for an accredited fourth year in Psychology; it does not comprise such a fourth year.

Study Mode
One and a half years full-time or three years part-time.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternalKaren Mattock
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternalDavid Arness

Advanced standing

All applicants will have the equivalent of a three year Bachelor's degree in the AQF framework and for specified credit for any psychology units. Advanced standing will only be given for psychology units from APAC accredited awards under the university's specified credit rules. The maximum specified credit for the award will be 80 credit points. At least 50% (60 credit points) of the required credit points for the award must be achieved through formal study at UWS.

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an undergraduate three year sequence in Psychology.

Admission

Applications from Australian and NZ citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website (UAC).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.

The Head of Program will assesses prior psychology-related studies and then specify a program of variable length for the award.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Full-time

Bankstown Campus

Year 1

Autumn session

101184.3Psychology: Human Behaviour
100013.3Experimental Design and Analysis
100020.1Social and Developmental Psychology

And one psychology pool unit

Spring session

101183.3Psychology: Behavioural Science
100018.1Personality, Motivation and Emotion
100022.1Biological Psychology and Perceptual Processes

And one psychology pool unit

Year 2

Autumn session

100016.4Human Learning and Cognition
100015.6History and Philosophy of Psychology
100004.2Abnormal Behaviour and Psychological Testing
100006.1Advanced Survey Design and Analysis

Penrith Campus

Year 1

Autumn session

101183.3Psychology: Behavioural Science
100018.1Personality, Motivation and Emotion
100022.1Biological Psychology and Perceptual Processes

And one psychology pool unit

Spring session

101184.3Psychology: Human Behaviour
100013.3Experimental Design and Analysis
100020.1Social and Developmental Psychology

And one psychology pool unit

Year 2

Autumn session

100004.2Abnormal Behaviour and Psychological Testing
100006.1Advanced Survey Design and Analysis
100016.4Human Learning and Cognition
100015.6History and Philosophy of Psychology

Students may choose units from alternate campuses, but should maintain the integrity of the recommended sequence.

For more information please contact the course advisor.

Psychology Pool Units

100007.4Applied Cognition and Human Performance
100800.2Consumer Psychology
100010.2Depth Psychology
101185.1Developmental Psychology 0-18 years
101193.4Health Psychology
100931.3Neuroscience
101191.1Organisational Psychology
100539.2Psychology Across Cultures
100023.6Psychology of Language
101186.1Psychology of Learning Environments
101192.2Psychology of Religion
100932.2Social Processes and Behaviour
100021.2The Psychology of Superstitious Belief and Paranormal Experiences


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