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Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipPsy


Western Sydney University Course Code: 1796.4

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 028481C


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is 2022 or later.

For Commencement date Year 2018 to 2021 - please refer to 1796.3 Graduate Diploma in Psychology

For Commencement Year 2017 - please refer to 1796.2 Graduate Diploma in Psychology

For Commencement Year 2015 and 2016 - please refer to 1796.1 Graduate Diploma in Psychology

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is an accredited fourth year program for students who have completed an accredited three-year sequence of Psychology at an institution other than Western Sydney University in the past 10 years. This program is equivalent to the WSU Honours year in Psychology.

This program is designed for those seeking to; pursue training pathways that lead to registration as a psychologist; and progression into Higher Degree Research.

This one-year, 80 credit point, fee-paying program includes a 30 credit point research thesis and 50 credit points of coursework.

Study Mode
One year full-time or two years part-time.

Course Advice

NameEmail
Course AdvisorPsychology-Year4-ACA@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Bankstown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Bankstown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Penrith CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Accreditation
This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an accredited fourth year of study in Psychology. This course has been submitted for re-accreditation for five years from 2022.

Admission

Entry into the School’s Graduate Diploma in Psychology is limited to students who have completed an approved accredited three-year undergraduate sequence in psychology in the last 10 years at an institution other than Western Sydney University. In addition, students must have obtained an average mark of 70+ in psychology units equivalent to Level 2 and 3.

Entry into the Graduate Diploma in Psychology is restricted by supervisory capacity. Limited places are available in this course and meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee entry. Applicants with irregular studies will be required to provide relevant documentation to evidence completion of an accredited three-year psychology sequence

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) at the following link:

http://www.uac.edu.au

Please see the UAC website for further information. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Additional requirements for Domestic applicants with international qualifications:

  • International qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and deemed equivalent to an Australian 3 year accredited sequence in psychology;
  • Applicants who have undertaken studies in other countries may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Details of the minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the Universities Admissions Centre website.See also the additional English proficiency requirements for this course, as listed at the end of these admission requirements.

International Applicants

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

Places will be offered to qualified applicants based on academic merit according to the following admission criteria.

  • International qualifications must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and deemed equivalent to an Australian 3 year accredited sequence in psychology;
  • International qualifications will be assessed by the International Office at Western Sydney University;
  • Details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof can be found on the international office website.

International Office

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 80 credit points including

  • a 20 credit point research methods unit,
  • a 30 credit point thesis, and
  • three 10 credit point units.

Recommended Sequence

Please note: Students must enrol in 102528 Psychology Research Thesis and 100983 Research Methods Seminar in both Autumn and Spring sessions in order to receive final grades and credit points.

Full-time

Year 1

Autumn Session

102907Advanced Topics in Contemporary Psychology
101247Counselling and Consultation
100983Research Methods Seminar
102528Psychology Research Thesis

Spring Session

101420Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention
100983Research Methods Seminar
102528Psychology Research Thesis

Part-time

Year 1

Autumn Session

101247Counselling and Consultation
100983Research Methods Seminar

Spring Session

101420Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention
100983Research Methods Seminar

Year 2

Autumn Session

102907Advanced Topics in Contemporary Psychology
102528Psychology Research Thesis

Spring session

102528Psychology Research Thesis


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