Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipPsy

Western Sydney University Course Code: 1796.1

AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 028481C

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 2015 -2016.

Commencement Year 2013 and 2014 - 1502.5 Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a fourth year of undergraduate study in psychology designed for those seeking entry into the profession as a provisional psychologist. For students who meet the entry standard it is an alternative method to honours of gaining an accredited fourth year of undergraduate study in psychology. Offered on Bankstown campus, the award comprises a unit in psychological assessment and intervention (10 credit points), Counselling and Consultation (10 credit points) and Advanced Topics in Psychology, a research methods unit (yearlong – 20 credit points), and a major research project (yearlong – 30 credit points).

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

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an accredited fourth year of study in Psychology. Graduates of this award will be eligible for Provisional registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).


Previous successful completion within the last 10 years, of an APAC accredited three year sequence in psychology, with a minimum of a Credit average in second and third year units, including a credit in the majority of the psychology units.

Limited places are available in this course and meeting the admission criteria does not guarantee entry.

No deferrals will be accepted for this course.

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

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

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

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

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

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


Year 1

1H session

100983Research Methods Seminar
100488Empirical Research Project

Autumn Session

101541Advanced Topics in Psychology
101247Counselling and Consultation

2H session

100983Research Methods Seminar
100488Empirical Research Project

Spring session

101420Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention

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