Graduate Diploma in Psychology

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP) enables graduates from other disciplines to complete a major in psychology and provides a means of accessing postgraduate study in psychology. The GDP meets accreditation requirements of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) for an undergraduate sequence in psychology. It may lead to a fourth year of study (honours or honours equivalent) in psychology.

Units of study

Further course information

Study plan

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Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study up to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

If you plan to use your study of psychology to become professionally qualified, the Graduate Diploma in Psychology fully meets accreditation requirements of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an undergraduate major sequence of study in psychology. The GDP provides a pathway to a fourth year of study in psychology and for meeting the requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia.

Full registration as a professional psychologist in Australia is overseen by the Psychology Board of Australia and also requires a fifth and sixth year of graduate study in professional psychology; or one year of graduate study in professional psychology plus one year of a Board approved internship; or two years of a Board approved internship.

Further study

If you plan to use your study of psychology to become professionally qualified, the GDP fully meets accreditation requirements of APAC as an undergraduate sequence in psychology. Currently in Australia, full registration as a professional psychologist requires four years of study in psychology and an additional two years of postgraduate study or two years of approved internship or one year of postgraduate study followed by a one year approved internship.

After successfully completing the GDP, you may apply for further study in psychology at the University of Sydney. You may undertake a fourth year of psychology by completing an honours year, followed by:

-Master of Clinical Psychology (MCP)
-Master of Clinical Psychology/Doctor of Philosophy (MCP/PhD).

There are other opportunities in psychology research via a PhD or other postgraduate courses, for example in coaching psychology (after work experience).

For more information about higher program studies in psychology at the University of Sydney visit the school’s website.

Admission

Admission requirements

Please note this course is not available to international students.

For admission to this course you must hold an appropriate undergraduate degree and have successfully completed Psychology 1001 and Psychology 1002 or equivalent introductory psychology units within the past 10 years.

You are required to submit evidence (eg. academic transcript and unit/subject descriptions) of completion of Psychology 1001 and 1002 or equivalent with your application. You can complete PSYC1001 and PSYC1002 at Sydney as a non-degree student either in the regular semester or in Summer School.

Please note that you must submit a separate non-degree application to apply for Psychology 1001 and 1002.
Information about non-degree study and how to apply.

Credit for previous study
You can apply for up to 24 credit points of credit if you have already completed studies that the faculty deems equivalent to those in the GDP. You must have completed these units of study within an APAC accredited degree program within the previous 10 years. Equivalent study at an international university may be acceptable. If you are seeking credit, you should complete the relevant application for credit form available from the Faculty of Science.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Please note that you are required to submit evidence (eg. academic transcript and unit/subject descriptions) of completion of Psychology 1001 and 1002 or equivalent with your application. You will need to scan, upload and attach your supporting documentation to your online application. You will be able to save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

International students

How to apply

This course is not available to international students. Admission requirements apply only to domestic students.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Annual review

Annual review not available for Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in Psychology.