Graduate Diploma in Psychology
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
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For graduates brand new to psychology, the Graduate Diploma in Psychology opens the doors to the discipline. Whether you want to gain registration as a practising professional or continue on to higher studies beyond, this postgraduate course will get you started on the path to becoming a psychologist.
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP) is open to anybody holding a Bachelor’s degree. Even if you have never studied psychology, the GDP lets you complete an undergraduate major in Psychology, which then opens to doors to many other paths in the discipline.
The GDP has been fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and so you can follow it up with a fourth year of study (Honours). After the fourth year, you have what it takes to get provisional registration as a professional psychologist in Australia. Or, you can access a range of higher degrees like the Master of Clinical Psychology; or Master of Clinical Psychology & PhD.
Further course information
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
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.
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.
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
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.
How to apply
This course is not available to international students. Admission requirements apply only to domestic students.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, 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 2015 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.