Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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

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 the doors to many other paths in the discipline.

The GDP has been fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and is recognised as the equivalent of a three-year major in psychology, so you can apply to do a fourth year in Psychology (Honours) after undertaking the required units of study.

After the Honours year, you have what it takes to get provisional registration as a professional psychologist in Australia, and you can choose to access a range of higher degrees like the Master of Clinical Psychology; or Master of Clinical Psychology & PhD.

Course outline

Further course information

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:
(a) You must hold a Bachelor degree from any discipline;
(b) You must not have previously completed a major in Psychology; and
(c) You must have successfully completed Psychology 1001 (PSYC1001) and Psychology 1002 (PSYC1002) or equivalent introductory psychology units within the last 10 years.

You are required to submit evidence (eg. academic transcript and unit/subject descriptions) of successful completion of Psychology 1001 and 1002 or equivalent with your application.

If you have not yet completed Psychology 1001 or 1002, you can apply to undertake these units through Science Undergraduate Non-Degree Study at this University in the regular semester or in Summer School.

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

A very limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) may be available to domestic applicants for this course from year to year. For S1, 2017 commencements, all domestic applicants who apply by 31 January 2017 and are successful for admission into this course are automatically ranked and assessed for CSP by the Faculty of Science on the basis of academic merit. No additional application to the Faculty is required. Only top-ranked applicants will be granted CSP, subject to yearly availability. Late applicants will not be considered for CSP.

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 Handbooks Online 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.

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.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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