Graduate Diploma of Psychology
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Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Upon completion of the course, the graduate will have a Psychology major, accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, equivalent to that available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies), Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science, Bachelor of Health Science or the Bachelor of Medical Science. They will have studied all basic areas of experimental psychology, abnormal psychology, statistical methods in psychology, and a range of optional topics. If they have PSYC3010 as part of their senior units, they will be eligible to apply to continue to a fourth year in Psychology (Honours) and from there to a higher degree in psychology.
Eligibility for admission
Applicants holding relevant degrees
The Faculty of Science may admit to candidature applicants who hold the award course of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies), Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science, Bachelor of Health Science or the Bachelor of Medical Science from the University of Sydney, or equivalent degree as deemed by the faculty, who have not previously completed a major in Psychology. Applicants must have already successfully completed 12 credit points of junior Psychology units of study (currently PSYC1001 and PSYC1002) or equivalent within the last 10 years. When assessing an applicant, both undergraduate record and ATAR (or equivalent) may be taken into account.
Method of progression
Students are required to study 48 credit points of intermediate and senior Psychology units of study. This shall consist of 24 credit points of intermediate Psychology units of study (PSYC2011/2911, PSYC2012, PSYC2013 and PSYC2014) and 24 credit points of senior Psychology units of study (including PSYC3018). PSYC3010 is required for Psychology (Honours) entry. Students must complete the necessary qualifying units of study for entry into later units of study. Normally, progression will be over a minimum of three semesters. Students may study additional senior Psychology units of study with the permission of the Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Science.
Study in Psychology beyond the Graduate Diploma
Students may apply for a place in fourth year Psychology (Honours). Successful completion of HPSC3023 History and Philosophy of Psychology and Psychiatry is essential for students intending to take the theoretical thesis option in Psychology (Honours).
Exemptions and Advanced Standing
Students may apply for exemptions if they have already completed studies which the faculty deems equivalent to those in the program. Such units of study must have been completed within the previous 10 years. The number of exemptions allowed will not exceed Faculty of Science regulations or will not exceed 24 credit points, whichever is the lower.