Graduate Diploma of Psychology

 

Graduate Diploma in Psychology


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Course resolutions

1 Course codes

Code

Course title

GNPSYCHO-01

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is part-time only but full-time enrolment may be permitted after the first semester of candidature.

3 Admission to candidature

(1)
With approval from the Dean, available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit according to the following admissions criteria:
(2)
Admission to the course requires:
(a)
a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economic & Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, or Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification, provided the applicant has not previously completed a major in Psychology; and
(b)
completion of 12 credit points of junior units of study in Psychology or equivalent within the last ten years.

4 Requirements for award

(1)
The units of study that may be taken for these awards are set out in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology table.
(2)
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology a candidate must complete 48 credit points, including:
(a)
24 credit points of intermediate units of study in Psychology; and
(b)
24 credit points of senior units of study in Psychology which must include PSYC3018.

5 Credit for previous study

Credit for up to 24 credit points may be granted for units of study deemed to be equivalent to units in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology offered by the Faculty of Science.

6 Transitional provisions

(1)
These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2014 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2014 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2)
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2014 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2019, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.

Course outcomes

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.