Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP)

What is the Graduate Diploma in Psychology?

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP) enables graduates to complete a major in Psychology. It is also a means of accessing postgraduate study in Psychology. The GDP has been fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). On successful completion of the GDP, graduates will be eligible to apply for entry to a fourth year of study in Psychology.

Who is eligible to apply for the GDP?

Applicants for the GDP must hold one of the following: a Bachelor of Science, Arts, Liberal Studies or Economics (Social Sciences) degree from the University of Sydney or another degree deemed equivalent by the Faculty of Science.

Applicants must not previously have completed a major in Psychology.

Applicants must have already successfully completed 12 credit points of Junior Psychology (currently PSYC 1001 and 1002) or equivalent within the last 10 years. These units must be part of a sequence of study that is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)

Intending applicants who have not already done so may study PSYC1001 and 1002 as non-degree students before applying for the GDP. Information about the non-degree programs in psychology.

Either one of these units of study (1001 or 1002) may be completed in Summer School. Only if the applicant is of exceptional academic ability may permission be granted for both units to be completed in Summer School. Permission can only be obtained from the Head of the School of Psychology and is rarely given. When assessing your application, both your undergraduate record and ATAR (or equivalent) will be taken into account. Please see the Psychology Future Students Summer School page for more information


What will you study in the GDP?

The GDP consists of Year 2 and Year 3 units of study identical to those completed by undergraduate students studying for a major in Psychology. Award of the GDP requires the successful completion of a minimum of 48 credit points.

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY - POSSIBLE STUDY PLAN
Semester 1 Year 1 PSYC 2011 Brain and Behaviour *
    PSYC 2012 Statistics and Research Methods for Psychology *
Semester 2 Year 1 PSYC 2013 Cognitive and Social Psychology *
    PSYC 2014 Personality and Intelligence I *
       
Semester 1 Year 2 PSYC3018 Abnormal Psychology *
    Plus one of the following:
    HPSC 3023 History and Philosophy of Psychology & Psychiatry **
    PSYC 3011 Learning and Behaviour
    PSYC 3012 Cognition, Language and Thought
    PSYC 3015 Personality and Intelligence II
    PSYC 3017 Social Psychology
       
Semester 2 Year 2 Any 2 of the following:
    PSYC 3010 Advanced Statistics for Psychology ***
    PSYC 3013 Perceptual Systems
    PSYC 3014 Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSYC 3016 Developmental Psychology
    PSYC 3020 Applications of Psychological Science


* Compulsory units.

** This (HPSC3023) is available for Senior psychology students and will count towards a major in Psychology. Successful completion of this unit of study is essential for students intending to take the Theoretical Thesis option in Psychology Honours.

*** Successful completion of this unit of study (PSYC3010) is essential for students intending to apply for 4th year Psychology Honours.

GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOLOGY - ALTERNATIVE STUDY PLAN
Semester 2 Year 1 PSYC 2013 Cognitive and Social Psychology *
    PSYC 2014 Personality and Intelligence I *
Semester 1 Year 2 PSYC 2011 Brain and Behaviour *
    PSYC 2012 Statistics and Research Methods for Psychology *
    PSYC 3018  Abnormal Psychology *
    Plus one of the following:
    HPSC 3023 History and Philosophy of Psychology & Psychiatry **
    PSYC 3011 Laerning and Behaviour
    PSYC 3012 Cognition, Language and Thought
    PSYC 3015 Personality and Intelligence II
    PSYC 3017 Social Psychology
       
Semester 2 Year 2 Any 2 of the following:
    PSYC 3010 Advanced Statistics for Psychology ***
    PSYC 3013 Perceptual Systems
    PSYC 3014 Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSYC 3016 Developmental Psychology
    PSYC 3020 Applications of Psychological Science


* Compulsory units.

** This (HPSC3023) is available for Senior psychology students and will count towards a major in Psychology. Successful completion of this unit of study is essential for students intending to take the Theoretical Thesis option in Psychology Honours.

*** Successful completion of this unit of study (PSYC3010) is essential for students intending to apply for 4th year Psychology Honours.

The second study plan allows for entry into the GDP half-way through the academic year (July) and completion in three semesters.

Please note:

While classes for some units of study are available in the early evening, classes for most units of study are offered only during the day. Therefore, it is not possible to complete the GDP if you cannot attend a substantial number of classes during the day.

For more information on the content of the various units of study, please consult the Faculty of Science handbook at:
http://www.usyd.edu.au/handbooks/science/00_introduction.shtml


Exemptions

You can apply for exemptions for up to 24 credit points if you have already completed studies which the Faculty deems equivalent to those in the GDP. You must have completed these units of study within the previous ten years and within an APAC accredited degree program. Equivalent study at an overseas university may be acceptable.

If you are seeking an exemption, you should complete the relevant ‘Application for Exemption’ form (on the Faculty of Science web page). If you completed these studies in Psychology somewhere other than at the School of Psychology, University of Sydney, full details of each unit of study should be supplied, including the syllabus, number of class hours and an original transcript of results.

Fees

Up-front fees apply. Please visit the Faculty of Science web page for information about Fees & Financial Information:
http://www.science.usyd.edu.au/fstudent/postgrad/fees.shtml

Recognition from the University

You will receive an official transcript from the University confirming that you have completed the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.


Further study in Psychology

After you successfully complete the GDP, you may then apply for further study in Psychology at the University of Sydney. You may apply to do Psychology 4 (Honours) if you receive an average grade of credit or better in Years 2 and 3. However, quota restrictions apply and an average grade above credit may be necessary for admission.

Only March semester entry is possible.

Higher degree studies

After successful completion of Psychology 4, you are eligible to apply for entry into the following higher degree studies at the University of Sydney:
Clinical Doctorate, (by coursework and research)
Masters of Science (MSc) by research or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by research

Professional recognition

Registration as a professional psychologist in Australia is overseen by the Psychology Board of Australia. Provisional registration as a professional psychologist requires the completion of an APAC approved 4 year psychology program (such as the GDP plus honours). Full registration as a professional psychologist also requires an APAC approved fifth and sixth year of graduate study in professional psychology; or one year of APAC approved graduate study in professional psychology plus one year of a Board approved internship; or two years of a Board approved internship. At Sydney, you can gain full registration by completing the Doctor of Clinical Psychology / Master of Science

Full membership of the Australian Psychological Society requires an Honours or Honours equivalent fourth year, followed by a fifth and sixth year of postgraduate study.

Further information about membership of the Australian Psychological Society may be obtained from their web site: http://www.psychology.org.au/

How do I apply for the GDP?

Applications must be submitted online. Follow the link below, read the information under "How to apply", then click the blue "Apply Now" button:

http://sydney.edu.au/courses/programs/psychology-pg/Graduate-Diploma-in-Psychology

On-time applications for Semester 1 (March commencement) close on 31 October, or the nearest working day prior to the deadline. On-time applications for Semester 2 (July commencement) close on 30 June, or the nearest working day prior to the deadline.



For general and administrative matters concerning the GDP, contact the School of Psychology: +61 2 9351 2872.