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Graduate Diploma in Psychology

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Overview

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.

Subject areas

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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What you'll study

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.

Sample course progression

Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
Brain and Behaviour Psychology Cognition, Intelligence and Perception
Statistics and Research Methods for Psychology Personality and Social Psychology
Advanced Statistics for Psychology (honours prerequisite)  
Year 2
Learning and Behaviour Introduction to Clinical Psychology*
Abnormal Psychology Health Psychology*
Social Psychology  

* Scheduling for these units is still being finalised, so they may be available in Semester 1 or 2.

Units of Study

Admission requirement

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 (e.g. academic transcript and unit/subject descriptions unit of study outlines) 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 the University of Sydney 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.

Pathway to Psychology Honours
On successful completion of the GDP, graduates may be eligible to apply for entry to a fourth year of honours study in psychology. Psychology Honours is currently offered through:

Interested applicants should refer to the specific entry requirements for each of the courses above.

For example, to qualify for admission to the Bachelor of Science (Honours), you must:

  1. have completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution;
  2. have completed a relevant major relating to the intended Honours discipline;
  3. have achieved a Science Weighted Average Mark (SCIWAM) of at least 65.00 or have a credit average (65.00) in 48 credit points of relevant 2000-level and 3000-level units of study; and
  4. satisfy any additional criteria set by the School of Psychology.

Completion of the GDP alone cannot be taken to satisfy the first requirement on the above list, i.e. the requirement of a completed Bachelor of Science degree. The GDP is not equivalent to a Bachelor of Science. You will still need a completed Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) degree.

In order to gain admission to Bachelor of Science (Honours), you would need to rely upon (i) a completed Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) to satisfy the degree requirement and (ii) a completed GDP to satisfy the major requirement.

[Note: Applicants who originally completed a Bachelor of Arts followed by GDP are suggested to apply for Bachelor of Arts (Honours) instead of Bachelor of Science (Honours). Similarly, applicants who originally completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences followed by GDP are suggested to apply for Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) instead.]

Please also note the University's Coursework Rule requires Bachelor of Science (Honours) students to complete their Honours program within 10 years of the commencement of their original qualifying Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent). The same would apply such that Bachelor of Arts (Honours) students must complete their Honours program within 10 years of the commencement of their original qualifying Bachelor of Arts degree (or equivalent). As such, if your original Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) was completed more than 10 years ago or close to 10 years ago, you may be ineligible for admission. This includes applicants who have recently completed the GDP.

Applicants whose original Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) was completed more than 10 years ago or close to 10 years ago are strongly recommended to seek advice from the Admissions Office prior to submitting an application for Bachelor of Science (Honours). The Admissions Office will consult and confer with the relevant contacts in the Faculty of Science and the School of Psychology as appropriate.

Please be assured that applicants whose original Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) was completed more than 10 years ago or close to 10 years ago may be allowed admission to Bachelor of Science (Honours) on the basis of eligibility for reduced volume of learning. This will depend on the applicant maintaining relevant discipline expertise through prior qualifications (e.g. recent completion of GDP) or professional experience deemed to provide comparable preparation for Honours study. This is an individual case-by-case assessment by both the School of Psychology and the Faculty of Science. Please seek further advice from the Admissions Office.

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.

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 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 increase


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.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 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, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. 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. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. 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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