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:
- have completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution;
- have completed a relevant major relating to the intended Honours discipline;
- 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
- 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.