Course information for - 2021 entry

Offered at 2 locations

Study mode
Attendance
Duration
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Fees (first year)*
$ Fee-Paying
Start dates
Semester 1 - Not on offer , Semester 2 - Not on offer

Overview

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The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is for students who have previously completed an accredited three-year sequence in psychology. It offers advanced level study in a selection of specialised areas in psychology.

The course provides graduates with an approved Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) fourth year of training in psychology.

In addition to covering professional issues and ethics, assessment and intervention, and research projects into human behaviour, this graduate diploma also offers electives in advanced topics in psychology.

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Professional experience

Professional recognition

This course is currently accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Please note that a minimum six-year sequence of education and training in psychology is required for an individual to become eligible for general registration as a psychologist in Australia.

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Careers

Our graduates have pursued careers in:

  • community work
  • counselling
  • further studies in psychology
  • human Services
  • market research
  • welfare

Course details

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a student must complete 80 credit points (cp).

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AQF framework

Graduate Diploma - AQF Level 8

Entry requirements

An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.

To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed, within the last five years, a Bachelor degree including:

  1. an accredited three year sequence in psychology;
  2. with a GPA of at least 5.0 on the ACU seven point scale; and;
  3. credit level or above in a total of four second or third year Psychology units.

Disclamer :The Course entry requirements above are for 2021 Admission.

English language requirements

Applicants require an academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 (with a minimum score of 7.0 in all bands), or an equivalent acceptable test score as outlined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy (Schedule 3).

Inherent requirement

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.

Learn more about inherent requirements for your course and how they affect you

Pathways

Further study

Students who complete a Graduate Diploma in Psychology may be eligible to apply for the Master of Professional Psychology, the Master of Psychology (Clinical) or the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) offered at ACU, or a range of other postgraduate courses in psychology.


Fees

Course costs

Average first year fee*

$ Fee-Paying

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester; 
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and 
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

A 10% rebate on fees will be offered to domestic ACU graduates (from any faculty) enrolling in full fee-paying postgraduate studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Conditions apply.

Payment options

You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support. 

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Scholarships

You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.  

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How to apply

Deferment

No deferment available.

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