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Graduate Diploma of Psychology

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CSU's Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for graduates in fields other than psychology who wish to obtain an accredited, undergraduate psychology major.

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is designed for graduates in fields other than psychology who wish to pursue a career in psychology, giving them the opportunity to obtain the necessary accredited, undergraduate psychology major over two or three years of part-time study, usually by distance education.

    The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is not a fourth year in Psychology and does not enable registration as a psychologist.

    As the Graduate Diploma of Psychology is available by distance education, it meets the needs of geographically isolated students, as well as those in full-time employment seeking a career change while remaining in their present occupation. It specifically enables school teachers seeking the necessary psychology major to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology in order to train as school counsellors. It also enables students with an outdated psychology major to update their qualifications.

    Distance education students will receive comprehensive study material and will have access to teaching staff by telephone and email.

    Graduates who successfully complete this eight subject Graduate Diploma are eligible to apply for postgraduate courses offering a fourth year in psychology. Two courses on offer at Charles Sturt University are the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology and the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours), both of which are accredited as fourth year psychology courses by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

    It should be noted that completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology does not guarantee admission to either of these courses.

    Session 3 subjects

    A number of subjects are offered in Session 3 each year (November - February): PSY101, PSY102, PSY201, one other Level 2 subject and one Level 3 subject. Please note that only students who are residing in Australia during Session 3 are eligible to enrol in Session 3 subjects.

    The Graduate Diploma of Psychology course aims to both provide graduates with the academic requirements for entry into a fourth year programme and subsequent registration as a Psychologist (the “professional aim”) and an understanding of the basis of human behaviour (the “disciplinary” aim). Specifically, these aims include providing students with a number of highly advanced analytic and professional service-directed skills that will have relevance to a broad range of employment areas including research. Further, this course aims to provide graduates of a cognate discipline with an advanced level of knowledge and skills in psychology required for further professional study.

    Professional recognition

    The Graduate Diploma of Psychology has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a three year sequence of study in psychology.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology will be required to complete eight psychology subjects, each worth eight points. [The core first year psychology subjects from the Bachelor of Psychology (or their equivalents) are prerequisites for entry into this course]. 

    Compulsory Subjects
    PSY451 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY454 Psychological Testing
    PSY458 Biopsychology
    PSY461 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    PSY465 Psychology of Personality
    PSY469 Qualitative Research Methods*

    Restricted Electives
    One of:
    PSY452 Developmental Psychology
    PSY453 Social Psychology
    Plus one of:
    PSY464 Psychopathology
    PSY467 Cognition
    PSY468 Psychology of Learning

    * There is a compulsory residential school (Bathurst Campus) associated with this subject.

    Key Subjects
    PSY451 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY454 Psychological Testing
    PSY461 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY469 Qualitative Research Methods

    Enrolment pattern

    February Intake

    Year 1
    Session 1

    PSY451 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY454 Psychological Testing
    Session 2
    PSY453 Social Psychology
    PSY458 Biopsychology

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY461 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    PSY465 Psychology of Personality
    Session 2
    PSY469 Qualitative Research Methods*
    and one of:
    PSY464 Psychopathology
    PSY467 Cognition

    Mid-Year Intake

    Year 1
    Session 2

    PSY453 Social Psychology
    PSY458 Biopsychology

    Year 2
    Session 1

    PSY451 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY454 Psychological Testing
    Session 2
    PSY469 Qualitative Research Methods*
    and one of:
    PSY464 Psychopathology
    PSY467 Cognition

    Year 3
    Session 1

    PSY461 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology*
    PSY465 Psychology of Personality

    * There is a compulsory residential school (Bathurst Campus) associated with this subject.

    Flexible Enrolment Pattern

    Students may plan their own enrolment pattern using the schedule of subject availability below, subject to satisfying course requirements and subject prerequisites/assumed knowledge requirements.

    Session 1
    PSY451 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY452 Developmental Psychology
    PSY454 Psychological Testing
    PSY461 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology *
    PSY465 Psychology of Personality
    PSY468 Psychology of Learning

    Session 2
    PSY453 Social Psychology
    PSY458 Biopsychology
    PSY464 Psychopathology
    PSY467 Cognition
    PSY469 Qualitative Research Methods*

    Session 3
    PSY451 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY452 Developmental Psychology
    PSY465 Psychology of Personality
    PSY467 Cognition

    * There is a compulsory residential school (Bathurst Campus) associated with this subject.

  • Residential schools
    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PSY461 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
    PSY469 Qualitative Research Methods

  • Admission information

    Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree from an appropriate tertiary institution and must have completed subjects PSY101 and PSY102 or their equivalents.

    These subjects are available through Single Subject Study at Charles Sturt University and both may be offered in Session 3.

    There are three intakes to this course during the year. Students can choose to commence in Session 1, Session 2 or Session 3.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

     
    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGY
    Y
    YOAGP
    Direct
    Distance Education
    Bathurst
    FPOS
    Y
    N
    N
    JAGP
    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    School of Psychology

    Whether you study psychology to advance your knowledge or as a career, CSU’s courses offered through the School of Psychology may be just what you are looking for. The School delivers courses at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, as well as online, and uses the disciplines knowledge to enhance human well-being. A psychology degree can provide opportunities to gain provisional accreditation to practice as a psychologist. You could also apply your understanding of human nature to bring a compassionate outlook to a career in another field such as human resources or teaching.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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