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Graduate Diploma of Psychology

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Want to boost your career potential? If you already have a degree and would like to add a psychology qualification to your CV, consider CSU's Graduate Diploma of Psychology.

Conveniently available for part-time online study, CSU's course allows you to obtain an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in just two years.

  • Why study this course?

    The Graduate Diploma of Psychology provides an advanced level of knowledge and skills in psychology. It may suit you if you are seeking a career change or you wish to update your psychology qualifications.

    Broad skill set

    Through your study of human behaviour, you will have the opportunity to develop your communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to understand the research process.

    Quality learning support

    You will receive comprehensive online study materials and have the support of dedicated professional teaching staff.

    Flexible delivery

    CSU's course is delivered with flexibility in mind. Selected subjects are offered each year in Session 3 (November to February), which may allow you to fast-track your study program.

    Further study

    The Graduate Diploma is not a fourth year in psychology. However, graduates may be eligible to apply for a fourth-year psychology program. CSU's Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology and the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) 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. Not sure which psychology course is right for you? Answer a few quick questions to find out

    Opportunities for teachers

    The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is ideal for school teachers wishing to pursue a career in school counselling. On graduation, teachers may apply to study one of our fourth-year programs to become eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist.

  • Career opportunities
    Put your Graduate Diploma of Psychology to work straight away in diverse roles in social welfare or correctional facilities or help shape social policy through research and analysis. Opportunities also exist in large and small companies or consulting firms in the areas of marketing, management and human resource management. You could also choose to study further towards provisional registration as a psychologist or opt for postgraduate studies in a specialist area that appeals to your interests.
  • 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!
    Find out more

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYNNJAGP
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYYYOAGP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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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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