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Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

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Set your psychology career in motion. CSU’s Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology is a fully accredited course that satisfies the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist.

As a fourth year of training in psychology, it is designed to suit those intending to pursue a career in psychology. Not sure which psychology course is right for you? Answer a few quick questions to find out.

  • Why study this course?

    The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology provides a fourth year qualification in psychology to students who have completed an accredited undergraduate psychology program with a high level of academic achievement. It comprises five coursework subjects and a major research project.

    Become a psychologist

    After graduation, you may apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. You could then become eligible for general registration as a psychologist with at least two years of practical experience.

    Theory and practice

    In addition to core theoretical areas and research competencies, the course offers training in the foundations of counselling theory and practice. Elective subjects are offered in common areas of practice, such as health, forensic and industrial/organisational psychology.

    Transfer to Honours

    Transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) may be available to students who demonstrate excellent academic performance during the first year of the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology. Please refer to the eligibility criteria.

    Professional recognition

    The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a fourth year of study in psychology. It satisfies the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration and meets the professional training requirements for Associate Membership of the APS.

  • Career opportunities
    As a graduate of CSU’s Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, you could provide counselling and well being services in social welfare positions, work with large and small companies or consulting firms in the areas of marketing, management and human resource management, or work in schools, community services or corrections. Many opportunities are available to registered psychologists. Once registered, you will be eligible to go into professional practice and work in diverse settings across Australia.
  • 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

    The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology is designed to provide students with the opportunity for advanced study in psychology. This course satisfies the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a Psychologist.

    Students must complete:

    three core coursework subjects (24 points) two elective subjects (16 Points) a major research project (24 points)

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment *
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology *
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points) *
    PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice *

    * Core subject

    NB: All subjects have compulsory residential schools

    Enrolment pattern

    Subject offerings are divided between Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, with core subjects and high-demand electives offered on both campuses and most electives only offered at one campus. Most students will select an enrolment pattern that involves completing all subjects through a single campus, as outlined below. Note that students can choose to enrol in subjects at different campuses, but that a non-standard enrolment pattern may increase the number of separate trips students must make to attend compulsory residential schools.

    Part time via Bathurst

    Year 1

    Session 1

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

    Session 2

    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Year 2

    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)

    Session 2

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)

    Part time via Wagga Wagga

    Year 1

    Session 1

    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

    Session 2

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

    Year 2

    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)

    Session 2

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)

    Full-time enrolment is subject to approval by the course coordinator.

    All subjects in this course require attendance at compulsory residential schools, which may be scheduled at either Bathurst or Wagga Wagga campus. More information is available from psychadmin@csu.edu.au

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Science
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics
    PSY436 Research Project
    PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice

  • Admission information

    Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology is competitive and requires:

    • completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year sequence (either an APAC accredited undergraduate program or an APAC accredited Graduate Diploma) within the previous 10 years;
    • a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or better in an APAC accredited Graduate Diploma or in the core psychology level 2 and 3 subjects of an APAC accredited undergraduate program; and
    • the successful completion of PSY301 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology or PSY461 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology;
      or
    • to have what is deemed to be the equivalent of the above three requirements from another institution.

    Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma must include an 'additional information' form with their enrolment form confirming that their undergraduate psychology major is APAC accredited.

    Download additional course form

    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 typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPPGYNNOAGX
    DirectOnlineBathurstCGSYNNEAGC
    DirectOnlineBathurstFPOSYNNJAGX

    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, a student 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.

    Apply online

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  • 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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