The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a pathway to Honours and higher degrees in Psychology, and to registration as a psychologist. It is for students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree but do not have a major in Psychology.
As a part of this course, you will study areas of experimental psychology, mental health and psychopathology, research methods in psychology, and a range of other topics that are included in our accredited Psychology Program.
Upon completion of the course, graduates will have completed a Psychology Program accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), identical to that available in our other APAC accredited degrees.
Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Psychology will be eligible to apply for a place in fourth year Psychology (Honours). Following completion of Psychology (Honours), graduates may apply to study for a higher degree in psychology.
The course resolutions detailed in this page apply to all courses included in the table below under section 1 (course codes).
These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2021 (the 'Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021, the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy Register: https://www.sydney.edu.au/policies
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The attendance pattern for this course is part-time only but full-time enrolment may be permitted after the first semester of candidature.
(1) With approval from the Dean, available places will be offered to qualified applicants based on merit according to the following admissions criteria:
(2) Admission to the course requires:
(a) a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences, Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, or Bachelor of Liberal Studies from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification, provided the applicant has not previously completed a major in Psychology; and
(b) completion of 12 credit points of 1000-level units of study in Psychology or equivalent within the last ten years.
(1) The units of study that may be taken for these awards are set out in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology table.
(2) To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology a candidate must complete 60 credit points, including:
(a) 24 credit points of 2000-level units of study in Psychology; and
(b) 24 credit points of 3000-level units of study in Psychology; and
(c) 12 credit points of 39XX or 4000-level units of study in Psychology.
Credit for up to 30 credit points may be granted for units of study deemed to be equivalent to units in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology offered by the Faculty of Science.
(1) These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2019 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2019 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
(2) Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2019 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2022, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve. Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2017 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2022, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.