Graduate Diploma in Psychology

1 year full-time, Parkville — Domestic and International students. CRICOS code: 061720G

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  • Uniquely designed for students who have no previous background in psychology, and wish to further their studies in this field.
  • Offers versatile career pathways to work as a registered psychologist, undertake Phd research and become an academic, or to simply to gain an understanding on human behaviour.
  • Accredited by The Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
  •  First step towards becoming a registered psychologist and on successful completion, you may apply for entry to an accredited fourth year program in psychology at the University of Melbourne or at other Australian universities. 
  • Get an overview of the study of psychology, develop a grounding in the methodology of the discipline and have the opportunity to critically examine basic psychological concepts and theories in the areas of biological bases of behaviour, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, and social and personality psychology. You will also develop skills in research methodology and data analysis.
  • Full fee course that can be completed either as an intensive one year program, or over two years in a part time capacity.
  • Challenging and dynamic stepping stone to a professional pathway, set to expand pedagogical experience.
  • Designed for successful completion within a structured framework. 

Course Description

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology consists of eight compulsory subjects and two elective subjects.  These ten subjects comprise of the three-year undergraduate sequence accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). In the third year, students choose two electives which allow them to study an area of interest in depth.

100 Level psychology subjects are designed to give students an overview of the study of psychology and provide grounding in the methodology of the discipline.

200 and 300 Level psychology subjects provide students with the opportunity to critically examine basic psychological concepts and theories in the areas of biological bases of behaviour, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, sensation and perception, and social and personality psychology. Students also develop skills in research methodology and data analysis. In the third year, students choose two electives which allow them to study an area of interest in depth.

Graduate Diploma in Psychology students participate in the normal lectures and classes of psychology undergraduate students. Unlike our undergraduates, Graduate Diploma students only have to complete the ten subject sequence, and do not need to take additional subjects in other disciplines. All psychology subjects at the University of Melbourne include a laboratory/tutorial component in addition to a lecture program. 

Knowledge - Graduate Diploma in Psychology students should demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge and comprehension of Psychology’s major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to consider how psychological principles apply to behavioural and societal problems;
  • Knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention.

Skills - Graduate Diploma in Psychology Students should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of the scientific method in thinking about problems related to behaviour and mental processes;
  • Interpret, design, and conduct research studies to address complex psychological research questions;
  • Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice;
  • Demonstrate effective writing and oral presentation skills to communicate psychological theories and research findings to academic, professional and lay audiences.

Application of knowledge and Skills - Graduate Diploma in Psychology students should be able to use their knowledge and skills to:

  • Describe applications of psychology and articulate how psychological principles can be used to explain social issues, address pressing societal needs, and inform public policy;
  • Apply psychological concepts and theories to issues in home, community and work-place settings;
  • Describe and execute problem-solving and research methods to propose effective solutions to problems of behavioural change in a range of contexts (e.g., workplace, global, etc.); develop and articulate evidence of attaining skill sets desired by psychology employers.
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Stefan Urosevic – Graduate Diploma in Psychology Graduate

“The program provided me with a strong theoretical understanding of the different psychological orientations, which proved to be very useful in postgraduate study. The cohort size was much more intimate compared to my Bachelor and students were passionate about a career in psychology. I was able to connect with like-minded individuals that served as a support network both throughout the program and in later years. On completion, I went on to study a Graduate Diploma in Psychology (4th year) at the Cairnmillar Institute and later undertook Clinical Masters at Bond University. I’m now a generally registered psychologist with intent of pursuing clinical endorsement. My career focus is on both treatment and psychological assessment, including a variety of clinical presentations.”

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