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Program Code 11581
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
UAC Code UAC Website
CRICOS Code 052983C
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Mode of delivery Face to face on campus.
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Please note that this version of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Program Code 11581) does not meet with AQF compliance standards and has been replaced with a new program. For more information about the new AQF compliant Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Program Code 12363) please follow the link below:

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Postgraduate) will provide students with a 4th year in Psychology that satisfies the requirements for accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). It will allow students to develop advanced research skills, skills at a pre-professional level in psychological assessment and counselling, as well as to acquire knowledge of a number of areas in psychology at an advanced level.

Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma will allow students to meet the APAC requirements for entry to accredited psychology coursework Masters programs, as well as meeting the academic requirements for entry into our professional training program at the Masters level. The Graduate Diploma is not an Honours program, and therefore, graduates will not be eligible for entry into the PhDs in Clinical and Health Psychology, or other Research Higher Degrees.

Why study with us?

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides an excellent development of the scientific basis of Psychology and the option to acquire competence in a range of professional skills. The Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides professional Psychological training and practical skills, based on a strong theoretical and empirical foundation.

Career Opportunities

There are many career opportunities for four-year trained graduates in Psychology: Area Health Services, both mental health and general health, Department of Community Services, Department of Aging, Disability & Home Care, in the private sector (career counselling, human factors within Human Resources, rehabilitation counsellors) and voluntary organisations. Graduates of the program will be eligible for entry into post-graduate professional training programs in Psychology at Masters level.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking to enter the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Postgraduate) must have completed an APAC accredited sequence in Psychology within an APAC accredited 3 year undergraduate degree:

  • PSYC1010 and PSYC1020; plus
  • 40 units of accredited Psychology at 2000 level, including PSYC2070 or PSYC2000; plus
  • 60 units of accredited Psychology at 3000 level, including PSYC3010 or PSYC3000.

Applicants to the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Postgraduate) compete on the basis of their results in their prior APAC accredited 3 year undergraduate degree. A minimum GPA of 5.0 in their APAC accredited degree of 240 units is required for entry.

Credit Transfer

Credit may be granted for directly equivalent courses undertaken in APAC accredited programs. If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to your new program, go to and click on How to apply for credit.

Professional Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and approved for registration under the NSW State Registration Board for a fourth year program in Psychology.

International Students

International students studying in Australia for this qualification will require Australian recognition of their academic achievement in their country of origin. Their requirements are the same as for domestic students. International students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an Orientation of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology and the University at the commencement of each semester. All students can also access additional learning support mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

Special Needs

Some aspects of the program are practical hands-on skills-based and students with disabilities in these areas may need additional support. Students should contact the Faculty to discuss these issues. The support structures of the Student Support Unit will be available to assist any students with a disability or chronic illness. The Faculty and School accepts responsibility, in liaison with the Student Support Unit, for providing reasonable accommodations to allow students with disabilities to complete the program. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Requirements and Structure

One year full-time or two years part-time study. Entry is available in February each year. Please refer to the Term dates on the University website at:
To qualify for graduation with the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Postgraduate), a candidate shall satisfactorily complete a program of study totalling no less less than 80 units, comprising coursework and research components from the list of core courses.

Course Information

Code Name Availability Units
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PSYC4000 Advanced Methodology Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC4100 Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC6720 Pre-Professional Practice for Graduate Diploma Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6740 Advanced Topics in Experimental Psychology Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6750 Advanced Topics in Applied Psychology Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6780 Literature Review of an Advanced Research Topic Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6781A GradDip Research Project Part A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6781B GradDip Research Project Part B Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
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