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Program Code 11581
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 052983C
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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.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at

Credit Transfer

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 the new program, go to¬† and click on ‘How to Apply for Credit’.

Credit may be granted for directly equivalent courses undertaken in APAC accredited programs.

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

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Special Needs

Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit for more information.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at

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

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

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

Code Name Availability Units
PSYC4000 Advanced Methodology Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (CENTRALCST)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC4100 Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (CENTRALCST)
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 Grad Dip Research Project Part A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6781B Grad Dip Research Project Part B Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
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