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Program Code 12363
Graduate Level Postgraduate
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 052983C
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Mode of delivery On campus face-to-face delivery.


The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Program Code 12363) is a Level 8 AQF compliant Graduate Diploma program and is available for students who commence their studies in 2015.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Program Code 12363) 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 in Psychology 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 a Research Higher Degree in Psychology.

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.

Study a Language

All domestic students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.

International students cannot enrol concurrently in the Diploma in Languages alongside their primary program unless they can complete both programs within the duration of their primary program CoE. For more information please contact the ESOS Student Compliance Unit

Admission Requirements

Students seeking to enter the Graduate Diploma in Psychology program (Program Code 12363) must have successfully completed a three year Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) with an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate sequence in Psychology. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 (calculated on a 7 point scale, to one decimal place) for the APAC accredited three year AQF Level 7 degree is required for entry.

Selection Criteria


Assumed Knowledge


Credit Transfer

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

Credit may be granted for coursework courses if they can be demonstrated to be directly equivalent in terms of content and depth of study to the corresponding courses in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology program, and they were completed within the previous 4 years. Credit will be granted by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Information Technology in accordance with the Postgradute Coursework Awards and Program Schedule. 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, please go to and click on how to apply for credit.



Practical Experience


Professional Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.

International Students

International Students must comply with the University of Newcastle’s English language proficiency requirements. All International Students who study at the Callaghan campus will be provided with an orientation to familarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services available to International Students.

Special Needs

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before commencing their studies or early in their first trimester. 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 & 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. Please follow the link provided for more information about resources: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students can draw on the assistance and support by the Indigenous Support and Development Service through the Wollotuka Institute.

Recommended Studies


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 totaling no less less than 80 units, comprising coursework and research components from the list of core courses.

Transition Arrangements

Students who have commenced in the non-AQF compliant Graduate Diploma in Psychology program (Program Code 11581) in 2014 and are enrolled part time for 2014/2015 will be able to complete the program that they have commenced in. From 2015 all commencing students will be enrolled in the AQF compliant Graduate Diploma in Psychology program (Program Code 12363).

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
PSYC6780 Literature Review of an Advanced Research Topic Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6782A Graduate Diploma in Psychology Research Project Part A Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6720 Pre-Professional Practice for Graduate Diploma Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6782B Graduate Diploma in Psychology Research Project Part B Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan) 30 units