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Program Code 12363
Graduate Level Postgraduate Coursework
  • Newcastle (Callaghan)
CRICOS Code 052983C
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The Graduate Diploma in Psychology 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.

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 [email protected].

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) or equivalent Graduate Diploma program within the last 10 years. Applicants’ previous studies must include an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited undergraduate sequence in Psychology. To be eligible to apply for admission, applicants must have attained a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 (calculated on a 7 point scale) across the second and third year psychology courses which have contributed to the APAC accredited sequence. Entry into this program is limited and competitive, so whilst an applicant may achieve the required GPA to apply, they may not necessarily receive an offer into the program.

Applicants who have completed their APAC-accredited bachelor degree studies at an institution other than the University of Newcastle, must provide supporting evidence that clearly identifies the APAC accredited second and third year psychology courses/units/subjects undertaken as part of their award.This will enable an accurate grade point average to be calculated from eligible courses/units/subjects. Suitable evidence will consist of a formal letter (accompanied by an academic transcript) signed by a representative from the relevant school or faculty, and should clearly outline exactly which courses/units/subjects are considered second and third year courses under the APAC accredited sequence in Psychology. 

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.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.

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

Transition Arrangements

In 2015, the program was revised, and changes were made for implementation Semester 1 2016.  Continuing students who have not yet successfully completed PSYC6780, PSYC6782A and PSYC6782B are now required to take PSYC6783A and PSYC6783B.  Students who require further clarification should enquire with the relevant Program Advisor.


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

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)
10 units
PSYC4100 Critical Issues and Controversies in Psychology Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2016 (CENTRALCST)
10 units
PSYC6720 Pre-Professional Practice for Graduate Diploma Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 10 units
PSYC6783A Graduate Diploma in Psychology Research Project Part A Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan) 20 units
PSYC6783B Graduate Diploma in Psychology Research Project Part B Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan) 30 units
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