Overview

Graduate Diploma in Psychology

To become a registered psychologist there are two avenues you can pursue. The University of Newcastle offers Honours and as well as the Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Depending on your career objectives, the Graduate Diploma in Psychology will develop your skills to an advanced level in research, psychological assessment and counselling, as well as enhance your understanding and application of psychological areas and practices.

At the completion of your studies you will be eligible for provisional registration by the Psychology Board of Australia . You will also have met the requirements to study any accredited (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)) psychology coursework Master’s program as well as to apply for entry into the University of Newcastle’s Masters level professional training program.

Is it for you?

Have you or are you about to complete your undergraduate psychology degree and are investigating your options to become a registered psychologist?

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology will prepare you with the advanced skills and knowledge to successfully apply for provisional registration to work professionally and/or provide you with the opportunity to study at a Master’s level.

Highly regarded and well developed, the Graduate Diploma in Psychology at the University of Newcastle will provide you with the opportunity to achieve competence in a range of professional skills. You will study and acquire the fundamental practical skills which are supported by an established theoretical and pragmatic foundation.

Career Pathways

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Diploma in Psychology has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council and upon graduation you will be able to apply for ‘Provisional Registration’ under the Psychology Board of Australia. You will be qualified to begin the nationally recognised ‘4+2 internship program’ where you can continue on and achieve full registration as a psychologist.

You will have a range of immediate career opportunities in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Some public career options may include working for Area Health Services (both mental health and general health), Department of Community Services, Department of Aging, disability or home care.

Private sector careers could include career counselling, human resources, rehabilitation counselling or working for voluntary organisations. The opportunity to continue your studies at the Master’s level in Psychology will also be an option.

Specialisations

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Diploma in Psychology has been carefully developed to provide you with a guided and highly relevant education for a career as a professional and accredited psychologist.

Being entirely prescribed, the program can be studied full-time in one year of part-time in two years.

Throughout the program you will study courses that will ensure your eligibility for accreditation with the Australian Psychological Society. You will become a competent and professional psychologist as you enhance your understanding of research methods and ethics, examine the history of psychological science, discover critical issues and controversies in psychology and learn to administer cognitive testing and assessment.

You will study advanced topics in the area of experimental psychology, including research methods, you will also study critical issues and controversies in Psychology. Further to this you will discover applied psychology by studying professional skills and careers aspects.

Practical research courses will provide you with the hands-on experience to ensure you are job ready upon graduation.

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To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed a 3-year Bachelor degree (equivalent to an AQF Level 7) or Graduate Diploma program within the last 10 years.

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.

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