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Postgraduate Diploma of Forensic Psychology

Course Code

84307 Not offered in 2012




Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Entry requirements for this course are consistent with the Pathways to Qualifications in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8) Guidelines for Postgraduate Diplomas.

Completion of a first or second class honours degree accredited by the Australian Psychological Society or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution; or

Completion of a four-year degree or a postgraduate diploma accredited by the Australian Psychological Society, achieved at a level which is deemed by the Head of School to be at least equivalent to a second class honours degree; or

Completion of at least a bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline and, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, adequate experience and/or training and academic competence to succeed in the course.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Students of non English speaking backgrounds must have an adequate English language capacity assessed under the Australian International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The IELTS score required for admission to this course can be found in Schedule II of the JCU Admissions policy.

Additional selection requirements


Special admission requirements


Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements


Learning outcomes

Characteristics of learning outcomes for this course are consistent with those outlined in the Postgraduate Diploma Guideline in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF level 8).

Course Structure

Core Subjects

PY5001:03 Psychological Assessment in Professional Practice

PY5003:03 Adult Psychopathology

PY5016:03 Investigative Psychology

PY6014:03 Assessment and Intervention in Forensic Psychology

PY6106:03 Readings in Forensic Psychology

PY6120:03 Introduction to Forensic Psychology

PY6121:03 Working with Forensic Clients

PY6122:03 Children and the Law







Expected time to complete

1 year full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Candidates may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the   Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning policy associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points unless part of an approved course articulation process


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Candidates who are granted advanced standing for the Postgraduate Certificate of Forensic Psychology will be required to surrender that award prior to graduating with the Postgraduate Diploma of Forensic Psychology.

Award Details

Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Candidates who achieve a Distinction average in all subjects, and who otherwise satisfy the requirements for admission to the Master of Psychology or Doctor of Psychology, may apply to transfer to either of those programs, and following surrender of the testamur for the Postgraduate Diploma of Forensic Psychology, receive full advanced standing for subjects completed.