Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology

Course Code





Arts, Education and Social Sciences

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF level 8 first or second class honours degree accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution; or

Completion of a four-year AQF level 7 degree or an AQF level 8 postgraduate diploma accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council, 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 an AQF level 7 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 I 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


Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology, graduates will be able to:

  • Integrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the field of geropsychology and related areas of clinical practice

  • Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of clinical practice including application of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and outcome evaluation

  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge and evidence bases underpinning clinical practice

  • Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate complex knowledge, concepts, data and arguments, appropriate for a variety of audiences

  • Exercise high-level judgement and initiative to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse clinical practice contexts.

Course Structure

Core Subjects

PY5001:03 Psychological Assessment

PY5003:03 Adult Psychopathology

PY5006:03 Clinical Neuropsychology

PY5007:03 Health and Rehabilitation

PY5012:03 Methods of Intervention 2

PY5013:03 Working with Clients

PY5017:03 Psychosocial Elements of Ageing

PY6017:03 Psychology and Disorders of Later Life







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


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 Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology, receive full advanced standing for subjects completed