Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete, in addition to this course, two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology) with one further year of supervised practice.


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Course Structure



Advanced Standing

Award Details

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of a bachelor degree that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved three-year sequence in Psychology; and

A minimum of a credit average in all level 2 and 3 Psychology subjects taken as part of that degree; or

Other qualifications recognised by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the Division of Tropical Health and Medicine as equivalent to the above.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 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


Course learning outcomes

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

  • Systematically integrate an advanced and coherent body of knowledge with depth in major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and philosophical and historical developments, in the core areas of psychology

  • Apply knowledge of research principles, methods and ethics to design and conduct scientific investigations that address psychological questions

  • Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of professional practice, interventions and interactions

  • Analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge and evidence bases underpinning professional practice to provide solutions to complex problems

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

  • Exercise high-level independent judgement, critical thinking and initiative to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse research and/or professional practice contexts

  • Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate human behaviour with peer and supervisory support.

  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for personal outputs and all aspects of work or function of others.

Course Structure

Core subjects

PY4106:06 Group Project Part 1 of 2

PY4107:06 Group Project Part 2 of 2

PY4108:06 Advanced Topics in Psychology Part 1 of 2

PY4109:06 Advanced Topics in Psychology Part 2 of 2











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

Students may be required to undertake such tests and interviews as are considered necessary to assess their suitability to work in the helping professions.

Accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Accreditation requirements

Graduates will be eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Graduates of this course who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete two years of supervised practice in the field or an accredited masters degree.

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

6 credit points


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 this course.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title


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Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Not applicable