Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging)

Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging)

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Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Professional accreditation status

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

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. BPsychSc(Hons) or GDipPsych) and either an internship program or further postgraduate training followed by supervised practice in the field.


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Completion of an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification in any field other than Psychology at this or another University.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

30 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

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

  • Integrate and apply a coherent body of knowledge and skills in major theoretical perspectives, and philosophical and historical developments in core areas of psychology.
  • Critically review, evaluate and apply evidence bases and basic ethics and research methods in psychology including research design, data analysis and interpretation to solve research questions related to the challenges of the diverse populations in regional, national and international communities.
  • Demonstrate high level judgement, responsibility and accountability for ones own learning and ethical practice in collaboration with others.
  • Demonstrate advanced English language, technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret, and communicate knowledge, data, arguments and findings appropriate for a variety of audiences.
  • Work collaboratively and independently to design, evaluate and disseminate information and initiatives to promote and optimize mental health, resilience and well being in culturally diverse and geographically dispersed contexts.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information, refer to Inherent Requirements page.

Reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


PY4201:03 Social Psychology

PY4202:03 Individual Differences in Personality

PY4203:03 The Psychology of Health, Wellbeing and Resilience

PY4204:03 Human Development Across the Lifespan

PY4205:03 Psychological Disorders and Interventions

PY4206:03 Learning, Memory, Cognition and Language

PY4207:03 Neuroscience and the Biological Bases of Behaviour

PY4208:03 Environmental Psychology and Sustainable Futures

PY4209:03 Principles of Counselling

PY4210:03 Research and Statistics for Psychology




JCU Online



Expected time to complete

20 months full-time or equivalent part-time

Maximum time to complete

52 months

Maximum leave of absence

12 months


Course progression


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Course includes mandatory fieldwork


Special assessment


Professional accreditation

Graduates of this course, who wish to become fully registered as psychologists, must complete an accredited fourth year course (e.g. Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or Graduate Diploma of Psychology) plus two years of supervised practice in the field; or an accredited Masters degree (e.g. Master of Psychology (Clinical)) with one further year of supervised practice.

Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable



Not eligible

Maximum allowed

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Other restrictions

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Award Details

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Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on

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Exit with lesser award

Graduate Certificate of Psychology

Course articulation

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Special awards

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