Graduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology

The Graduate Diploma is designed for psychologists who have completed an APS-accredited four-year training sequence and are seeking specialised postgraduate training.

Start dates
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Course highlights

The Department of Psychology at James Cook University has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.

Tutorial classes are amongst the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalized assistance. The Department has very well-equipped, modern facilities on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses and excellent research infrastructure.

Course overview

Gain advanced training in clinical psychology, as well as a detailed knowledge of the tools and techniques used by clinical psychologists, with our Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology program. You will also:

  • Learn how to assess and diagnose child and adult psychopathology;
  • learn about the various treatment options
  • gain an understanding of the interaction between physical health and psychological health.

Our Postgraduate Diploma program is designed for psychologists who have completed an APS-accredited four-year training sequence and are seeking specialised postgraduate training.

Please note, this course provides fifth-year credentials and does not provide an APAC accredited fourth-year equivalent.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Closing date for applications:  31 October

Applications require two referee reports.  JCU is now participating in the National Psychology Referee System. Information on this system can be found at

Please note: This system is the same across all Australian Universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active subscription. The subscription allows you access the service during the 2016 – 2017 intake from the 1st of August 2016 to 30th July 2017. The cost is $25.00 and can be paid for through the "My Account" section in the payment tab.

Pathway into course

Please consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.


Graduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology

Course code


Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF level 8)


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

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 College Dean 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

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

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

  • Integrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the field of clinical psychology 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.


PY5001:03 Psychological Assessment

PY5003:03 Adult Psychopathology

PY5006:03 Clinical Neuropsychology

PY5007:03 Health and Rehabilitation

PY5011:03 Methods of Intervention 1

PY5012:03 Methods of Intervention 2

PY5013:03 Working with Clients

PY6015:03 Child and Family Therapy


Course available at







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


Professional accreditation requirements


Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

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 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 student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions


Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable - this course does not have majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation


What is Psychology?

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.