Graduate Diploma of Psychology
The Graduate Diploma of Psychology provides fourth year training in Psychology for students who have completed an accredited three year undergraduate psychology program.
For students who have not completed an accredited three year undergraduate psychology program, the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Bridging) can be undertaken prior to the Graduate Diploma of Psychology.
Part time available
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 with one further year of supervised practice.
This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
- You will have amazing opportunities to learn from JCU's world-recognised researchers and lecturers, so you'll get first-hand knowledge from people who are experts in their field.
- JCU's psychology staff have a research focus. You'll be encouraged to actively engage in current research. And as JCU hosts a series of annual seminars presented by national and international experts, you'll be able to learn even more, and meet up with experts in their field.
- You will also have the opportunity to become part of active Psychology Clubs and organisations - whether you're studying at Townsville or Cairns - and you'll be able to build friendships and networks with fellow students from all year levels who share your interests and experiences.
You participate in a small group research project and learn the skills of devising and implementing a research project along with the skills of analysing data and writing a thesis.
Study the methods and ethics of scientific investigation and evidence-based practice. Access JCU's observation suites, electrically shielded psychophysiology recording facilities, drugs and human performance research facilities.
- Ethics for Research and Professional and Evidence Based Practice
- Design and Analysis for Research
- Operationalising the Scientific Practitioner Model
- Psychology: Now and the Future.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Graduate Diploma of Psychology
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.
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Completion of a bachelor degree that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved three-year sequence in Psychology completed within the past 10 years; 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.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
24 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Psychology, graduates will be able to:
PY4106:06 Group Project Part 1 of 2
PY4107:06 Group Project Part 2 of 2
PY4112:03 Ethics for Research and Professional and Evidence Based Practice
PY4113:03 Design and Analysis for Research
PY4114:03 Operationalising the Scientific Practitioner model
PY4115:03 Psychology: Now and the Future
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
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.
Professional accreditation requirements
Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade
Supplementary exam for final subject
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.
Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.
6 credit points
Credit will be granted only for studies completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course.
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 13 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the candidate has not completed this course.
GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF PSYCHOLOGY
Inclusion of majors on testamur
Not applicable - this course does not have majors
Exit with lesser award
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.