Graduate Diploma of Psychology

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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.

Townsville, Cairns, Singapore
Available to Australian students for inter-campus study in Singapore.
Start dates
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council approved three-year sequence in Psychology with a credit average in all Level 2 and 3 Psychology subjects; or equivalent

Career opportunities

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 (for example JCU's Master of Psychology [Clinical]) with one further year of supervised practice.

Professional recognition

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

Course highlights

  • 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.

Course overview

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.

Subjects include:

  • Ethics for Research and Professional and Evidence Based Practice
  • Design and Analysis for Research
  • Operationalising the Scientific Practitioner Model
  • Psychology: Now and the Future.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.

Closing dates for applications: 31 October

Our campuses in Singapore and Brisbane operate on a trimester system – three semesters per year. View academic calendars.


Graduate Diploma of Psychology

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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.


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

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.

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 Psychology, graduates will be able to:

  • Systematically integrate a coherent and advanced body of knowledge with depth in major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and philosophical and historical developments, in the core areas of psychology
  • Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and evidence bases underpinning professional practice to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
  • Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of professional practice, interventions and interactions
  • Exercise high-level judgement, critical thinking and initiative to identify and solve complex problems and make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning in research and/or professional practice contexts
  • 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
  • Apply knowledge and skills of research principles, methods and ethics to initiate, plan, execute and evaluate a piece of research and scholarship with some independence and creativity
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability for one's own learning and practice in collaboration with others.

Course Structure


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









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.

Professional 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 Credit 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


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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

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.