The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for those seeking entry into the profession as a provisional psychologist.
Taught by experts in the field, this program offers you the personal and professional knowledge and skills you need to take your career even further.
Additional selection criteria apply. Please see our handbook for more information.
Psychology at Western
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is an accredited undergraduate fourth year program and is an alternative method to fourth year honours. This program is for eligible students seeking to pursue training pathways leading to provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia; or progress to Higher Degree Research in psychology.
You’ll be part of an active research culture that broaches a range of theoretical and epistemological approaches in both applied and pure psychological research. You will also explore a range of methods, including experimental, quasi-experimental and qualitative research, and a strong program of postgraduate training.
Entry into this program is limited to students who have completed an approved accredited three-year undergraduate sequence in Psychology (or an approved accredited bridging sequence such as the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies) at an institution other than Western Sydney University in the last 10 years. In addition, you must have obtained an average mark of 70 in subjects equivalent to Level 2 and 3, with a majority of Credit or higher grades in subjects equivalent to Level 2 and 3.
This program is accredited as a fourth year of Psychology study by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).
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Fees and delivery
Delivery: On campus
Fees: AUD $38,400*
Delivery: On campus
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As a psychology graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Psychologist in private practice
- Government departments such as Department of Family and Community Services and Department of Ageing Disabilities
- Occupational Psychologist
- Human Resources
Psychologist (with further study)
Registered psychologists evaluate and diagnose mental health patterns and provide consultation. Interning is available at organisations such as the Department of Family & Community Services, and the Department of Aging Disabilities & Home Care.
Occupational Psychologists apply psychological principles and techniques to study occupational behaviour, working conditions and organisational structure, and solve problems of work performance and organisational design.
Educational Psychologists investigate learning and teaching, and develop psychological techniques to foster the development and skills of individuals and groups in educational settings.
Academia involves being a Lecturer and/or Tutor as well as undertaking world-class research in psychology. As a teaching academic you prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed program of study and conduct research in psychology.
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*The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the program (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their program based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their program past the normal finish date of the program will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its programs between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of programs for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.