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CU87 - Graduate Diploma of Psychology


As the Psychology Courses at CQU have been accredited by the Australian Psychological Society, you are guaranteed that the Psychology Discipline will provide you with an extensive knowledge base in a number of areas of psychology. Importantly, the ongoing research activities of staff facilitate the integration of theoretical constructs with applied illustrations to foster a better understanding of the courses on offer.

Examples include:

  • learning processes and human – animal interactions
  • social psychology and jury research
  • clinical psychology and motivation
  • developmental psychology and the prevention of suicide
  • research methods and gambling
  • lifespan psychology and aging
  • forensic psychology and judicial sentencing

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Psychologists are employed in a wide range of fields, such as career counselling, clinical neuropsychology, clinical, child counselling, educational, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as in teaching and research.  The majority of psychologists work in the private sector, although significant numbers are also employed by government departments and agencies.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 terms full-time, 8 terms part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - ROK; External
Courses/Units of Credit 12 courses/72 units of credit
Faculty Arts, Health and Sciences
How to Apply direct
Entry Requirements
Professional Accreditation The GDPsych is fully accredited with the Australian Psychological society as a three-year undergraduate award in Psychology.
Residential School 4 days prior to the commencement of PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology. Check the residential school timetable for details.
Practicum/Work placement not applicable
Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal GradDipPsych 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

The Graduate Diploma of Psychology is designed for persons who already hold a degree from a recognised university to undertake in full, or complete, an accredited three year undergraduate program in Psychology for the purpose of establishing their eligibility for entry into a fourth-year degree or postgraduate diploma program in Psychology.

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma will have broad knowledge of the discipline of Psychology and its applications, including major theoretical perspectives within the discipline. In addition, they will have knowledge of the range of core research areas that make up the scientific discipline of Psychology and of the research methodologies and statistical techniques commonly used by researchers for information gathering and analysis. They will be able to apply that knowledge when undertaking research activities in the core areas of scientific study.

Program Structure

To satisfy the requirements of the award, students must complete 12 courses or 72 units of credit as outlined below. Students shall:

  • prior to enrolment in the award, hold a degree from a recognised university;
  • and obtain credit for a total of 72 units of credit (12 courses) including PSYC12047 and PSYC12048 from the table below in accordance with the following:
  1. at least 36 units of credit (six courses) shall be at Level 3, and include PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology; and
  2. except with the approval of the Head of School, all course prerequisites in Psychology shall be satisfied. The normal pattern of enrolment is 12 units of credit (two courses) at first level, 24 units of credit (four courses) at second level, and 36 units of credit (six courses) at third level.

Failure to satisfy these requirements will result in non-eligibility to graduate.

Courses Offered

Level 1 courses
Course Code Course Name
PSYC11008 Biological Foundations of Psychology
PSYC11009 Social Foundation of Psychology
Level 2 courses
Course Code Course Name
PSYC12010 Introduction to Human Development
PSYC12047 Res Methods in Psychology A
PSYC12048 Res. Methods In Psychology B
PSYC12012 Physiological Psychology
PSYC12013 Personality
PSYC12014 Social Psychology
Level 3 courses
Course Code Course Name
PSYC13015 Advanced Methods in Psychology
PSYC13016 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC13017 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC13018 Cross-Cultural Psychology
PSYC13019 Developmental Psychology
PSYC13020 Individual Differences and Assessment
PSYC13021 Special Topic in Psychology
PSYC13022 Learning

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