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Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Course structure

Students enrolled in the GDP will be required to complete 8 of the 12 core Level 2 and Level 3 psychology subjects from the Bachelor of Psychology. [The Level 1 core psychology subjects from the Bachelor of Psychology (or their equivalents) are prerequisites for entry into the GDP]. Each subject in the GDP is worth 8 points.

Level 2 subjects:

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (compulsory)*
PSY204 Psychological Testing (compulsory)*
Plus two of :
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology

Level 3 subjects†:

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (compulsory)*
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods (compulsory)*
Plus two of the following, one of which must be PSY307 or PSY308
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity*
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY307 Cognition
PSY308 Psychology of Learning*

* These subjects have a compulsory on campus (Bathurst) residential school.
† All Level 3 subjects have completion of PSY201 and one other level 2 PSY subject as assumed knowledge (PSY201 is a prerequisite for PSY301 .

Key Subjects

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods

Enrolment pattern

February Intake

Year 1

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology *
PSY204 Psychological Testing *

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology

Year 2

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology *
and one of:
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY308 Psychology of Learning *

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
and one of:
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity*
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY307 Cognition

Mid-Year Intake

Year 1

Session 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology

Year 2

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology *
PSY204 Psychological Testing *

Session 2

PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*
and one of:
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity *
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY307 Cognition

Year 3

Session 1

PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology *
and one of:
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY308 Psychology of Learning *

Flexible Enrolment Pattern

Students may plan their own enrolment pattern using the schedule of subject availability below, subject to satisfying course requirements and subject prerequisites/assumed knowledge requirements.

Session 1

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology *
PSY202 Developmental Psychology
PSY204 Psychological Testing *
PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology *
PSY305 Psychology of Personality
PSY308 Psychology of Learning *

Sesssion 2

PSY203 Social Psychology
PSY208 Biopsychology
PSY303 Language and Subjectivity *
PSY304 Psychopathology
PSY307 Cognition
PSY309 Qualitative Research Methods*

Session 3

PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology *
PSY20X Level 2 Subject to be determined
PSY30X Level 3 Subject to be determined

Students may email psychadmin@csu.edu.au after 31 May each year for information on the level 2 and 3 subjects to be offered in session 3.

* These subjects have a compulsory residential school.

Professional recognition

The GDP has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a three year sequence of study in psychology.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

CSU's Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for graduates in fields other than psychology who wish to obtain an accredited, undergraduate psychology major.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for graduates in fields other than psychology who wish to pursue a career in psychology, giving them the opportunity to obtain the necessary accredited, undergraduate psychology major over two or three years of part-time study, usually by distance education.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is not a fourth year in Psychology.

As the Graduate Diploma in Psychology is available by distance education, it meets the needs of geographically isolated students, as well as those in full-time employment seeking a career change while remaining in their present occupation. It specifically enables school teachers seeking the necessary psychology major to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology in order to train as school counsellors. It also enables students with an outdated psychology major to update their qualifications.

Distance education students will receive comprehensive study material and will have access to teaching staff by telephone and email.

Graduates who successfully complete this eight subject Graduate Diploma are eligible to apply for postgraduate courses offering a fourth year in psychology. Two courses on offer at Charles Sturt University are the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology and the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours), both of which are accredited as fourth year psychology courses by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

It should be noted that completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology does not guarantee admission to either of these courses.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

Session 3 subjects

A number of subjects are offered in Session 3 each year (November - Februray): PSY101, PSY102, PSY201, one other Level 2 subject and one Level 3 subject. Please note that only students who are residing in Australia during Session 3 are eligible to enrol in Session 3 subjects.

Residential schools

There are compulsory residential schools, each of 2.5 days per subject per session, for some subjects. Residential schools are normally held on the Bathurst Campus, although some Session 3 residential schools may be held in Wagga Wagga.

Residential schools are held in the same week so students are encouraged to organise their program to take advantage of this by taking two subjects with residential schools in the same session.

Residential schools are held in the same week in Session 1 for PSY201, PSY204, PSY301 and PSY308.

Residential schools for PSY303 and PSY304 are held in the same week in Session 2.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Bathurst; Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

2 years

International?

YES

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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