Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


1 year full-time or part-time equivalent up to 4 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021

AUD44,510 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees


1 year full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

Program code: 40223
CRICOS code: 102640H

Study Psychological Science

Having a broad understanding of brain functions, mind and human behaviour is not only interesting, but highly relevant to all of us in our everyday lives. The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science has been designed for those interested in expanding their knowledge in, or pursuing a career in Psychology.

The program provides an alternative pathway into the field of Psychology, as it allows graduates of an undergraduate degree (or higher‐level qualification) in any discipline to develop skills in the discipline of Psychology and achieve a bachelor’s-degree equivalent in Psychology.

Why study with us?

  • Discover an alternative pathway into the profession of Psychology – successfully complete our program and apply to undertake further study to become a registered psychologist.
  • Fast-track your career – with the ability to complete your studies in just one year, you can progress your career in the field of Psychology sooner, or up skill and expand your allied health career opportunities.
  • Flexible study options - this program has been designed to provide you with the flexibility to study while you work.
  • Build important professional relationships – through supportive mentoring, build relationships with key academics who may become your supervisor for future Honours projects, should you decide to continue your studies.
  • ERA 5 ‘well above world standard’ for Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (Excellence in Research for Australia 2018)

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87.3% ? of undergraduate Psychology students satisfied with teaching quality
92.3% ? of undergraduate Psychology graduates found employment within four months
Top 200 ? in the world - Psychology

What you will study

Key areas of study include:

  • Assessment and intervention
  • Biological psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Personality
  • Social psychology
  • Research

You will engage with current research throughout the program to gain a foundational understanding of key psychological concepts, theories and practices.

Successful completion of this program will open up the pathway for further study should you wish to pursue a career in Psychology. Graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for the 1-year Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program, which is required to apply for the Clinical and Professional coursework Master’s programs. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue other postgraduate pathways in Psychology such as the Master of Business Psychology.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Graduates develop a wide range of knowledge and skills valued across industries. You may continue to progress in your current career into management levels or shift your focus to specialise in human service organisations, employment agencies, counselling services, personnel management, market research, or health and community services.

Graduates will also have the option to continue with their education in Psychology though an Honours or Master’s program depending on their chosen career path to develop their professional and clinical skills.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

This program is undergoing accreditation with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.