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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022),
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CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 102640H
Program Code40223

Program handbook

Description

The Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science is targeted at students who already have a degree in a different discipline, and would like a bachelors-degree equivalent in psychology. The Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science will allow students to develop foundational skills in core psychology subjects such as research, cognitive psychology, biological psychology, assessment and intervention, developmental psychology, social psychology and personality. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science will allow students to meet the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) requirements for entry to the 4th year Honours program in psychology, which is required to apply for the clinical and professional coursework Masters programs.

Whilst applicants who complete the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science may have achieved a grade point average to enable application to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program, an offer is not guaranteed due to a limited amount of places available. Applications will be ranked by academic merit.

Students seeking admission to this program will need to pass a competency exam administered online through Canvas, demonstrating knowledge of first year psychology.

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


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • Comprehended and applied a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including the following topics: the history and philosophy underpinning the science of psychology and the social, cultural, historical and professional influences on the practice of psychology, individual differences in capacity, behaviour and personality, psychological health and well-being, psychological disorders and evidence-based interventions, learning and memory, cognition, language and perception, motivation and emotion, neuroscience and the biological bases of behaviour, lifespan developmental psychology, social psychology, culturally appropriate psychological assessment and measurement and research methods and statistics.
  • Applied knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
  • Analysed and critiqued theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicated these in written and oral formats.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of appropriate values and ethics in psychology.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and teamwork.
  • Demonstrated self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology.

Details

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Program code40223
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Diploma

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 1 year full-time.
Term typeSemesters
Fees
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code102640H

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Admission information

Admission requirements

In order to be admitted into the program, applicants must have successfully completed:

  • An AQF 7 Bachelor degree (or higher), or equivalent.
  • A competency exam administered online through Blackboard, demonstrating knowledge of first year psychology.

Students will be allowed a maximum of two attempts at the test. Students who do not pass the test will not be permitted to commence the program. Students will be able to defer their offer of admission for one year, and re-take the test the following year. Students will be directed to appropriate resources to consult prior to completion of the test.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0


Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.


Professional recognition

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Science seeking provisional registration with the Psychologists Board of Australia are required to undertake an accredited honours year in psychological science, the University of Newcastle offers the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). Whilst applicants may have achieved a grade point average to enable application to the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) program, an offer is not guaranteed due to a limited amount of places available. Applications will be ranked by academic merit.


Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

80 units

Program duration

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

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

Students are required to complete a total of, but no more than, 80 units, comprised of the following:

  • 80 units of core courses

Please note: Students must only complete courses that form part of the program.


Program plans

Download a program plan from the list below for the year/term that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

The Program Plan provides information on the structure and rules of your program. Used in conjunction with your Program Handbook, it is designed to be used as an enrolment guide.

You can track your progress by ticking off the courses you have completed and plan your current and future enrolment.


Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PSYC6823Advanced Human Cognition
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC6824Advanced Biological Approaches to Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
10 units
PSYC6825Introduction to Mental Health
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6826Advanced Personality and Social Psychology
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6830Advanced Psychological Research I: Experimental Design
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6831Advanced Research Methods II: Psychological Measurement
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6833Advanced Applications of Perception and Learning in Psychology
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units
PSYC6837Advanced Lifespan Development
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Online)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2022 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional information

Through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre, students can access a free suite of NUPrep preparation courses as well as Academic Learning Support.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.

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