Psychology

Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)

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If you’ve already completed an accredited three-year undergraduate degree in psychology, this course will meet the fourth-year accreditation component required to register as a provisional psychologist in Australia.

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  • Selection Rank

  • Course Code

    • G1058
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
  • CRICOS Code

    • 052860C
  • Course Code

    • G1058
  • Study Mode

    • Part or full-time
      (Student visa holders must study full-time)
  • Course Duration

    • 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Course Description

If you’re working towards becoming a registered psychologist and have already completed an accredited three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent, this course provides you with an alternative option to an honours year to satisfy the educational requirements needed to register and work as a provisional psychologist. 

Students in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology must complete coursework at an advanced level as well as a group-based research project written up as an individual thesis.

On completion of this course, you can apply for a masters program in Psychology like the Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) or Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical).

4 reasons to study a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Murdoch

  • Complete a research project in an area of psychology that is of interest to you. You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of a particular topic, and develop high-level writing skills by preparing an individual thesis.
  • Study on your own terms – we offer flexible study arrangements allowing you to study full-time or part-time.
  • Take advantage of our scholarships such as the Murdoch University Academic Excellence Award.
  • Start your first step to become a registered psychologist throughout the coursework units, which are specifically designed to enhance practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for psychologists.

Develop your skills

Build essential skills and knowledge to meet your career or study goals. Topics you’ll cover include:

  • analytics and problem solving
  • research and information sourcing
  • critical thinking, judgment and decision making
  • the appreciation of mental health issues and how this impacts at an individual, family and community level
  • interpersonal, oral and written communication.

Your career

After obtaining the Graduate Diploma in Psychology degree, you can explore working in diverse areas both in public and private sectors because the skills and knowledge acquired throughout the Graduate Diploma in Psychology are highly versatile and applicable to many fields. You can be involved in policymaking, police and correction services, counselling services, market and consumer research, career guidance, and more. Graduate Careers Australia outlines some areas you might work in after graduating with a Psychology degree.

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is recognised by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Western Australian Psychologists’ Registration Board.

As a graduate, you will have satisfied the minimum educational requirements for provisional registration to work as a psychologist in Australia (provided that your undergraduate degree is from an accredited psychology program), and will also be eligible to apply for entry into relevant Master courses in applied psychology.

  • Location

    • Perth Campus
  • Mid-year Intake

    • Mid-year start available (Domestic students)
    • Not available (International students)
  • Study Area(s)

Course Structure

Each course has a number of credit points that must be completed for you to graduate. Find out what’s required to meet the credit points for this course.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. Use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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We understand you may need help financially whilst studying for your qualification. We therefore offer eligible students a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards across a variety of categories. Find out what scholarships Murdoch has on offer, and whether you’re eligible to apply.

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At Murdoch, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee. The total cost of your course will therefore vary depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your offer, however you can use our online Course Fee Calculator to estimate the amount you will need to pay.

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Be welcomed into the Murdoch University community with one of our three different Welcome Scholarships: the International Welcome Scholarship, International Welcome Scholarship – Australia or International Honours Welcome Scholarship.

The Australian Government also offers scholarships to students from developing countries through the Australia Awards Scholarship program.

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Apply to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system. Applications for Semester 1 open on the first Monday in October.

Apply to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system. Applications for Semester 2 open on the first Monday in May.

Apply to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 1, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system. Applications for Semester 1 open on the first Monday in October.

Apply to be eligible for a place at Murdoch University. To start studying in Semester 2, you can apply directly to Murdoch using our easy-to-use online application system. Applications for Semester 2 open on the first Monday in May.

 

Your Application Checklist

  • Check the course details
  • Check the entry requirements for the course to clarify your eligibility
  • Check your eligibility for a scholarship
  • Prepare your documentation (see the checklist below)
  • Ask us any questions you might have (we're here to help!)
  • Now you're ready to apply!

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Completed official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion
  • A letter from the Australian Psychological Society if your qualifications were obtained overseas

Your Document Checklist

Ready to apply? Before you start, make sure you have all of the following documentation ready for a quick application.

  • Complete or incomplete official Academic Transcripts and Certificates of Completion – both original and English translated versions
  • A letter from the Australian Psychological Society showing that your Bachelor of Psychology degree is comparable to an Australian 4-year Bachelor of Psychology degree
  • English Language Proficiency Document (if available)
  • A recent Curriculum Vitae