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Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)


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Title Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)
Course Code G1058
Study Level Graduate Diploma
School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Hakuei Fujiyama | Email: H.Fujiyama@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 2879

Qualification Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)
Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description The Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides a fourth year of study in Psychology for graduates who already have completed an accredited three-year undergraduate degree in Psychology. The Diploma thus assists people who wish to meet the minimum educational qualification requirements for registration to work as a psychologist. Students in the Diploma must complete coursework at an advanced level as well as a group-based research project written up as a thesis.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings A three-year Bachelor's degree in Psychology accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council or Australian Psychological Society-approved alternative, completed within the last 10 years. Some students may be required to complete additional units to satisfy specified unit prerequisites.

The Academic Chair will consider applications and recommend students for admission based on an assessment of the student's preparedness to cope with the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, and on current teaching resources available to the school. Normally only students with a credit average or better in their undergraduate psychology units will be considered. In some cases, the Academic Chair may recommend a student for admission, but require the student to complete additional designated Murdoch units offered in earlier years than the fourth year.

Quota: The number of students accepted into the course will be determined on a semester-by-semester basis, and will depend upon available resources.

Applications: The application process will coincide with that of all other graduate degrees offered in the School of Psychology and Exercise Science, with close-off dates for the applications occurring approximately one month before the beginning of the following semester.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.
Course Learning Outcomes Students will develop knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases of psychological assessment and psychological interventions, and an understanding of the application of the scientist-practitioner model to the practice of psychology. They will develop competence in the skills required to conduct psychological research. Students will demonstrate strong critical thinking skills in relation to psychological topics and issues, and an understanding of how both the science and practice of psychology are situated within the broader contexts of society, culture and history.
Employment Prospects Students who complete this Diploma will have satisfied the minimum educational requirements for registration to work as a psychologist in Western Australia (provided that their undergraduate degree is from an accredited psychology program), and will also be eligible to apply for entry into relevant Master courses in applied psychology. Graduates will be able to work in many areas of psychology and the helping professions.
Professional Accreditation The course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is recognised as such by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Western Australian Psychologists' Registration Board.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

PSY541 Psychology Project - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, Y-internal

PSY599 Graduate Seminar in Psychology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY598 Advanced Psychological Assessment - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY536 Psychology: Principles and Processes of Psychological Intervention - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY544 Psychology: Practical Skills - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

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