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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
Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Academic Contacts

Academic Chair: Dr Hakuei Fujiyama | Email: Hakuei.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)
Kaplan Higher Education Institute and Kaplan Higher Education Academy (Singapore) ['KAPLAN-SGP'] (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 rare 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: Applications close one week 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 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. For graduates looking to work in Singapore the Ministries for Defence (DXO), Education, Health, Home Affairs, Social and Family Development, and the Civil Service College in Singapore all employ psychologists at the fourth year level (Singapore Psychological Society, 2016). Anecdotal evidence from the industry suggests that many civil service units and hospitals prefer to hire registered psychologists, or will hire at the fourth-year level and encourage study at the applied Masters level.
Professional Accreditation For Murdoch offering, the 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. An APAC accredited psychology degree from an Australian institution is currently recognized by the Singapore Psychological Society as sufficient for registration as a psychologist in Singapore.

For KAPLAN-SGP offering, we are in the process of applying for an accreditation from the APAC.
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
KAPLAN-SGP: H-internal, Y-internal

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

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

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

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


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