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Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)

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    Postgraduate

  • Duration

    1 year (FT)

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What are the entry criteria?

To be considered for this course, applications must have completed an APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited three year sequence in psychology (eg., an APAC accredited Bachelor’s degree in psychological sciences or psychology, or Graduate Diploma of Psychology, or equivalent). Entry is competitive with selection based on academic results for all core second and third year subjects that are part of an accredited psychology undergraduate degree. To be eligible to apply, students must achieve a minimum of a distinction average (70%) in core psychology units at the third year level.
Please note that 50% of the places in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) are open to applicants from Swinburne University/Swinburne Online only and 50% to applicants from all universities.
English language requirements
Swinburne University English for Academic Purposes Certificate: EAP 5 Advanced: overall 75% and all skills 70% or above; OR, obtaining a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 7.0; OR, a TOEFL (Internet-based) minimum score of 95 (Reading no less than 20, Writing no less than 22); OR, equivalent levels of English language proficiency using other English language tests or measures as approved by the Senior DVC & Provost.
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Overview of the course

Psychology

Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced)

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Let’s explore the mind and learn about behaviour from psychology professionals. If you’ve already completed a Bachelor’s degree in psychological sciences or have completed a Graduate Diploma of Psychology, our Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) is your next step on the path to becoming a professional psychologist.
In the completely online course, you will develop advanced knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation, and interpretation of some of the most widely used cognitive and personality assessments, as well as evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention. You will work in teams and independently to complete a research project and develop your skills in project management, research design and report writing. You will also learn fundamental counselling techniques, specialising in how to deliver counselling online.
Recognise and explain how the science and practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts. You will develop an advanced understanding of ethical and professional issues in psychology.
Completion of this course may lead to job opportunities in mental health, counselling, psychology, research, and a range of roles that benefit the social and cultural standing of communities.
Our sought after Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) can be completed in one year, and is only available to students who have completed relevant prior study in psychology (for example, Swinburne University’s Bachelor of Psychological Sciences, or a Graduate Diploma of Psychology following a Bachelor’s degree), with three intakes of students per year.
This course is not accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. The Department of Psychological Sciences is in the process of seeking accreditation with APAC for this program. Subject to full accreditation, this graduate diploma is the second step to becoming a professional psychologist (equivalent to a Psychology Honours year). Graduates who wish to practice as a psychologist will need further training in psychology as required by the Psychology Board of Australia.

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