|Award title||Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||100 credit points|
|Duration||12 months full-time or 24 months part-time|
Psychology is a broad and intellectually fascinating scientific discipline with a focus on understanding behaviour and experience, particularly in humans. The science of psychology involves a wide range of perspectives and approaches, with psychological research findings having important applications in areas such as health, education, business and commerce, as well as informing us about how human behaviours and motivations relate to a wide range of societal issues.
The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences’ Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a pathway for graduates of other disciplines, who have subsequently been awarded the equivalent of an undergraduate major in psychology, to complete an accredited fourth year in psychology.
An APAC accredited fourth year in Psychology is a prerequisite for the further studies in Psychology that are required to register as a practicing psychologist; it is also the recommended pathway for students wishing to undertake a higher research degree in Psychology to pursue a career in psychological research.
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) has been designed to build on the knowledge and skills attained in the APAC accredited Graduate Diploma in Psychology. The course provides students with flexibility and choice in advanced coursework in the core discipline areas of Psychology, as well as an opportunity to undertake advanced training in the conduct of a significant research project, and to develop pre-professional knowledge of the ethical principles and assessment and interviewing skills that underpin further professional training as a psychologist.
Note: The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is identical in content and assessment to the Psychology Honours program (via the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science). However, the two programs differ in their award requirements. Honours students require a minimum overall mark of 65% to be awarded the degree, whereas Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) students require a minimum overall mark of 50%. The academic results obtained through both courses are considered equivalent for those intending to undertake further study.
In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- an undergraduate degree that includes an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited major in Psychology with a weighted average of at least 70% (H2B) in second and third-year subjects within the major, or equivalent. In computing the weighted average, the average of the third year Psychology subjects is assigned twice the weight of the average of the second year Psychology subjects.
Meeting this requirement does not guarantee selection.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- prior academic performance.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences welcomes applications from students with disabilities. It is University and Faculty policy to take all reasonable steps to enable the participation of students with disabilities, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the Department's programs.
Students must possess behavioural and social attributes that enable them to participate in a complex learning environment. Students are required to take responsibility for their own participation and learning. They also contribute to the learning of other students in collaborative learning environments, demonstrating interpersonal skills and an understanding of the needs of other students. Assessment may include the outcomes of tasks completed in collaboration with other students.
The inherent academic requirements for study in Psychology are:
- The ability to comprehend complex disciplinary and interdisciplinary information related to the courses taught in the Faculty.
- The ability to clearly and independently communicate a knowledge and application of behavioural and social sciences principles and practices during assessment tasks.
- The ability to actively and safely contribute to laboratory-based learning activities.
Students who feel their disability will prevent them from participating in tasks involving these inherent academic requirements are encouraged to contact the Student Equity and Disability Support.
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council as the fourth-year of a professionally accredited six-year sequence.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) students should demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
1.1. Advanced knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in core discipline areas in Psychology. The elective subjects enable students to build depth and breadth of understanding in relation to two of the foundational knowledge areas outlined by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council.
1.2. Advanced knowledge of the range of research methods employed in psychological science, including how to evaluate and interpret the results of such methods.
1.3. Basic pre-professional knowledge of psychological assessment and psychological intervention strategies, including evidence-based evaluation of these methods.
1.4. Advanced knowledge of ethical principles in psychology and of the current relevant legal frameworks and codes of ethical practice that govern psychological research and practice.
1.5. Awareness of and sensitivity to the diversity of human experiences and cultures and the influence of these on psychological functioning, with particular reference to the experiences and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
2.1. Advanced scientific reasoning, problem-solving, and research skills to critically analyse existing knowledge of a research topic, design and execute a clearly articulated and theoretically motivated individual research project, analyse data utilising appropriate research methods, and interpret results coherently to determine their implications.
2.2. Effective scientific communication skills to articulate cogent scientific explanations of psychological concepts, theories and research findings, and communicate these ideas effectively to various audiences in both written and oral formats.
2.3 Basic pre-professional communication skills in reflective listening and rapport building.
3. Application of Knowledge and Skills
3.1. Pre-professional applied skills in psychology, including use of interviewing skills in situations appropriate to psychological practice and research, administration and interpretation of commonly used tests of cognition and personality, and implementation of a brief self-directed behaviour change intervention.
3.2. Design and execution of an individual research project to address a research question relevant to the discipline of psychology.
3.3. The ability to work effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, with particular emphasis on working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) builds upon the attributes obtained through foundational studies in psychology with advanced training in psychological knowledge, research and inquiry skills, and applications to both research and practical contexts. Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) graduates demonstrate:
- Advanced knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in the discipline of psychology.
- Advanced knowledge of the research methods of psychological science.
- Advanced oral and written communication skills for describing, evaluating, and explaining, psychological concepts, theories, processes, and research findings.
- Pre-professional level knowledge and skills relating to psychological assessment and intervention strategies, as well as interview techniques, to prepare graduates for further study in psychology.
- An awareness of and sensitivity to social and cultural diversity, and an ability to engage positively and collaboratively with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
- Understanding of and deep respect for Indigenous knowledge, culture, and values.
- The skills to be active, well-informed citizens who make substantial contributions to society, and have the potential to become leaders in their professions and communities.
- A high regard for human rights, social inclusion, ethics and the environment.
Integrity and self-awareness
- A high level of self-direction, with the ability to set goals and manage time and priorities.
- A strong ability to work effectively both independently and in groups.
- Advanced skills in self-assessment, reflective thinking and self-awareness; placing great importance on their personal and professional integrity, and on the willingness to explore, experiment, and learn from mistakes.
- Empathy and concern for the welfare of others and have developed skills in managing their own well-being.
The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) program involves the completion of four advanced coursework subjects and a research project subject.
Each advanced coursework subject entails 400-level lectures and seminars, literature reviews, oral presentations, and other activities. The research project subject comprises two asignment components: Literature review and empirical thesis in the format of a journal article completed under the guidance of an academic who specialises in your area of interest.
Students' academic transcripts will record a separate result for each advanced coursework subject they undertake as part of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced), and the research project subject.
This course is normally undertaken on a full-time basis, and is completed within a year. There is, however, provision for part-time enrolment over two years. In this case, students must complete the entire coursework component in the first year and the research project in the second year. Transfer from full-time enrolment to part-time enrolment will not be permitted after the commencement of the first semester.
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) students must:
- pass 100 points at the fourth-year level; and
- achieve an overall weighted average of at least 50 percent for their honours studies.
Some subjects have hurdle requirements that must also be met.
Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|PSYC40005||Advanced Design and Data Analysis||
Semester 1 (Early-Start)
|PSYC40006||Ethics and Evidence-Based Practice||
Elective Subjects (Select Two)
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|PSYC40001||Current Topics in Developmental Psych.||
|PSYC40002||Current Topics in Social Psychology||
|PSYC40004||Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience||
|PSYC40012||Models of Psychological Processes||
Majors, minors & specialisations
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in psychology who achieve a grade average of 75% over the third-year of their undergraduate psychology studies and the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) are eligible to apply for entry to the University of Melbourne's Master of Psychology program.
Last updated: 11 February 2021