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Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

This course has been discontinued - this course is closed for new enrolments, the information on this page is provided for continuing students.

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This course will not be delivered in 2015. Students are advised to consider the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Psychology Strand program instead.
This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a three-year major sequence of studies in psychology, in a program (or programs) accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology is intended to complete students' foundation studies in psychology as a science and profession. The program is designed to prepare students to enter the profession by meeting the educational requirements for registration as a probationary psychologist in the state of Victoria and for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
The program ensures that all students develop basic competencies in research design and analysis, and an understanding of the ethical, legal and social responsibilities of psychologists engaged in social and applied research and professional practice. Students are also expected to acquire advanced knowledge in several areas of psychology. It is expected that students have basic competence in computer and keyboard skills, including familiarity with SPSS. Students may explore topics of particular interest by choosing elective units of study.
Duration1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Campus and intakes  Calendar
Hawthorn - Semester 1
Study modeFull-time
Part-time (day & evening)
Swinburne course codeGD-PSYPG (formerly N0812)

On this page: course description, course structure and units of study.

Course description

This course will not be delivered in 2015. Students are advised to consider the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Psychology Strand program instead.
This program is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree with a three-year major sequence of studies in psychology, in a program (or programs) accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology is intended to complete students' foundation studies in psychology as a science and profession. The program is designed to prepare students to enter the profession by meeting the educational requirements for registration as a probationary psychologist in the state of Victoria and for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
The program ensures that all students develop basic competencies in research design and analysis, and an understanding of the ethical, legal and social responsibilities of psychologists engaged in social and applied research and professional practice. Students are also expected to acquire advanced knowledge in several areas of psychology. It is expected that students have basic competence in computer and keyboard skills, including familiarity with SPSS. Students may explore topics of particular interest by choosing elective units of study.
Please note that many course codes have changed from 2014.

Course structure

The program consists of 100 credit points, equivalent to two semesters of full-time study or four semesters of part-time* study.
Students undertake a total of seven units of study, six of 12.5 credit points, and one of 25 credit points consisting of five core units of study (75 credit points), and two electives (25 credit points). 
Entry is not possible in Semester 2 due to the sequential nature of the two thesis units.
*International student visa holders are required to study full-time.

Units of study

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014. Please ensure that you check the unit entry for the correct 2014 unit code.
All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points (CP) unless indicated otherwise.
Full-time (one year)
Part-time (two years)*
Year 1
Year 2
Semester 2 
HAY456 Thesis B  (25 CP)
*International student visa holders are required to study full-time.

On this page: aims and objectives, career opportunities, professional recognition and graduate attributes.

Aims and objectives

The program has the following objectives: 
  • to enable students to understand and apply psychological principles in practical settings
  • to enable students to acquire knowledge of social and behavioural science research design and analysis
  • to extend skills in formulating research problems, gathering and analysing data, interpreting and communicating research findings
  • to enable students to acquire advanced knowledge in selected topic areas within psychology and applied psychology, building upon and extending basic undergraduate preparation
  • to provide students with an understanding of the nature of psychology as a profession, the ethical, legal and social responsibilities of the psychologist, and the role of the Registration Boards and the Australian Psychological Society
  • to prepare students for entry-level work as psychologists-in-training under supervision in occupational fields such as applied social research, the human services, and human resources

Career opportunities

Psychologists work in a wide range of areas including community health; clinical, counselling or health psychology; research and training; and human-resource management.

Professional recognition

This program is recognised and accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fourth year of study in psychology. Graduates are eligible for:
  • registration as a probationary psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society

Graduate attributes

Swinburne aims to produce higher education graduates who are capable in their chosen profession. Learners bring to Swinburne a diverse wealth of experiences and graduate with individual understandings, abilities and attitudes. Within this context it is the intent of Swinburne that its higher education graduates have certain graduate attributes.
Graduates are capable in their chosen professional, vocational or study areas: 
  • have an in-depth understanding of psychology as applied to several theoretical and applied areas
  • ability to apply knowledge of psychology to applied areas of practice
 Graduates operate effectively in work and community situations:
  • ability to communicate effectively within the health care provider community
  • ability to carry out psychological assessments
  • aware of ethical issues in the practice of psychology
Graduates are adaptable and manage change: 
  • ability to identify, formulate and solve problems
  • expectation of the need to undertake life-long learning, and the capacity to do so
Graduates are aware of environments in which they will be contributing: 
  • understanding of changing issues in psychological assessment and health care delivery
Graduates are entrepreneurial in contributing to innovation and development within their business, workplace or community:
  • ability to critically understand the practise of psychology in the workplace

On this page: entry requirements, pathways, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

Entry requirements

A degree from a recognised tertiary institution (or approved equivalent) with a major in Psychology approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Applicants who meet the above requirements should also note that offers are based on academic achievement, especially for third year undergraduate Psychology units.
 
Note:
Credit may be granted on the basis of other APAC-accredited fourth year studies in psychology and is subject to the convenor's approval and currency of previous studies.
 
Applicants who have obtained qualifications from overseas should ensure that their qualifications have been assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
 

Pathways

For the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, credit may be granted on the basis of other APAC-accredited fourth year studies in psychology and is subject to the convenor's approval and currency of previous studies. For further details for students considering Higher Education courses visit the RPL website.

Credit transfer

For the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, credit may be granted on the basis of other APAC-accredited fourth year studies in psychology and is subject to the convenor's approval and currency of previous studies.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, credit may be granted on the basis of other APAC-accredited fourth year studies in psychology and is subject to the convenor's approval and currency of previous studies. For further details for students considering Higher Education courses visit the RPL website.

On this page: how to apply, course fees, scholarships and find out more.

How to apply

Please note that this course is closed for new enrolments.

Course fees

The total tuition fee is dependent upon the combination of units of study selected by the student. Fees are reviewed each year.
For information about Swinburne's fees visit the Fees website: http://www.future.swinburne.edu.au/courses/fees/index.html

Scholarships

For information about scholarships, visit the Scholarships website.

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