Courses Handbook 2006 - [Archived]

187105 v.4 Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology


Course CRICOS Code: 006145A
Registered full-time Duration for International Onshore Students on student visas: 1 Year


This is a general applied psychology program emphasising the application of knowledge to problems arising in professional practice. It provides a thorough understanding of the theoretical framework within which various approaches and techniques have been developed. Experimental design relevant to applied research is an important aspect of work within this course. The practicum component of the course provides appropriate practical experience in the application of psychological principles and research methods to the functioning of individuals, groups and organisations.

Course Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

A recognised bachelor degree majoring in psychology. Entry is competitive with applicants evaluated on academic merit, referee reports, relevant work experience and an interview.

Specific Requirements

Applicants for this course should refer to the Communicable Diseases and Criminal Record Screening and Clearance Section of this publication.

Duration and Availability

This fee-paying course is one year full-time or two years part-time study. The course is presented as a sequential package and it is not possible to commence at any time other than the start of the academic year.

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for associate membership of the Australian Psychological Society. A further two years training, by means of graduate studies and/or professional work supervised by a senior psychologist, is necessary to gain full professional recognition and membership of the society. In Western Australia, a fourth year course in psychology is required for provisional registration. A further two years practice in psychology required for full registration as a psychologist.

Additional Course Expenses

Students may be expected to purchase a number of textbooks, readers and other essential study materials.

Special Note

Students may elect to complete units in Rehabilitation Counselling while completing the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of functional limitations imposed by the major types of disabling conditions, assessment and case management skills with injured and disabled clients, laws and regulations impacting on rehabilitation and the planning and coordination of rehabilitation services.

Course Structure



Year 1 Semester 1

13015 v.3   Psychology Dissertation 591 3.0 25.0
6924 v.3   Psychology 521 3.0 25.0

Year 1 Semester 2

13016 v.3   Psychology Dissertation 592 8.0 50.0
4429 v.6   Psychology 543 3.0 25.0
6925 v.3   Psychology 523 3.0 25.0
Optional Units to Select From in Year 1 Semester 1 Hrs/Wk Credits
4426 v.5   Psychology 540 3.0 25.0
4427 v.6   Psychology 541 3.0 25.0
6922 v.3   Psychology 538 3.0 25.0
6928 v.3   Psychology 531 3.0 25.0
6929 v.3   Psychology 532 3.0 25.0
6930 v.3   Psychology 533 3.0 25.0
6931 v.4   Psychology 534 3.0 25.0


Year Location   All* Internal Partially Online Internal^ External Fully Online#
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 1   Y      
2006 Bentley Campus Semester 2   Y      

The information displayed above refers to study periods and locations where the course is available for first time entry. Students are normally only offered or admitted to a course once.

*The course itself may not be available either solely internally or externally but individual units may be offered in either or both of those modes. Prospective students should contact the Course Coordinator for further information.

^Course and associated units are offered in this mode permitting International Onshore student enrolment.

#Course and associated units are offered in this online only mode and DO NOT permit International Onshore student enrolment.

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