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Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

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CSU's Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology is designed to provide fourth year training in psychology and an avenue to professional registration.

  • Why study this course?

    The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology provides a fourth year qualification in psychology to students who have completed an accredited undergraduate psychology program. It is offered by distance education at Bathurst and Wagga Wagga.

    The course is designed to suit individuals who will commence professional work as intern psychologists after receiving their fourth-year qualification. In addition to its focus on education in core theoretical areas (e.g. psychological assessment, ethics and professional issues, and treatment and intervention approaches) and research competencies, the course offers training in the foundations of counselling theory and practice as well as elective units of study in several common areas of psychological practice (health, forensic and industrial / organisational psychology).

    Professional recognition

    The postgraduate Diploma of Psychology has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a fourth year of study in psychology. It satisfies the academic requirements for provisional registration and meets the professional training requirements for Associate Membership of the APS.

    Transfer into Honours strand

    Transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) may be available to students who demonstrate excellent academic performance during the first year of the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology. Students enrolled part-time in the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology may apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) subject to meeting certain eligibility criteria [PDF].

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates will be able to apply for provisional registration as a Psychologist in NSW and most Australian States and Territories and work as a psychologist under supervision.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology is designed to provide students with the opportunity for advanced study in psychology. This course satisfies the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a Psychologist.

    Students must complete:

    • three core coursework subjects (24 points)
    • two elective subjects (16 Points)
    • a major research project (24 points)

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment *
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology *
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics
    PSY436 Research Project (24 points) *
    PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice *

    * Core subject

    NB: All subjects have compulsory residential schools

    Enrolment pattern

    Subject offerings are divided between Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, with core subjects and high-demand electives offered on both campuses and most electives only offered at one campus. Most students will select an enrolment pattern that involves completing all subjects through a single campus, as outlined below. Note that students can choose to enrol in subjects at different campuses, but that a non-standard enrolment pattern may increase the number of separate trips students must make to attend compulsory residential schools.

    Part time via Bathurst

    Year 1

    Session 1

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

    Session 2

    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics

    Year 2

    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)

    Session 2

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)

    Part time via Wagga Wagga

    Year 1

    Session 1

    Two of:
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology

    Session 2

    PSY404 Psychological Assessment
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology

    Year 2

    Session 1

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(commenced)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(commenced)

    Session 2

    PSY436 Research Project (24 points)(completed)
    PSY437 Counselling Skills (8 points)(completed)

    Full-time enrolment is subject to approval by the course coordinator.

    All subjects in this course require attendance at compulsory residential schools, which may be scheduled at either Bathurst or Wagga Wagga campus. More information is available from psychadmin@csu.edu.au

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    PSY423 Industrial / Organisational Psychology
    PSY427 Issues in Health Psychology
    PSY437 Counselling Theory and Practice
    PSY436 Research Project
    PSY420 Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
    PSY421 Clinical Psychology - Treatment
    PSY425 Cognitive Science
    PSY422 Forensic Psychology
    PSY429 Psychology Advanced Topics
    PSY404 Psychological Assessment

  • Admission information

    Admission to this course is competitive.

    Admission to the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology is competitive and requires:

    • completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year sequence (either an APAC accredited undergraduate program or an APAC accredited Graduate Diploma) within the previous 10 years;
    • a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or better in an APAC accredited Graduate Diploma or in the core psychology level 2 and 3 subjects of an APAC accredited undergraduate program; and
    • the successful completion of PSY301 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology or PSY461 Advanced Research Methods in Psychology;
      or
    • to have what is deemed to be the equivalent of the above three requirements from another institution.

    Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma must include an 'additional information' form with their enrolment form confirming that their undergraduate psychology major is APAC accredited.

    Download additional course form

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    2300*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Commonwealth supported place

    You will make a student contribution (formerly HECS) towards the cost of your tuition fees. Commonwealth supported places may be limited for this course.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a HECS-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your student contribution fee up-front each session
    6240*Student contribution fee for your first year of study

    * This is an estimated fee for your first year of study based on a full-time study load (eight 8 point subjects). Should you be studying less than eight subjects in your first year, the fees would be decreased proportionally. This figure excludes the Student Services and Amenities fee. If your entire course is less than the equivalent of one year of full-time study, then the figure displayed is calculated as a percentage of a full-time study load e.g. 50%.

    More about Commonwealth supported places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    *Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPPGYNNOAGX
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstCGSYNNEAGC
    DirectDistance EducationBathurstFPOSYNNJAGX

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, a student must satisfactorily complete 64 points.

  • How to apply
    Apply direct to CSU

    An online application to CSU takes about 15 minutes to complete. Find out more

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    Apply direct to CSU

    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

    Apply online

    Recruitment agent

    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

    International recruitment agents

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    Find out more about deferral

  • About the School
    School of Psychology

    Whether you study psychology to advance your knowledge or as a career, CSU’s courses offered through the School of Psychology may be just what you are looking for. The School delivers courses at Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Wagga Wagga, as well as online, and uses the disciplines knowledge to enhance human well-being. A psychology degree can provide opportunities to gain provisional accreditation to practice as a psychologist. You could also apply your understanding of human nature to bring a compassionate outlook to a career in another field such as human resources or teaching.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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