Graduate Diploma in Psychological Sciences
The Graduate Diploma in Psychological Sciences has been designed for students who have an undergraduate degree that does not include Psychology or does not include Psychology beyond Level I. It requires one year of full-time study, or a maximum of two consecutive years of part-time study.
It includes all the level II and level III courses required by APAC (Australian Psychological Accreditation Council) to enable students to apply for Honours Psychology at any accredited university within Australia.
It is also suitable for applicants who have completed a psychology degree or generalist degree with a major in psychology more than 5 years ago.
The pre-requisites for Graduate Diploma in Psychological Sciences are an undergraduate degree and Psychology IA and Psychology IB from the University of Adelaide, or equivalent from another tertiary institution. These courses must have been completed within 10 years. Students who do not have the pre-requisite Psychology studies are able to attend an intensive summer course, Introductory Psychology.
Summer Course – Introductory Psychology
Students who do not have the equivalent of Psychology IA and Psychology IB are able to study this subject through an intensive course over the summer semester, which runs from early January to mid February. This is a bridging program specifically designed for the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Sciences and is available only to students intending to enrol in the program. This course is predominantly delivered online and has two 2-hour on-campus tutorial sessions per week.
Pathway Toward Registration as a Psychologist
Psychology after the Graduate Diploma
Completion of the Graduate Diploma allows the student to apply for Honours Psychology at most Australian Universities. Students should be aware that entry into Honours Psychology is competitive, and selection is based on academic merit. Honours Psychology is the basic academic requirement for registration as a Psychologist.
Admission to the Graduate Diploma
Applications lodged through SATAC - SATAC code 3gd048 or SATAC code 3gd060 for applicants who need to do the Introductory Psychology course
International applications can be made through the International Office at The University of Adelaide
Applicants must have the equivalent of a recognised three-year degree, in any discipline, from a tertiary institution.
Both the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Sciences and the Summer Introductory Psychology course attract fees.
Domestic students: FeeHELP is available for Introductory Psychology and the Graduate Diploma in Psychology.
International students: Contact the International Office.
According to the Commonwealth Government Job Search Website employment growth for Psychologists to 2014-15 is expected to grow strongly. The range of jobs available to psychologists is also becoming increasingly varied. Further information can be found at http://jobsearch.gov.au/joboutlook.
Psychologists are employed in both the public and private sectors, and work in a variety of settings. Clinical psychologists are involved in meeting the needs of children and adults with mental health problems such as depression and drug addiction, and play major roles in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of people with disabilities and acquired brain damage. In business and industry, psychologists are employed in personnel selection, human resource management, job design and skills training, and product marketing. In the legal system, psychol ogists have skills relevant to criminal investigation and a range of matters examined within the court system and correctional programs. In schools and universities, psychologists assess students with learning difficulties, develop programs for the management of behavioural problems and carry out research into many aspects of human and animal behaviour.