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Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is a one-year bridging program. Meeting core requirements of foundational training in psychology this course is a direct pathway to a fourth year Psychology program. Unlike a typical 3-year undergraduate sequence, the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science offers a ‘fast track’ one-year full time sequence for those who hold a recognised undergraduate degree wishing to pursue psychology.

Location: Online Intake: Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year
Delivery: Full Time and Part Time Fees:  Fee information can be found here
Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time FEE-HELP: Yes
Course Code: PY084  

What does this course offer you?

  • Fast tracked (8 unit) sequence of study in psychology
  • Pathway into honours
  • High quality teaching and learning experiences
  • Competitive unit prices
  • Full Time or Part Time completion
  • Overall Cost of the degree, $19,000
  • July 2020 start – mid-year entry open now!

What more does Cairnmillar offer?

We are committed to making your experience at Cairnmillar one that continues to assist you beyond your degree. We aim to provide you with skills beyond what you will gain through the units of study. So, what else Cairnmillar also offers includes:

  • A reduced price for professional development for our students
  • Free participation in a student leadership program
  • A colloquium program that is inspiring
  • Friendly staff with an open-door approach
  • A number of online tools to assist with writing and style skills.
Course Duration and Structure
The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science course has been designed to be completed full time over a year or part time over two years. The entire course consists of 100 credit points, equally distributed across eight core units.

PSY401 Theories of Personality
PSY402 Data Sciences and Statistical Inference
PSY403 Social Psychology
PSY404 Developmental Psychology
PSY405 Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY406 Psychopathology
PSY407 The Application of Psychological Theory
PSY408 Psychology Research Capstone
Admission Criteria
Students will be eligible for admission into the program if they have achieved a minimum average of 65 across all years of a recognised AQF Level 7 undergraduate degree.

For entry into the course, students are required to submit an application through the Apply Now page, with certified or original scanned copies of the following supporting documentation:

  • Most recent academic transcripts
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate).
Recognition of Prior Learning
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of previous experience. Credit or partial credit towards a qualification cannot be granted in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience unless students can demonstrate that they have been assessed on the competencies. Conditions for RPL are specified in the Cairnmillar Institute RPL Policy.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Students who satisfactorily complete the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science will be able to:

  • Demonstrate high-level knowledge of core psychological theory, research skills, and the associated empirical evidence base
  • Synthesise research and theory from major fields in psychology and apply this knowledge to different contexts to resolve complex problems and apply in professional practice
  • Communicate clearly, effectively, and professionally across a range of contexts including oration, writing, the online environment, and in teams
  • Act ethically and professionally while respecting cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity
  • Demonstrate self-motivated and self-directed learning principles that facilitate lifelong learning and ongoing professional development
Career Opportunities
Graduates are able to obtain work in a variety of industries including health and community services, human resources, and product design/marketing. Those wishing to undertake further study (required to register as a psychologist) will be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) program or an equivalent APAC accredited fourth year program.
Professional Recognition
The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is currently undergoing an assessment for APAC accreditation.
Would you like to talk to someone about the course?
Please contact one of the following:

Dr Chris Kilby (Course coordinator) chris.kilby@cairnmillar.edu.au

Professor Tess Knight (Head of School) tess.knight@cairnmillar.edu.au