Graduate Diploma in Psychology
Psychology at UNE offers an APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited sequence in undergraduate psychology (see http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/) for students who have already completed an undergraduate bachelor degree that did not include an accredited Psychology major. The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych) enables a student to obtain an accredited three year sequence without undertaking another full degree. The GradDipPsych minimally requires 10 units of study, although this can be reduced to as few as 5 units if sufficient recognition of prior learning (Advanced Standing) is granted (refer below). The period of study is usually part-time over 2 to 3 years; although it is possible to complete this course in 12 months.
"Psychology in a Year"
In fact, at UNE you can complete this degree in Psychology in just one year!
UNE has three teaching periods in a year. So, if you commence in Trimester 3 of one year, you would complete the two 100 level units, then in the next trimester (Trimester 1 of the following year) you would complete four units (2 units at 200 level and 2 units at 300 level) and in Trimester 2 you would complete the final four units (2 units at 200 level and 2 units at 300 level).
Program of study for the three-year accredited major.
The accredited program of study is:
- Complete PSYC101 and PSYC102 or seek exemption on the basis of previous study in psychology or a related area (refer below for explanation on how to seek exemption).
- Complete PSYC200, PSYC202, PSYC206 and PSYC213.
- Complete PSYC301, PSYC302, PSYC366, and one additional 300-level PSYC unit.
With this accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology you can consider employment positions that use psychological knowledge. Positions are available in a wide range of public, private and non-profit settings. Refer to Careers using Psychology.
The GradDipPsych will also qualify you for entry into an accredited fourth year program in psychology, such as the Honours program at UNE. A fourth year in psychology is a necessary step for those who want to undertake further training towards working as a psychologist. Refer to Careers as a Psychologist.
Entry into Honours in Psychology
Honours in Psychology can be studied as a separate honours year in the Bachelor of Arts [BA(Hons)], Bachelor of Social Science [BSocSc(Hons)], or Bachelor of Science [BSc(Hons)]. The program is the same regardless of the course in which you are enrolled. Please note: Students should nominate the BA (Hons) course unless they have completed a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Social Science undergraduate degree.
The minimum entry standard is a GPA of 5.25 across the seven core 2nd and 3rd year units (listed below) plus one listed 3rd year unit to complete the course. Note that a credit or better is also required for each of the two research units, PSYC202 (Research Methods and Statistics) and PSYC302 (Advanced Research Methods and Statistics).
The grades specified above are the minimum requirements to qualify for entry. Satisfying these requirements does not ensure acceptance into the Honours program, as places are limited. If there are more eligible applicants than available positions, students will be ranked using the grade point average (GPA; referred to above), with the top applicants offered a place in the program. The most recent cut-off for acceptance into honours was an average grade in the Distinction range (GPA ≈ 6.0).
If not exempt from Introductory Psychology units, then the 10 units can be standardly completed in 2 years (refer below) or stretched out over a maximum period of five years.
|Year 1||Trimester 1||PSYC101,PSYC202|
|Trimester 2||PSYC102, PSYC206, PSYC213|
|Year 2||Trimester 1||PSYC200, PSYC366|
|Trimester 2||PSYC301, PSYC302|
Plus one 300-level listed unit in the second year.
If the Trimester 3 option is used to complete PSYC101 and PSYC102, or if exempt from the Introductory Psychology units, then 8 units can be completed in 1 year (refer below) or stretched out over a maximum period of five years.
|Year 1||Trimester 1||PSYC200, PSYC202, PSYC366, 300-level listed unit|
|Trimester 2||PSYC206, PSYC213, PSYC301, PSYC302|
Exemption from Introductory Psychology units (PSYC101/102)
If you have already successfully completed first year psychology units in an accredited program, or can claim equivalent, then you can apply for exemption from these units in the GradDipPsych, reducing the load from 10 down to 8 units. The following explains how to seek this exemption.
Under Managing My Course click on Advanced Standing. Apply for advanced standing, and if your case is successful, and you are exempt from PSYC101/102, then in order to enrol in the 200 level units (which have PSYC101 & 102 as pre/corequisites) you will need to seek permission which will over-rule the stated pre/corequisites for these units. This is done through ASKUNE.
Limited advanced standing can also be requested on 200/300 level units completed in another degree and which correspond to any of the units listed for the GradDipPsych.
If you require further information concerning the GradDipPsych you may contact the BCSS Academic Coordinator, Mrs Libby Fitzgerald; or the GradDipPsych Coordinator, Dr Bruce Stevenson.