Graduate Entry into Psychology


Accredited undergraduate sequence in Psychology for graduates


Psychology at UNE offers two APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited sequences in undergraduate psychology for students who have already completed an undergraduate bachelor degree which:

  • Did not include an accredited psychology major/sequence, or
  • Was undertaken more than 10 years ago, in which case the psychology major/sequence would not be recognised for entry into a fourth year psychology program, or
  • For those who wish to improve their psychology Grade Point Average (GPA) for application to 4th year.

At UNE this accredited sequence can be achieved through:

  • The Bachelor of Psychological Science under the Admission Rule (b). Eligible students need only complete 12 psychology units, which is half the units normally required for a bachelor degree.
  • The Graduate Diploma in Psychology requires completion of 10 psychology units.

What course should I choose?

While the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Graduate Entry) requires an additional two units to be completed:

  • you are assured of a Commonwealth Supported Place and
  • if you wish to undertake more psychology units from the range of 20 undergraduate psychology units offered at UNE you can within this one course.

Graduate Diploma in Psychology with only 10 units requiring completion can be completed in a shorter time, but:

  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and
  • you are limited to only the ten units prescribed for this degree.

Course details

Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsychSc) with Graduate Entry

While your previous bachelor degree enables the completion of only 12 units, you can reduce this further by applying for up to 4 units in advanced standing if you have completed prescribed psychology units (refer below) from accredited courses in the previous 10 years. The result is that with the successful completion of 8 to 12 units in psychology at UNE you will have an accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology.

The accredited program of study:

  1. Complete PSYC101 and PSYC102.
  2. Complete PSYC200PSYC202PSYC206 and PSYC213.
  3. Complete PSYC371PSYC372PSYC366, and three listed 300-level PSYC units.

View the complete program of study for the Bachelor of Psychological Science for candidates admitted under Rule (b).

For further course details visit the Course and Unit Catalogue.

Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GradDipPsych)

Requires completion of 10 units, but you can apply for up to 5 units in advanced standing if you have completed prescribed psychology units (refer below) from accredited courses in the previous 10 years. The result is that with the successful completion of 5 to 10 units in psychology at UNE you will have an accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology:

The accredited program of study:

For further course details visit the Course and Unit Catalogue.


What are my options after completing?

With the accredited undergraduate sequence in psychology that comes with completing either of these two courses, you can then consider employment positions that use psychological knowledge. Positions are available in a wide range of public, private and non-profit settings.

You will also be eligible to apply for entry to an accredited fourth year program in psychology at any university across Australia, including fourth year programs at UNE. A fourth year in psychology is a necessary step for those who want to undertake further training towards working as a psychologist.


Further information

If you require further information concerning Graduate Entry you can submit a query via AskUNE.