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Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies (GDPS) - GradDipPsychSt

CRICOS code (International applicants): 030311C

This program is offered only to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this area of study should contact us.

 On-campus#External#
Semester intake:No new admissionsNo new admissions
Campus:Toowoomba -
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration:1 year full-time, 2 years part-time maximum 
Footnotes
#The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies will be discontinued from Semester 2 2014. The last intake of students into the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies will be Semester 1 2014. This means that prospective students must have completed all the pre-requisite courses prior to Semester 1 2014 to be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies. Students should contact Sciences Student Support via Ask USQ for further information about entry into the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies as soon as possible.

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Contact us

Current students 
Ask a question
Freecall (within Australia): 1800 007 252
Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
Email: usq.support@usq.edu.au  

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Professional accreditation

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing the equivalent of a major in psychology.

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Program aims

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies is available to graduates of disciplines other than Psychology. Completion of this program at an appropriate GPA level will enable students to apply for the Bachelor of Science (Honours). Entry into the Bachelor of Science (Honours) is competitive and not automatic.

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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • hold a conferred Bachelors (or higher level) degree (in any discipline)

  • have completed the pre-requisite courses listed below (or their equivalent elsewhere) within the last five years prior to commencing the program. These courses must be from an APAC accredited sequence of psychology study.


Course  Semester Offered 
PSY1010 Foundation Psychology A  S1, S3 
PSY1020 Foundation Psychology B  S1, S2 
PSY1030 Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Psychology  S2, S3 

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program structure

The Graduate Diploma consists of seven compulsory courses and one elective course. Students are required to have completed the necessary course pre-requisites prior to enrolling in the below GDPS courses.

Compulsory Courses

Course  Semester Offered 
PSY2020 Motivation and Emotion 
PSY2100 Research Methods in Psychology A 
PSY2030 Developmental Psychology 
PSY2040 Human Information Processing 
PSY3010 Assessment of Behaviour 
PSY3030 Abnormal Psychology 
PSY3111 Research Methods in Psychology B 

Elective Courses: Choose ONE of the following courses based on the following recommendations.

Course  Semester Offered 
For students who do NOT have a counselling background   
PSY3050 Counselling Psychology 
For students who DO have a counselling background   
PSY3110 Clinical Health Psychology 

When a student has already completed one of the compulsory courses, a suitable psychology elective may be taken instead.

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Required time limits

Students have a maximum of 2 years to complete this program.

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IT requirements

Students should visit the USQ minimum computing standards to check that their computers are capable of running the appropriate software and versions of Internet web browsers and to check the minimum and recommended standards for software.

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Credit

Exemptions can be granted for courses in the program where a student has already completed one of the compulsory courses or its equivalent. Section 3.5 of the Enrolment Policy allows for exemptions for up to half of the courses in the GDPS (that is, up to four of the eight courses). However, exemptions will only be awarded for similar courses completed within the last three years and the time permitted for completion of the GDPS may also be reduced once exemptions are awarded. Students should contact the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences to discuss their proposed enrolment when exemptions may be possible. The maximum time permitted for completion of the GDPS is 2 years from when first enrolled. Students wishing to apply for exemptions are encouraged to discuss this course of action with the Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences prior to applying for exemptions as exemptions may impact upon students' GPA.

For PSY course exemptions – Psychology courses taken at another university or institution will only be considered for psychology exemptions if the courses were part of an APAC (Australian Psychology Accreditation Council) accredited sequence. APAC regulations clearly state that only courses taken within an APAC sequence can be used for exemptions from any PSY courses.

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Other information

All students, particularly those studying in the external mode, are required to have access to the Internet. It is expected that all students will access throughout the semester the electronic discussion group for their courses (via USQConnect). All official course communications will appear on the course discussion group.

Recommended enrolment pattern

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Recommended enrolment pattern

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem
PSY2020 Motivation and Emotion1111Pre-requisite: PSY1010
PSY2100 Research Methods in Psychology A**1111Pre-requisite: PSY1010 and STA2300. For students enrolled in Program BSSC with a major in BES: PSY1010 and STA3100
PSY3010 Assessment of Behaviour1121Pre-requisite: PSY2100
PSY3030 Abnormal Psychology1121Pre-requisite: PSY2020
PSY2030 Developmental Psychology1212Pre-requisite: PSY1010
PSY2040 Human Information Processing1212Pre-requisite: PSY1020 and (PSY2100 or STA2300)
PSY3111 Research Methods in Psychology B*1222Pre-requisite: PSY2100
Elective1222

Footnotes
**The STA2300 pre-requisite does not apply to GDPS students wishing to enrol in PSY2100.
*PSY2100 must be completed before enrolling in PSY3111.