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Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology (PDPP) - PGradDipProfPsych

This program is offered to continuing students. No new admissions will be accepted. Students who are interested in this area should consider the MPPS Master of Professional Psychology.

 On-campus #
Campus:  
Fees:Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: Students may complete the degree in one-year of full-time study or over two years part-time. Note that a minimum number of 17.5 hours per week must be undertaken in order to meet Psychology Board of Australia registration requirements.  
Footnotes
# All courses are offered as on-campus Saturday workshops.

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Phone (from outside Australia): +61 7 4631 2285
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Professional accreditation

The PDPP has received conditional accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a fifth-year program in psychology. Graduates will be eligible to apply for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia after a further one year of full-time supervised practice. Graduates will also be able to apply for full membership to the Australian Psychological Society after a period of supervised practice.

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Program aims

The aim of the PDPP is to provide advanced knowledge of the discipline in the core areas of professional practice which comprise the competency standards of the Psychology Board of Australia. On completion of the program graduates will:

  • be eligible for general registration as a psychologist once a further one-year of Board approved supervised practice has been completed

  • be able to apply for positions which require postgraduate training in Psychology

  • take an active role in the theoretical and practical aspects of the practice of professional psychology

  • contribute to the overall development of the discipline of Psychology.


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Program objectives

Successful completion of the program will enable graduates to:

  • be prepared for a final year of supervised clinical practice prior to full registration

  • take an evidence-based approach to psychological practice that is informed by the scientist-practitioner approach

  • have a broad and generalist knowledge of the scope of applied professional practice

  • behave and interact ethically with clients and other professionals

  • demonstrate familiarity with legal and professional matters in relation to the practice of psychology

  • demonstrate a high level of skill and knowledge in conducting comprehensive psychological assessments using a wide range of techniques and instruments

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge and strong skills regarding intervention strategies

  • demonstrate a high level of skill in applying research knowledge and skills to psychological practice

  • demonstrate an ability to communicate, evaluate, and interpret information in both oral and written forms

  • demonstrate sensitivity and knowledge regarding the practicing of psychology in a cultural context

  • demonstrate strong knowledge and skills in the provision of psychological services across the lifespan including children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly

  • apply knowledge and skills proficiently in the workplace

  • apply ethical, legal, and professional matters, psychological assessment, intervention strategies, research and evaluation, cross-cultural issues, and practice across the lifespan.


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Admission requirements

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

  • be able to demonstrate that they have completed an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited four-year sequence in psychology within the last 10 years

  • be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia

  • provide two satisfactory Referee Reports

  • be assessed in a face-to-face (or via teleconferencing) interview with a panel of Departmental staff.


Before commencing the program, students must have General Registration with Probationary Conditions or full registration from the Psychologists Board of Australia.

International Applicants

International applicants must have completed the equivalent of a four-year APAC accredited sequence in psychology and be considered eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Applicants from countries other than Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom, or the United States of America must meet the Psychology Board of Australia English proficiency requirements of minimum scores of 7 in listening, reading, writing, and speaking achieved in one sitting in the International English Language Testing System.

All applicants

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 program is designed for full-time or part-time attendance in the on-campus mode. The program contains 8 units of study comprising of 5 units of core coursework, 1 elective, and 2 practical.

Course  Semester  Notes 
PSY5110 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues  Compulsory Workshops # 
PSY5140 Comprehensive Psychological Assessment  Compulsory Workshops # 
PSY5145 Intervention Strategies  Compulsory Workshops # 
PSY5130 Psychology Practicum 1*  1, 2, 3   
PSY5050 Research Methods for Practitioners  Compulsory Workshops # 
PSY5060 Practice Across the Lifespan  Compulsory Workshops # 
PSY5230 Psychology Practicum 2*  1, 2, 3   
Elective   

Footnotes
# All courses are offered as on-campus Saturday workshops.
*Students are required to accrue a minimum of 300 hours of practicum experience with an additional minimum of 40 hours of supervision from a registered psychologist.

The elective can be selected from ONE of the following:

Course  Semester  Notes 
PSY5030 Introduction to Psychoactive Drugs  External Offering 
PSY5040 Relapse Prevention  External Offering 

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Program completion requirements

Coursework content is delivered in four to five day-long workshops per course over the semester. These workshops are held on Saturdays for up to three courses, meaning that students can expect to attend up to 15 Saturdays per semester. Practicum courses are typically completed on weekdays and may also be undertaken on weekends where appropriate.

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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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Articulation

The Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology does not currently articulate into any other program.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Full-time students

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

Year 1

PSY5110 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues# 1 1 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5140 Comprehensive Psychological Assessment # 1 1 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5145 Intervention Strategies # 1 1 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5130 Psychology Practicum 111Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS
PSY5050 Research Methods for Practitioners # 1 2 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5060 Practice Across the Lifespan 1 2 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5230 Psychology Practicum 212Pre-requisite: PSY5130 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS
Elective 1 2

Footnotes
# All courses are offered as on-campus Saturday workshops.

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Recommended enrolment pattern - Part-time students

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

Year 1

PSY5110 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues # 1 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5140 Comprehensive Psychological Assessment # 1 1 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5050 Research Methods for Practitioners # 1 2 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
Elective 1 2

Year 2

PSY5145 Intervention Strategies # 2 1 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5130 Psychology Practicum 121Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS
PSY5060 Practice Across the Lifespan # 2 2 Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development
PSY5230 Psychology Practicum 222Pre-requisite: PSY5130 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: MPPS

Footnotes
# All courses are offered as on-campus Saturday workshops.