Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP)

For graduates who are new to psychology, the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (GDP) opens doors to the discipline. Whether you want to gain registration as a practicing professional or continue on to higher studies beyond, this course will get you started on the path to becoming a psychologist.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology involves a minimum of two years of study comprised of a combination of full-time and part-time study, or the part-time equivalent study.

It includes units of study that are identical to the second- and third-year psychology units that are necessary for completion of the psychology program in an undergraduate degree. Upon completion of the GDP you may be eligible to complete an Honours year in Psychology. Please refer to the important information below if you plan to pursue Honours after compeltion of the GDP.

Degree options and study plans

For admission to this course:
(a) You must hold a Bachelor degree from any discipline;
(b) You must not have previously completed a major in Psychology; and
(c) You must have successfully completed Psychology 1001 (PSYC1001) and Psychology 1002 (PSYC1002) or equivalent introductory psychology units within the last 10 years.

In Semester 2, 2018 the Graduate Diploma in Psychology is comprised of 8 units of study (48 credit points). From semester 1, 2019 the GDP structure will change to 10 units of study (60 credit points), to include two advanced coursework units in the final semester. For more information on the content of the various 2018 units of study, please consult the Faculty of Science handbook. This will provide you with a guide for what to expect in 2019.

Due to the nature of the course and the subjects offered, it is not possible to study the GDP at a full-time load every semester. Study plans for both degree options are available below.

The GDP must be completed within 4 years. If you require longer you would need to start the program again.

48cp GDP (Commencing Semester 2, 2018)

There are two possible study plans for students commencing the GDP in Semester 2, 2018.


Applications are now open for the 48cp GDP - for students commencing S2, 2018 ONLY.
Please refer to Sydney courses for full details about the course, and to apply now:

60cp GDP (Commencing Semester 1, 2019)

The quickest way to complete the 60 Credit Point GDP is detailed in the sample study plan below.

Year 1

Study load

Semester 1

PSYC2x10

PSYC2012

 

Part-time

Semester 2

PSYC2013

PSYC2014

PSYC3010

Full-time

Year 2

Study load

Semester 1

PSYC3x11

PSYC3017

PSYC3018

Full-time

Semester 2

PSYC39xx/ PSYC4xxx

PSYC39xx/ PSYC4xxx

 

Part-time

Applications open for the new GDP (commencing in Semester 1 2019) in July 2018. For more information about the new GDP, visit the Sydney Courses page:

Important information