Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies

  • Effective from: 2010
  • Approved Abbreviation: GradDipPsySt
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 1630
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 056926B

This program applies to students who commenced 2010 or later.

Commencement Year 2006 to 2009 - 1630.1 Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies

Psychology is the field of inquiry that uses scientific techniques and methods to understand and explain behaviour and experience. As a profession, it involves the application of psychological knowledge to practical problems in human behaviour. Subjects in the program are drawn from the following topic areas of psychology: history of psychology, biological psychology, learning, social psychology, lifespan development, sensation and perception, individual differences, personality and cognitive processes.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as a three-year sequence in Psychology. The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies prepares graduates for an accredited fourth year in Psychology; it does not comprise such a fourth year.

Study Mode

One and a half years full-time or three years part-time.

Program Advice

Program Advice 

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Bankstown Campus Full Time Internal See above
Bankstown Campus Part Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Full Time Internal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Part Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Full Time Internal See above
Penrith Campus Part Time Internal See above

Accreditation

This program is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an undergraduate three year sequence in Psychology.

Admission

Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline (Non Psychology major or Psychology major older than 10 years).

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas may be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or directly through the Western Portal. Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

http://www.uac.edu.au/
https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

All other International applicants must apply directly to the University via the International Office.  

International students applying to the University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Advanced standing

All applicants will have the equivalent of a three year Bachelors' degree in the AQF framework and for specified credit for any psychology subjects. Advanced standing will only be given for psychology subjects from APAC accredited awards under the university's specified credit rules. The maximum specified credit for the award will be 60 credit points. At least 50 percent (60 credit points) of the required credit points for the award must be achieved through formal study at Western Sydney University.

Program Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points which include the subjects listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Subjects run concurrently on both Bankstown and Penrith Campus.

Full-time start-year intake

Subjects offered at Bankstown and Penrith Campus

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1018 Psychology: Human Behaviour 10
MATH 2006 Experimental Design and Analysis 10
BEHV 2002 Brain and Behaviour 10
BEHV 2010 Perception 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
BEHV 2005 Human Learning 10
BEHV 3014 Motivation and Emotion 10
BEHV 3023 Social Psychology 10
BEHV 3007 Cognitive Processes 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
Summer session
BEHV 3002 Abnormal Psychology 10
(Summer offering at Bankstown campus only. This subject is also available in Spring session at additional campuses)  
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
BEHV 3017 Personality 10
BEHV 3004 Advanced Research Methods 10
BEHV 3009 Developmental Psychology 10
 Credit Points30
 Total Credit Points120

Part-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
BEHV 1018 Psychology: Human Behaviour 10
BEHV 2010 Perception 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
BEHV 2005 Human Learning 10
BEHV 3014 Motivation and Emotion 10
 Credit Points20
Year 2
Autumn session
MATH 2006 Experimental Design and Analysis 10
BEHV 2002 Brain and Behaviour 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
BEHV 3023 Social Psychology 10
BEHV 3007 Cognitive Processes 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Summer session
BEHV 3002 Abnormal Psychology 10
(Summer offering at Bankstown campus only. This subject is also available in Spring session at additional campuses)  
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
BEHV 3004 Advanced Research Methods 10
BEHV 3009 Developmental Psychology 10
BEHV 3017 Personality 10
 Credit Points30
 Total Credit Points120