Graduate Diploma in  Psychological Practice

Program code: 5675

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

2 years part-time (2 units per semester)

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Expand your specialisations in psychological practice and take your career to the next level with our new Graduate Diploma.

  • This program is suitable for those who want to undertake studies in another area of specialisation, and who have an approved psychology master's degree and current registration with endorsement in a specialist area of psychological practice.
  • Choose from six specialist fields of study: Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Health Psychology, Organisational Psychology, or Sport and Exercise Psychology.
  • Complete high-level coursework and undertake over 750 hours of supervised placement.
  • Benefit from a two-year, part-time structure with the flexibility to fit your studies around your schedule.

Advanced coursework and supervised placement will sharpen your professional skills in one of six specialist fields of psychological study.

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Fields of study for this program

There are 6 fields of study available in the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice.

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Career outcomes

Clinical Neuropsychology – Undertake neuropsychological research, or practise in the assessment and treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders associated with dysfunction of brain processes or head injury.

Clinical Psychology – Work in healthcare settings such as hospitals, health clinics, mental health organisations, government services or private practice.

Counselling Psychology – Help individuals, families and groups in areas related to personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, work, recreation and health in both acute and chronic life crises.

Health Psychology – Contribute to health promotion campaigns within the government and NGOs, or work with clients in hospital settings or private practice to assist clients who may have chronic pain, chronic disease or require palliative care.

Organisational Psychology – Work with businesses to develop effective selection systems, design training programs, introduce organisational change, facilitate the development of teams, and a variety of other human factor roles.

Sport and Exercise Psychology – Work in sports academies such as the Australian Institute of Sport as a psychologist for weight management programs, sport development officers or run your own practice with a focus on sport and exercise psychology.

Summary

  • Program code
    5675
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    2 years part-time (2 units per semester)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

An approved masters or higher degree in psychology or equivalent and hold current registration as a general psychologist with an area of practice endorsement.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Psychological Society
  • APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  • APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists
  • APS College of Counselling Psychologists
  • APS College of Health Psychologists
  • APS College of Organisational Psychologists
  • APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.

Clinical Neuropsychology

Note: The Clinical Neuropsychology field of study is only available to commence in Semester 1.

This field of study prepares you for practice in clinical neuropsychology through a combination of coursework and supervised practice. This field of study allows specialisation in clinical and cognitive neuropsychological theory and practice in the assessment and treatment of cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders associated with dysfunction of brain processes.

Clinical Psychology

This field of study prepares you for practice as a clinical psychologist using evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention to help people to enhance their functioning and reduce psychological distress. Clinical psychologists specialise in assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide range of issues including anxiety; depression; substance abuse; couple, parenting and family problems; adjustment to physical illness and learning difficulties.

Counselling Psychology

This field prepares you for practice in counselling psychology through a combination of coursework and supervised practice. Counselling psychologists help individuals, families and groups in areas related to personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, work, recreation and health. They are trained to assist people who are experiencing both acute and chronic life crises.

Health Psychology

This field prepares you for practice in health psychology through a combination of coursework and supervised practice. Health psychologists may work on health promotion campaigns with the government and NGOs, while others work with clients in hospital settings or in private practice. They assist clients who may have chronic pain, chronic disease or require palliative care. The work of health psychologists is constantly expanding as the work of promoting good health and managing illness develops.

Organisational Psychology

This field prepares you for practice organisational psychology, through a combination of coursework and supervised practice. Organisational psychologist seek knowledge of behaviour in organisational settings by systematically studying individual, group and organisational processes. Organisational psychology employs a scientist-practitioner method of enquiry, first to seek understanding of behaviour within employment contexts, and then to develop techniques and skills which foster employee well-being and organisational effectiveness.

Sport and Exercise Psychology

This field prepares students for practice in sport and exercise psychology through a combination of coursework and supervised practice. Careers in Sport and Exercise Psychology provide diverse opportunities from helping elite athletes develop the psychological skills needed to reach peak performance, to conducting research and awareness into the benefits of exercise for the treatment of chronic illness.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Government assistance

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $24,530
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice for the 2019 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Additional costs

  • Psychology Board of Australia Registration (approx total for 2 years $1000)

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice is 5675. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Irrespective of professional background, entry to the program will be considered on the basis of previous academic study, experience and personal qualities.

Applicants must submit a statement outlining which area they wish to train in and why, CV, academic transcript(s), and nominate two referees*. Applicants are required to undertake an interview. Offers will be made on the basis of academic achievement, referee reports and interview. There are limited places available for this program.

*Referees should include someone who can provide comment on your current practice, e.g. a supervisor and colleague. Referees cannot be provided by a near relative or close associate. Examples of near relatives are partner, child, sibling and parents. Examples of close associates are close friends, neighbours and children of colleagues.

All applicants are required to have full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and if successful in gaining a place in the program, psychologist registration must be maintained for the duration of the program.

For applicants who need to provide evidence of English proficiency, please note that this program requires a higher level of English language proficiency than the UQ minimum.

Note: The Clinical Neuropsychology field of study is only available to commence in Semester 1.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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