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Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice

Overview

Build on your core skills and explore a new specialisation through a Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice.

This program is designed for registered psychologists with a postgraduate qualification in a specialist area who want to undertake studies in another area of specialisation.

You'll choose from Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Health Psychology, Organisational Psychology or Sport and Exercise Psychology. You'll study the program part-time over two years, developing your professional skills in one of the six specialisations, and undertake a mixture of advanced coursework and more than 750 hours of supervised placement to help you develop and apply your expertise.

Through your program, you'll be able to leverage knowledge and experience of the academics in the School of Psychology, who are internationally recognised for their contributions across the breadth of psychology and actively involved in clinical practice and research.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Program Code
5675
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Choose from six specialist fields and undertake more than 750 hours of supervised placement.
  • Benefit from a two-year, part-time structure with the flexibility to fit your studies around your schedule.
  • Gain a qualification from the largest school of psychology in Australia, ranked 23rd in the world.

23 in the world for psychology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Fields of study

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Research experience

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Clinical neuropsychologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Sports psychologist
  • Relationship counsellor
  • Counsellor
  • Social worker
  • Sexual assault counsellor
  • Child and youth counsellor
  • Organisational development consultant
  • Change manager

Graduate salary

Psychology (postgraduate)

$69K–$81K

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Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • 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

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

This program is offered as part-time study only.

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.

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia, you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

Contact us for more information

Fields of study

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Clinical Neuropsychology

You'll specialise in clinical and cognitive neuropsychological theory and practice.

You'll learn skills focussed on the assessment and treatment of cognitive, behavioural and emotional disorders associated with dysfunction of brain processes.

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Clinical Psychology

Through this specialisation, you'll learn how to use evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention to help people enhance their functioning and reduce psychological distress.

This includes the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of a wide range of issues. These include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, adjustment to physical illness, learning difficulties, and couple, parenting and family problems.

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Counselling Psychology

You'll help individuals, families and groups in areas related to personal well-being, interpersonal relationships, work, recreation and health.

You'll also be trained to assist people who are experiencing both acute and chronic life crises.

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Health Psychology

You may work on health promotion campaigns with government and non-government organisations, or work with clients in hospital settings or in private practice.

You may also assist clients with chronic pain or disease, or who require palliative care.

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Organisational Psychology

You'll understand behaviour in organisational settings by systematically studying individual, group and organisational processes.

You'll employ a 'scientist-practitioner' method of inquiry, first by seeking understanding of behaviour within employment contexts, and then by developing techniques and skills that foster employee well-being and organisational effectiveness.

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Sport and Exercise Psychology

You'll assist elite athletes to develop the psychological skills needed to reach peak performance.

You'll also conduct research and raise awareness of the benefits of exercise for the treatment of chronic illness.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

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.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $27,200

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

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

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Psychological Practice is 5675

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

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Important dates

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit