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Psychology, Postgraduate Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) Online
Set your psychology career in motion. The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology from Charles Sturt University is an accredited course that satisfies the current minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist. As a fourth year of training in psychology, this course is designed to suit those intending to pursue a career in psychology.


Course highlights

The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology at the Charles Sturt University provides a fourth-year qualification in psychology to students who have completed an accredited undergraduate psychology program with a high level of academic achievement. It comprises five coursework subjects and a major research project.

  • Become a psychologist

    Currently, if you graduate from the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology you may apply for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia. You could then become eligible for general registration as a psychologist with at least two years of supervised practical experience. Alternatively, you may be eligible to progress to an APAC-accredited fifth year program (followed by one year of supervised practice), or an APAC-accredited fifth and sixth year. Both also lead to eligibility for general registration.

  • Theory and practice

    In addition to core theoretical areas and research competencies, the course offers training in the foundations of counselling theory and practice. Elective subjects are offered in common areas of practice, such as health, forensic and industrial/organisational psychology.

  • Transfer to Honours

    You may be eligible to transfer to the Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) (Honours) if you demonstrate excellent academic performance during the first year of the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology. Please refer to the eligibility criteria for further information.

  • Professional recognition

    The Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as providing a fourth year of study in psychology. It satisfies the current minimum academic requirements for provisional registration and meets the professional training requirements for Associate Membership of the APS.

Career opportunities

  • Currently, as a graduate of the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology, you may apply for provisional registration as a psychologist and work in diverse settings as a provisional psychologist across Australia. You could provide counselling and wellbeing services in social welfare positions; work with large and small companies or consulting firms in the areas of marketing, management and human resource management; or work in schools, community services or corrections.


Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Psychological Assessment
  • Ethics and Current Issues in Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology - Treatment
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Industrial / Organisational Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Issues in Health Psychology
  • Psychology Advanced Topics
  • Research Project 
  • Counselling Theory and Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    64 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three year sequence (either an APAC accredited undergraduate program or an APAC accredited Graduate Diploma) within the previous 10 years;
  • a Grade Point Average of 5.0 or better in an APAC accredited Graduate Diploma or in the core psychology level 2 and 3 subjects of an APAC accredited undergraduate program; and
  • the successful completion of Advanced Research Methods in Psychology or Advanced Research Methods in Psychology;
  • to have what is deemed to be the equivalent of the above three requirements from another institution.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24800 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24800 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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