University of Technology Sydney

C06149v2 Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) (GradDipPsych(Adv))
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: Online campus

Notes

This course is offered fully online.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Rules and regulations
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is a contemporary, practical course that has been developed by leading academics and experienced practitioners at the forefront of psychological science.

This course is for career builders in psychology who seek powerful and positive change to serve the lives of communities, organisations, individuals, and themselves. Students prepare for a rich career in psychology by honing their skills as a scientist-practitioner and researcher in the framework of social responsibility and leadership.

Following a modern curriculum guided by the latest American Psychological Association Guidelines and the Australian Indigenous Psychology Education Project, students of this course are part of an emerging mental health workforce that works effectively with, and for, Indigenous Australians.

The course has been developed by experienced practitioners and academics at the leading-edge of research, technology, and innovation in psychological science – so everything that students learn reflects the latest in psychological science.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is delivered 100% online, allowing students to fast-track their journey towards becoming a psychologist or researcher.

Course aims

The course aims to equip graduates with knowledge and skills in the professional practice of psychology and the independent conduct and evaluation of scientific research.

Career options

The UTS Online Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is suitable for professionals who want to prepare for a rich career in psychology – whether it be in a clinical, educational or business setting, or community and support services. Studying this course may lead to a range of roles such as psychologist, clinical psychologist, counsellor, therapist or researcher.

Registration pathways and requirements to becoming a psychologist
An APAC accredited Level 1 program (e.g., the Graduate Diploma in Psychology) is the first step in the pathway towards registration as a psychologist in Australia. The second step is as an APAC accredited Level 2 program (e.g., the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced)). The third step is an APAC accredited Level 3 program (e.g., Master of Clinical Psychology). Once enrolled in a Level 3 program, students will apply for provisional registration.

The requirements for general registration as a psychologist are determined by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please review the following for more information on requirements and registration:

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Culturally Appropriate: Evaluate advanced knowledge and skills required for research and professional practice that is sensitive to diversity of individuals and culturally appropriate, while critically reflecting on the impacts of ongoing colonisation on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians.
2.1 Psychological Literacy: Justify the application of psychological science to meet personal, professional, and societal goals.
2.2 Research and Communication: Analyse, critique, and communicate advanced theory and research in psychology, including investigation of an individual research question relevant to psychology.
2.3 Interpersonal and Teamwork: Develop interpersonal, teamwork, and interview skills appropriate to psychological practice and research.
2.4 Domain-specific: Apply knowledge of psychometric theory to the implementation and interpretation of psychological assessment.
2.5 Domain-specific: Evaluate the application of psychological intervention strategies across contexts.
3.1 Lifelong Learning: Assemble advanced knowledge, skills, and attributes required for self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology and for ongoing personal and professional learning.
4.1 Values and Ethics: Appraise appropriate values, and ethical standards in psychological research and practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have one of the UTS recognised qualifications:

  • Completed Bachelor's degree
  • Completed Graduate Diploma

All applicants must have completed the following in the last 10 years:

Psychology qualifications from overseas must be assessed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) as equivalent to an APAC accredited level 1 program in Psychology. This assessment must be included in the application.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: minimum 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each subtest; or TOEFL: internet based: minimum 94 overall with a minimum score of 24 for reading and listening, 23 for speaking and 27 for writing; or PTE: minimum 65 overall with a minimum score of 65 in each subtest.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent requirements

Inherent requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course. For more information about inherent requirements and where prospective and current students can get assistance and advice regarding these, see the UTS Inherent requirements page.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course.

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

Inherent Requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are inherent in or essential to the successful completion of a course. The inherent requirements framework for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) is based on the following six themes:

  1. Legal and Behavioural Requirements;
  2. Communication Tasks – verbal; written; non-verbal;
  3. Cognitive/Intellectual Tasks – literacy; numeracy; knowledge and information;
  4. Sensory Tasks – visual; auditory;
  5. Physical Tasks – gross and fine motor requirements; and
  6. Sustainable Performance.

Students should consult the full inherent requirements.

Local students

Domestic applicants can apply directly.

Applications should include a certified copy of any relevant academic transcript(s).

International students

International applicants can apply directly.

International students can study this course in online mode only and thus are not eligible for a student visa to study this course in Australia.

Recognition of prior learning

Students in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) are not granted exemptions for any prior studies.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed in a minimum of 16 months of online study (i.e., One 6 credit point subject per session over 4 x 7-week sessions and two 12 credit point subjects x 14-week sessions).

UTS Online students may undertake a maximum of one subject per session. Approval to study more than one six credit point subject per session will be subject to Faculty approval.

Course structure

This course comprises a total of 48 credit points. Students must complete a total of four core coursework subjects and two research project subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91741 Psychology (Advanced) - Level 1 24cp
STM91742 Psychology (Advanced) - Level 2 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical sequence for a student who starts in Session 6.

For more information, download a course guide and speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about fully online study and a tailored study program entering in any one of the six admission points per year.

Rules and regulations

Assignment extension policy

Extensions for assignments are only provided where there are extenuating and unforeseen circumstances, and documentation is provided. The acceptable reasons to support an extension application, as well as the appropriate forms of documentation, are the same as described for Special Consideration. Students are also required to submit their 'work in progress' when requesting an extension. Students seeking an extension must apply to the subject coordinator by email prior to the day the assessment is due. Approved extensions allow students up to 7 additional days to submit the assignment.

Special consideration is only required for extensions of more than one week (more than 7 days inclusive of weekends).

Professional recognition

This UTS program is accredited with conditions by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Other information

Further information is available from:
email gsh.future@uts.edu.au
telephone +61 2 9514 1448

Or speak to a UTS Online Student Enrolment Advisor about fully online study:
telephone 1300 477 423
email enquire@studyonline.uts.edu.au
UTS Online