Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Resources for students including administrative procedures, important forms and student support

  • Introduction

    This page includes information regarding the structure, content and submission of work for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology, as well as many of the policies and procedures within the School. Students are expected to familiarise themselves with this information at the commencement of their studies within the School.

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  • Student Manual

    The student manual provides information regarding the structure, content and submission of work for the Graduate Diploma in Psychology. This document also explains many of the policies and procedures found within the School.

    Current Student Manual PDF, 258.54 KB

  • Program Summary

    The Graduate Diploma in Psychology is designed for graduates who are interested in changing career direction, students who are interested in eventually qualifying as a registered psychologist, or for those who wish to study psychology out of a general interest in the discipline. The course consists of eight compulsory subjects and two elective subjects, each worth 12.5 credit points each for 125 credit points in total. The minimum amount of time in which the full-time qualification can be completed is 12 months (January – December). Students who wish to complete the course within 12 months must apply for the Full-Time study load of each Summer Intake. It should be noted that this is a particularly intensive mode of study and students often find it necessary to spread their studies out over a longer period of time. For that reason it is possible to change to a part-time study mode after completing the summer intensive subjects, which will then allow completion of the program within two calendar years.

  • Program Structure

    Course Requirements

    First-year Subjects:

    Option 1:

    Option 2

    Second-year Subjects:

    Third-year Subjects (Compulsory):

    Electives (Choose Two):

    Full Program Structure:

    The complete program structure including subject descriptions can be viewed on the Faculty of Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) website.

    MDHS Study Website (link)

  • Student Forms

    All current forms can be found at the following link:

    Student Forms (link)

  • Administrative Procedures

    Absence/Withdrawing from your Course

    You can change your subjects, apply for Leave of Absence or to withdraw from your course using the student portal.

    my.unimelb.edu.au (link)

    University-wide student class registration closes at the 2nd week of the semester. If you have an unresolvable timetable clash please submit a support request to the University Class Registration Enquiry Management (CREM)

    CREM (link)

    Changing subject enrolment

    During the first two weeks of the semester, you are able to change your subjects without any penalty. From the beginning of week three up until the reporting deadline or Census Date, you can no longer add new subjects but you may still withdraw from subjects without any penalty. The Census Date for each subject can be found in the relevant subject handbook entry. After the Census Date has passed it may still be possible to withdraw from your subjects but in doing so you will be liable for the tutition fees for the dropped subject(s). From week 10 you are no longer able to withdraw from a subject. At this point the University will consider you as being committed to completing the assessment tasks for all of your remaining subjects.

    Withdrawing from your Course

    Students wishing to withdraw from their course may do so by making an application through the student portal. Before you apply to withdraw from your course, you are recommended to visit Stop 1 to discuss your options to ensure that withdrawing from your course is the best option for you.

    Stop 1 (link)

    Leave of Absence

    As a student you may request a Leave of Absence (LOA) for up to 12 months. This will mean that your course is put on hold for you to complete after you've returned from your leave. However, you are not permitted to take this leave during the first six months of your course, nor the final month of your course. For more information on eligability or the application process refer to the following website:

    Apply for leave of absence (link)

    Tutorial/Laboratory Allocations

    You will be automatically allocated to your tutorials, and some lecture streams where relevant. It is possible to change your tutorial times during the first two weeks of semester via the student portal.

    my.unimelb.edu.au (link)

    University-wide student class registration closes at the 2nd week of the semester. If you have an unresolvable timetable clash, please contact graddip-psych@unimelb.edu.au

    Work Commitments

    Be advised that a clash with work commitments is not regarded as a valid reason for changing your allocated tutorial time. While the importance of work is recognised, such commitments will not be treated as grounds for special consideration. It is your responsibility to manage your work commitments so that they do not interfere with your studies and to ensure that your timetable is workable so that you are able to meet the attendance requirements of your subjects.

    Temporary Laboratory Changes

    If you are unable to attend your normal laboratory class you may request a temporary transfer. This allows you to attend a different class in the same week for that week only.

    • You must take the form to the class you intend to transfer to.
    • You will normally be required to provide documentation explaining your reason for wanting to transfer (eg. a medical certificate).
    • It is the lecturer/tutor's responsibility to ensure the number in the class is at (and not above) the official limit.
    • If there is room in the class above the permanent number, you may then be allowed to attend the desired class.
    • You must then take the signed transfer form to your permanent class and give it to the lecturer or tutor.

    The temporary laboratory change form can be downloaded from the Student Forms page

    Student Forms (link)

    Graduate Diploma Student Computer Lab

    Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology have access to the Graduate Diploma Computer Lab -  Room 620 - located on 6th floor, Redmond Barry building. A valid Student ID card is required to access this space. Once you have obtained a new Student ID card, please submit a Student Access Request form so that your Student ID card can be updated.

    Student Forms (link)

    After-hours building access

    There is no after-hours building access to the Redmond Barry building for Graduate Diploma students.

  • Assessment Procedures

    Information regarding assessment procedures, including hurdle requirements, the submission process and late penalties can be found within the Student Manual.

    Current Student Manual PDF, 258.54 KB

  • Student Evaluations and Feedback

    The University and the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences place great emphasis on promoting and monitoring the quality of its teaching programs. In order to receive feedback from students on teaching, the University asks you to complete a subject questionnaire. In addition, you are invited to provide feedback to lecturers or the Convenor at any time. All comments and questionnaires will remain confidential.

    In addition, a number of Staff/Student Liaison meetings are held at the beginning of second semester each year. There is a specific meeting for students enrolled in undergraduate psychology subjects which is an opportunity for students to meet with academic staff and raise issues of concern relating to the course and subjects.

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology Graduation Ceremony

    The Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences recognises the commitment and achievements of students completing the Graduate Diploma in Psychology at an Awards Evening held in March each year. This ceremony includes the formal presentation of Graduate Diploma testamurs, as well as prizes for significant achievement in individual subjects. It is an opportunity for Graduate Diploma graduands to gather with their peers and invited guests to celebrate and recognise their successful completion of the Diploma.

Course Contact Information

Director of Teaching & Learning

Associate Professor Piers Howe

Course Coordinator Contact Information

Dr Simon Cropper

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