Dip - Psychology as a subject
A diploma is a short-term study option that can help pave your way to future success.
Psychology is about understanding the behaviour and cognitive processes of people and animals in their physical, social and organisational environment. As a behavioural science, it examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, it focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, it studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science it studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology.
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Papers available within Psychology
Prescriptions for the Dip(SocSc), GradCert(Psych) and GradDip(Psych)
A Diploma in Social Sciences, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Psychology at an advanced level in their first degree.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(Psych) and PGDip(Psych)
To complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology, students must complete 60 points from 500 level Psychology papers.
To complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 90 points from Psychology papers.
All programmes of study should be devised in consultation with the relevant pathway Programme convenor, Head of School or the Graduate Studies Convenor.
Prescriptions for the PGCert(ClinAniBehav), PGDip(ClinAniBehav) and MCAB
Note: The Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Clinical Animal Behaviour are not available in 2023.
Prescriptions for the PGDipPracPsych
A Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology is available to suitably qualified graduates and is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded endorsed in Applied Behaviour Analysis or Community Psychology. To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, students must gain 120 points from PSYC541, PSYC542 and PSYCH543 for Community Psychology, and PSYCH551, PSYCH552 and PSYCH553 for Applied Behaviour Analysis.
Prescriptions for the PGDipPsych(Clin)
Students considering enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, also meet the School of Psychology requirements for entry to graduate study. Applications must be received by 1 October of the year prior to their enrolment. The number of students accepted into the programme is limited and shortlisted applicants are interviewed in November.
Note: PSYC521, PSYC522, PSYC523, PSYC524, PSYCH526 and PSYCH527 are only available to students enrolled in the PGDipPsych(Clin).
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Graduate study options
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Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology
Master of Science in Psychology
Master of Social Sciences in Psychology
With an approved programme of study the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology can also lead to the following programmes:
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical)
Please contact the school to discuss your plans with an academic staff member before finalising your programme of study.
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There are many different pathways you can take when choosing Psychology as a career - for example, Community Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural Psychology or Clinical Psychology.
It's important to have your pathway in mind when you select your third-year papers, so talk to academic staff for recommendations or work with one of our student advisors - they can ensure that you select the right combination of papers to pursue your interest.
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