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  • Provides accredited fourth-year training for applicants with accredited three-year degree.
  • Graduate eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Provides an opportunity for advanced study and research.
  • Complete a research component, which includes a group thesis.
QUT course code PY20
Attendance Part-time or Full-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Start month 2016 February
Note: Closing date for applications is 30th September of the previous year in which you are applying for entry.
Delivery On campus
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The Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science (Psychology) builds on an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC)-accredited undergraduate psychology degree and provides an opportunity for advanced study and research.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the fourth-year psychology program have skills that can be applied to a variety of professional areas and may choose career paths in government health services, with private psychology practices, or alternatively in a range of other disciplines including business, justice and administration.

Professional recognition

The Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science (Psychology) provides an APAC-accredited fourth year of training. Graduates of this course are eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Further study of either two years of supervised work experience or the completion of an appropriate higher degree (e.g. Master of Clinical Psychology or Master of Psychology - Educational and Developmental) will allow graduates to be fully accredited and able to obtain registration from the Psychology Board of Australia.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science (Psychology)

The course comprises eight units and can be completed in full-time or part-time study mode.

Core units include PYB407 Research and Professional Development Seminar and one advanced research methods unit in quantitative or qualitative research such as PYB401 Advanced Research Methods, plus electives from advanced cognitive, organisational, counselling, developmental, and social theory. These units have three contact hours per week.

The course also includes a research component which entails a group thesis. PYB450 Research Thesis is undertaken in modules throughout the program. Students complete an independent review of the literature and prepare an outline for a research proposal as the basis of a negotiated group project. For the project, students jointly collect and then independently analyse and write up the data. Contact hours for the research component are as required by the supervisor.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

A completed recognised recognised bachelor degree in psychology completed within the last ten years; and

The bachelor degree is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as an entry point into an honours program, for example, QUT's Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Honours Psychology) degree.

Applicants with APAC-accredited bachelor studies from an institution other than QUT must provide evidence of their eligibility to undertake an honours program at their home institution

Applicants with overseas qualifications must provide certification from the Australian Psychological Society stating their degree is equivalent to APAC-approved, three-year training in psychology. Please note APS advises the average processing time is eight weeks, therefore applicants with overseas qualifications need to seek certification by no later than July.

Additional entry requirement

  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.0 (on QUT's 7-point scale) for each of the APAC-accredited second and third year psychology units listed below; and
  • A minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 across all attempts of the listed APAC accredited second- and third-year psychology units listed below.
The required APAC-accredited second and third year psychology units at QUT are:
  • PYB202 Social and organisational psychology
  • PYB203 Developmental psychology
  • PYB204 Cognition and perception
  • PYB210 Research design and data analysis
  • PYB304 Physiological psychology
  • PYB306 Psychopathology
  • PYB309 Individual differences and assessment
  • PYB350 Advanced statistical analysis
Similar APAC-accredited subjects are required for studies completed at another institution.

Additional information

As this course is competitive and applications are pooled, the grade average(s) for entry may be higher than the minimum standard given above.
Please note if you completed your psychology degree more than ten years ago you may not gain provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Closing date

Applications close on 30 September of the previous year.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2016: $11,600 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You'll need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments


How to apply for Graduate Diploma in Behavioural Science (Psychology)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

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You're ready if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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