Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology

This course serves as a bridging degree to allow individuals who are qualified as clinical neuropsychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and have completed at least a master's degree or equivalent in Clinical Neuropsychology to upskill in Clinical Psychology. This allows them eligibility for endorsement as a clinical psychologist with the PsyBA and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

The usual part-time nature of this diploma will suit most applicants as, for the most part, they will also be working as practicing psychologists. However, depending on the units applicants have already taken, it may be possible to complete within one year.

Course overview

Course title
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology
Award abbreviation
GradDipClinPsych
Course code
53370
Course type
postgraduate diploma
Status
current / 2018
Administered by
Faculty of Science
CRICOS code
083847K

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required
48
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditation
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology is accredited by: Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC); Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists.
Standard course duration
1 year
Time limit
4 years
Delivery mode
internal
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Werner Stritzke
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (48 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirements
NSPSYC5531Assessment and Intervention—Adult Complex Disorders
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Psychology (00890/52590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Master of Psychology (Clinical) (52560); and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I) and PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
Incompatibility:
PSYC5592 Neuropsychological Assessment (formerly PSYC8592 Neuropsychological Assessment)
NSPSYC5533Clinical Psychology and Health
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Psychology (00890/52590) or the Master of Psychology (Clinical) (52560) ); and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I (formerly PSYC8672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I) and PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II (formerly PSYC8673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II)
Incompatibility:
PSYC5567 Clinical Health Psychology (formerly PSYC8567 Clinical Health Psychology)
NS, S1PSYC5663External Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Psychology (00890/52590) or the Master of Psychology (Clinical) (52560); and PSYC5678 Practicum I
NS, S1PSYC5664External Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Psychology (00890/52590) or the Master of Psychology (Clinical) (52560); and PSYC5678 Practicum I
S1PSYC5672Foundations in Clinical Skills I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570)
Co-requisites:
PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
S1PSYC5673Foundations in Clinical Skills II
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Psychology (00890/52590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Master of Psychology (Clinical) (52560) or the Doctor of Psychology (50840)
Co-requisites:
PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I
S1PSYC5674Assessment and Intervention—Childhood Disorders
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Master of Psychology (Clinical) (52560) or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology 53370; and PSYC5672 Foundations in Clinical Skills I and PSYC5673 Foundations in Clinical Skills II
NSPSYC5675Assessment and Intervention—Emotional Disorders
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (01890/54590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Psychology (00890/52590) or the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Psychology (01870/54570) or the Master of Psychology (Clinical) (52560) or the Doctor of Psychology (50840) or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (53370)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 94, a miminum score of 27 in the Writing section, a miminum score of 23 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 24.

(4) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 65 and no sub-score less than 65.

(5) The UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course does not satisfy the english language competency requirements of this course.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) an accredited Master of Clinical Neuropsychology, or an accredited Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology), or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;

and

(c) two satisfactory referees, as recognised by UWA;

and

(d) a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience, as recognised by UWA.

(2) Applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes meeting the Board's English language registration standard.

(3) Invitation to attend an interview will be based on assessment of (1) (a) (b), (c), and (d), in alignment with the interview quota for the year.

(4) Eligible applicants who are interviewed will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in psychology practitioners.

(5) Admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants under (1) and (4) who fall within the intake quota for that year.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 48 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. This rule is not applicable to this course.

Additional rules
Credit

13. On the recommendation of the School of Psychology, the Faculty may grant credit for units up to a total value of 24 points.