School of Psychology

Postgraduate Study in Psychology

The School offers the following graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Psychology: 

Psychology spans both science and humanities, as such students can begin their graduate or  postgraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, before progressing onto advanced study. Some of our postgraduate students come from other disciplines and take a Graduate Diploma of Science (GradDipSc), which allows them to gain a firm foundation of undergraduate psychology knowledge. The GradDip if taken full time can be completed within one year and will allow entry into advanced study such as Honours or the Clinical Programme etc.

Most students begin postgraduate study with an Honours degree. The Honours degree is the equivalent to year one of a two year Masters programme, commonly referred to as Masters Part 1. It is an intensive year of course work and research under academic supervision.

Entry into year two of the Masters programme, commonly referred to as Masters Part 2 by thesis, must be applied for (even if students have been accepted into one of the specialised Masters programmes). The thesis is a full year supervised research project in an area of interest, and is subject to assessment. This is worth 120 points.

In addition to the general Master of Science in Psychology, the School offers three specialised Masters programmes in Cross Cultural Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Neuroscience and Forensic Psychology. The Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc) is a three year clinical training programme.

A PhD is the highest degree offered by the School of Psychology. It is a research degree culminating in a thesis and usually takes three to four years of full time study to complete.

Fig 2. Postgraduate Structure