Postgraduate Study in Psychology
The School offers the following postgraduate qualifications in Psychology:
- Graduate Diploma in Science
- Bachelor of Science with Honours
- Postgraduate Certificate in Science
- Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology
- Postgraduate Diploma of Science
- Postgraduate Diploma of Arts
- Master of Science
Psychology spans both science and humanities, as such students can begin their 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 in Science, which allows them to gain a firm foundation of undergraduate psychology knowledge. The Graduate Diploma can be completed within one year and will allow entry into advanced study such as Honours or the Clinical Programme.
Most students begin postgraduate study with an Honours degree. The Honours degree is the equivalent to year one of a two year Master's programme, commonly referred to as Master's Part 1. It is an intensive year of course work and research under academic supervision.
Entry into year two of the Master's programme, commonly referred to as Master's Part 2 by thesis, must be applied for (even if students have been accepted into one of the specialised Master's 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:
In addition, 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.