Message from the Head of Psychology
On behalf of the Faculty of Society & Design, I wish to welcome you to the Bond University School of Psychology.
The Bond University School of Psychology has established itself as a leader in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. We offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate study options, all of which are accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). Our Clinical Masters programs have College Course Approval with the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
By studying Psychology at Bond, students will be professionally qualified from a Bachelors level up to and including a Doctoral level. The range of psychology programs and subjects on offer, allows students to specialise in a specific area of interest or simply undertake a few psychology subjects as electives. Our Psychology academics are recognised nationally and internationally for their expertise and are dedicated to supporting students through their journey at Bond. Our Academics partake in ongoing research, including interests such as: addiction, arson, enrobotment, human cognition and development, mental health, mindfulness, neuroeducation via virtual reality, personality and behaviour, spatial navigation 3D, and special category offenders.
Here at Bond, we encourage you to learn in the now and expand your horizons. We offer small class sizes and a hands-on approach to teaching that enables students to optimise their learning experience through a high level of personal tuition and support. Whether students commence studies as an undergraduate or postgraduate, our accelerated programs allow students to complete their studies sooner, that is, you will have the opportunity to complete a full Bachelor and Masters degree in the time it takes most to complete a singular Bachelors degree. Employability is paramount, which is why we equip our students with a competitive edge beyond graduation.
Again, a warm welcome to the Bond University School of Psychology. I look forward to meeting you on campus.
Associate Professor Dr Bruce Watt
Head of School, School of Psychology
Faculty of Society & Design
The Bond Experience
Bond University’s School of Psychology has established itself as a leader in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. With nationally and internationally recognised psychology academics our research facilities cater to a wide range of areas including clinical, forensic and organisational psychology, social psychology, health psychology and human cognition. Dependent upon the exit point and the specialist area of study, psychology graduates are employed as psychotherapists or counsellors, advisers to organisations, industry and governments on personnel matters, they engage in advertising and marketing activities, they advise the Courts on criminal matters, they administer personality and ability tests, and they engage in teaching and research.
The pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist
Programs of study
Bond University offers Undergraduate, Fourth Year and Postgraduate study options in Psychology. Students who undertake their education in Psychology at Bond can pursue a sequence of study that leads to full registration as a psychologist, and qualifications up to doctoral level.
- This degree is accredited as the equivalent of a 3-year undergraduate sequence of study in psychology in Australia. Our trimester academic calendar accelerates the timeframe to complete this program such that it can be completed in just two years of full-time university study.
- The program provides students with a sound education in the scientific foundations of the discipline and an introduction to applied practice. It's designed to prepare graduates for entry into the fourth year and to pursue advanced studies in a wide range of topics.
- The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) provides students with a scientific understanding of normal psychological processes such as memory, learning, motivation, psychobiology, personality, emotion, developmental psychology and social relationships, as well as training in abnormal psychology. The program is designed for students who have completed a previous degree program, either in psychology or another discipline.
- These accredited Fourth-Year programs can be completed in just two semesters (approximately 8 months) of full-time study.
- Successful completion of one of these programs satisfies the minimum academic requirements for provisional registration as a psychologist in Australia. Full registration as a psychologist requires an additional two years of supervised practice, either through the supervised practice program administered through the Psychology Board of Australia or the completion of an accredited Master’s program.
- This accredited postgraduate study option leads to full registration as a Psychologist (following an additional one year of self-sourced supervised placement).
- This program is designed for graduates to follow careers in psychology, and meet the educational requirements necessary to use the title “Psychologist.” In addition to being eligible to apply for full registration as a psychologist, graduates are eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
- These accredited postgraduate study options lead to full registration as a Psychologist.
- These programs are designed for graduates to follow careers in clinical psychology, and meet the educational requirements necessary to use the title “Psychologist.” In addition to being eligible to apply for full registration as a psychologist, graduates are eligible to apply for full membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Associate Membership of the corresponding APS Specialist College.
The Bachelor of Psychological Science provides students with a sound education in the scientific foundations of discipline, and an introduction to applied practice. Our programs are designed to prepare graduates for entry into fourth year and to pursue advanced studies in a wide range of topics.
Bond's Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) is designed for students who have completed a previous degree program, either in psychology or another discipline. Graduates become equipped with a scientific grounding and an awareness of the theoretical paradigms of Psychology. Students can choose further studies in accordance with accreditation guidelines.
Bond’s fourth year Psychology programs provide students with a comprehensive and integrated education in the discipline of psychology, and the opportunity to conduct research. Students are also able to study in a range of applied areas. On completion of these programs, graduates are eligible to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Full registration as a psychologist requires an additional two years of supervised practice, either through the supervised practice program administered through the Psychology Board of Australia, or the completion of an accredited Master’s program.
Bond’s Master of Psychology programs provide students with the knowledge and skills required to practice as a psychologist. Students complete an integrated and intensive program of coursework, research and practical placements, based on the scientist-practitioner model. Graduates are well prepared to work in the profession of psychology and are eligible to apply for full registration.
Bond offers students professional postgraduate study; the Master of Psychology (Clinical)
The School of Psychology has a large cohort of students completing higher degree research (HDR) studies, including PhDs. The spread of research expertise in the School ensures that we are able to provide comprehensive research supervision across a range of topics, and all PhDs are jointly supervised to ensure an appropriate spread of expert input.
The minimum requirement for PhD candidature is a four-year honours degree (first class or 2A), or a research Master’s Degree or a qualification or combination of qualifications deemed to be equivalent to the above by the HDR Committee. Candidates who have completed more than 9 months of a Masters by research degree and who meet the requirements for admission to PhD candidature may apply to be admitted to confirmed PhD candidature. In successful cases, the PhD candidature will be considered to have begun at the time of commencement of the Master's degree.
English language proficiency requirements
As tuition is delivered in English, all international students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of English language proficiency. More detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements is available on the University website.
PhD candidates who are permanent residents of Australia will be considered for fee waivers – in exceptional cases up to 100% – for the maximum duration of their course of studies. Bond University also offers limited numbers of APA (Australian Postgraduate Awards) scholarships and IPRSs (International Postgraduate Research Scholarships) scholarships for international students. More detailed information on scholarships is available on the University website.
The Bond Psychological Society (BPS) was established in May 2014. The BPS aims to create a support network that offers students a sense of belonging and support, fostering professional and personal development for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These objectives are facilitated through a range of professional and social activities.
The BPS endeavours to provide networking opportunities with local industry professionals and, in conjunction with the Australian Psychological Society, opportunities for professional development and personal growth. In this way, the BPS seeks to enhance the experience of Psychology students at Bond.
The School of Psychology supports the activities of the BPS which are to bring together our students and create a hub for development, discussion and debate on contemporary issues in psychology.
For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/BondPsychologicalSociety