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Accelerate your accredited pathway to becoming a Psychologist.

The human mind is complex, and in an effort to understand it both scientific and ethical knowledge is paramount. By studying the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) program at Bond, 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.

Start the first chapter of your Psychology career and graduate sooner with Bond’s accelerated degrees.

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Have you ever wondered what it is that makes you, you? Find out more about the fascinating study of the human mind at our Psychology Experience Day!

2021 Bond University Experience Days here – Dates to be announced.

Learn from internationally recognised and endorsed academics

Key features

  • Gain practical application of research through dedicated Cognitive Research Labs
  • Enjoy learning in small class sizes and opportunities to network through a dedicated student society
  • Learn from internationally recognised academics and start to build the necessary skills to progress to full registration as a Psychologist

About the program

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. Show more

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. Students develop knowledge and skills of psychological science, research, ethics, and applied areas of psychology. To underpin the scientific nature of the discipline, students receive training in a range of data analytic techniques and research methods used by psychologists. Students also participate in laboratory work and are introduced to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics. Show less

ModeOn Campus and Remote
Due to current travel restrictions, this program will temporarily be delivered using a mixture of on-campus, remote and multi-modal classes to support and engage all students, from all parts of the world. 
Duration3 semesters (1 year)
Starting semesters
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
Program typePostgraduate Diploma
Study areaSocial Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-23005
CRICOS codeThis program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa.
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) Program Structure and Sequencing

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) has two options:

Non CognateFor those students who have completed an undergraduate program in another discipline other than Psychology

Compulsory subjects (10)

Cognate:  For those students who have completed an undergraduate program in Psychology but have not met the entry threshold to progress to Fourth Year

Compulsory subjects (5)

Options (3)

Students must choose three (3) from the following:

*These subjects are taught at an advanced level to satisfy the requirements of an AQF 8 qualification that this program is recognised as.

International students

This program is not available to International Students

Domestic students

Please note that the Non Cognate option is offered as three subjects in Semester 1 and 2 (equivalent to 30 credit points each), and four subjects in semester 3 (equivalent to 40 credit points).  The Cognate option is offered as four subjects (equivalent to 40 credit points) in Semester 1 and 2.

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee. Fees each semester may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $53,220

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic entry requirements

Admission to this program is based on successful completion of Bachelor qualification in another (non-cognate) discipline, or completion of an undergraduate Psychology (cognate) qualification but having not met the entry threshold to progress to Fourth Year.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

Future outcomes

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) is an alternative to the Bachelor of Psychological Science for students who have an undergraduate qualification in a degree other than Psychology. 

Qualifications in Psychology can be applied to a wide range of careers that call for exceptional critical thinking, communication and analytical skills. These can be in private enterprise, government and community settings, in fields such as:  

  • Education – Counselling, Behaviour Management
  • Business – Change Management, Organisational Psychology 
  • Human Resources and Career Guidance 
  • Policy Making 
  • Criminal Investigations and Profiling 
  • Sport and Exercise – Sports Psychology, Athlete Performance 
  • Rehabilitation – Counselling 
  • Not-for-Profit Organisations 
  • Community Action 
  • Marketing / Advertising / Communications 
  • NDIS services including Mental Health Support 
  • Research 

Once fully registered as a practicing Psychologist, graduates can specialise and be endorsed in nine areas of practice, namely:  

  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Counselling Psychology
  • Educational and Developmental Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Organisational Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) is a building block for further studies towards ultimately registering as a practising Psychologist.  

Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging): 

  • Graduates with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on Bond University’s 4-point scale for all second and third level Psychology subjects will be eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours); 
  • Graduates with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on Bond University’s 4-point scale for all second and third level Psychology subjects will be eligible to enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science. 

Bond University’s Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) is pending accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of Years 1-3 on the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia. 

According to the annual Employer Satisfaction Survey published by the Australian Government Department of Education, employer satisfaction with Bond graduates has been rated highest in Australia for three years in a row. 

We believe this is due to Bond’s uniquely personalized approach to teaching, combined with the application of case-based learning that encourages the development of increased analytical reasoning, critical thinking and a range of broader employability skills.  

Our Psychology program’s clear focus on practical skills and the extensive workplace experience opportunities on and off campus, combined with Bond’s employability initiatives such as the Career Development Centre, means that you will enter the workforce with the skills, experience and confidence to stand out. 

Student guide

The Undergraduate Studies in Psychology Student Guide is a valuable resource for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science. The Guide contains important advice about the undergraduate programs of study including coursework information, program planners, research participation, staff information, career pathways, student resources, and administrative matters.

Log on to iLearn to access the Undergraduate Student Guide.

Meet our academics

To learn more about our Psychology Academics and their research interests, visit the Staff & Research Interests page.

Psychology students on the frontline of the pandemic

Bond’s postgraduate psychology students are at the coalface of the COVID-19 pandemic, working in the Bond Psychology Clinic to provide much-needed services for people who are struggling.

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