Become a registered Psychologist in Australia
The upcoming semester for this program will be delivered in a multi-modal format, with classes designed to support and engage all learners. Whether they're on campus or abroad, all students will be able to access Bond's exceptional and personalised learning experience through dynamic and interactive lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops and lab sessions.
The study of Psychology is both rewarding and diverse. Graduates are required to complete six years of education and training to be eligible for registration. As the final stage of this pathway, the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Bond, ensures graduates are equipped with sound research, ethical and counselling skills, preparing them for placements in external settings. Upon completion of the program, graduates can apply for full Registration with the Australian Heath Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Join the professional practice of psychology through advanced education. The Master of Psychology (Clinical) equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat psychological conditions.
Gain professional recognition
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) has been granted accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and has full approval of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for the purpose of Associate Membership to the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
Further, students in the program combine coursework subjects with a dissertation, along with two practical placements in the dedicated on-campus Psychology Clinic, and two practical placements with external employers.
- Undertake practical placements in the on-campus Psychology Clinic, as well as with external employers
- Gain a professional recognised qualification
- Learn from internationally recognised Academics and consolidate the necessary skills to progress to full registration as a Psychologist
About the program
The primary objective of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) Degree is to provide advanced education in the professional practice of Psychology. The training is based on a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and applied skills required by a registered practising psychologist with an emphasis in the area of program specialisation (i.e. Show more
The primary objective of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) Degree is to provide advanced education in the professional practice of Psychology. The training is based on a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and applied skills required by a registered practising psychologist with an emphasis in the area of program specialisation (i.e., Clinical Psychology). The program draws from a range of theoretical perspectives informed by contemporary research and practice. The Masters by Coursework Degree integrates coursework, research and practical placement experience. Students complete a series of placement experiences under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced Supervisors, and apply best practice models to a professional standard. Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates are eligible to apply for full registration as a Psychologist, full membership of the APS, and associate membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Show less
|Mode||On 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.
|Duration||6 semesters (2 years)|
|Program type||Masters Coursework|
|Study area||Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling|
|Credit for prior study||For more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]|
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) program comprises 16 subjects, as follows:
Core subjects (7)
- Counselling Psychotherapies and Clinical Skills (PSYC71-503)
- Advanced Psychological Assessment (PSYC71-504)
- Research Methods, Professional Practice and Ethics (PSYC71-505)
- Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 1 (PSYC71-506)
- Health Psychology (PSYC71-509)
- Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 2 (PSYC71-607)
- Psychopathology & Therapy: Families, Children & Adolescents (PSYC71-608)
Students must choose one (1) elective subject from:
- Internship: Part A (PSYC71-731)
- Internship: Part B (PSYC71-732)
- Externship I* (PSYC71-733)
- Externship II* (PSYC71-734)
Students complete the first two-semester internship at the psychology clinic located on campus under staff supervision, and two externships in a clinical community setting under external supervision.
*Bond University cannot guarantee the availability of suitable externships on the Gold Coast. Students may be required to travel to up to 100 km from the University (e.g., Brisbane and northern New South Wales) to complete this requirement. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Externship sites.
- Masters Dissertation - Part 1 (PSYC71-631)
- Masters Dissertation - Part 2 (PSYC71-632)
- Masters Dissertation - Part 3 (PSYC71-633)
- Masters Dissertation - Part 4 (PSYC71-634)
Students undertake a research project that allows them to investigate, and report on, a specialised topic in the area of clinical psychology.
Students must enrol in 30 credit points per semester.
Students must enrol in 30 credit points per semester.
The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.
Semester program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2021: $15,247* per semester average
- Students commencing study in 2022: $15,247* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2021: $91,480
- Students commencing study in 2022: $91,480
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.
* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.
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
Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited 4 year sequence of study in psychology (e.g., Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours); Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science or equivalent) within the last 10 years, and have achieved a minimum of one of H2A (Upper Second Class Honours), or 75% and above for consideration. Applicants must also be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist. Applicants are assessed on academic performance, 2 referee reports and personal suitability via interview.
Applications are also accepted into the Master of Clinical Psychology Program at Bond University from board registered Psychologists who have successfully completed the Master of Professional Psychology program or a Level 3 accredited APAC psychology program with a Distinction GPA level. Applicants will submit the same documents as outlined above.
Students who have obtained their qualifications outside Australia must have their qualifications assessed prior to applying for this program and prior to applying for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. The Australian Psychological Society (APS) provides this assessment service for the Board and the assessment assists the Board in determining if the student’s qualifications are equivalent to an ‘approved qualification’. However, it is important to note the final decision on equivalence rests with the Board. For more information on equivalency assessments please visit Australian Psychological Society.
If you obtained your qualifications outside Australia please submit evidence of your APS equivalency below.
Students must obtain provisional registration from the Psychology Board of Australia before commencing the program.
Condition of enrolment
All students must obtain provisional registration from the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA).
Important notes for students
Referee Reports are to be uploaded via the National Psychology Referee System. For details on how to use the system, please go to: http://psych.hosted-sites.deakin.edu.au/psych-reference-user-guide/story.html
Information on Psychology Board of Australia registration requirements can be obtained from http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/
Obtaining provisional registration can be a lengthy process. The University will assist students as far as possible with their application to the Board.
Under the National Law, students must obtain provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia before they commence their program of study, and for the duration of the program. In the event that the Registration Board refuses an application for provisional registration, the offer of candidature in the program will be rescinded – it is not possible to complete the program without holding provisional registration as a psychologist.
Bond University takes no responsibility for students who do not fulfil the requirements for registration and admission to the program.
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.
Key Dates can be found in the below table.
How to apply
- Deferring offers is not permitted. Students will need to re-apply for the program in the following year.
- These programs are offered on a full-time basis only.
- Successful candidates must obtain provisional registration from the Psychology Board of Australia before commencement of classes.
Graduates of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) will be eligible for registration as a practising Psychologist.
This opens the doors to a wide range of rewarding career opportunities in a medical setting within healthcare organisations, consultancies and private practice.
Opportunities also exist in broader industry and community settings 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
After a period of practice as a registered Psychologist, you can choose to specialise and be endorsed in one of 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 Master of Psychology (Clinical) is the final step on the pathway to becoming registered as a practising Psychologist. The program includes a significant research investigation/project for the Masters dissertation. Graduates may wish to continue their research interests by enrolling in a Higher Degree by Research, such as:
- Master of Philosophy (MPhil) – maximum 2 years; or
- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – maximum 4 years.
Bond University’s Master of Psychology (Clinical) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of the final two years – Years 5 and 6 - on the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia.
Graduates will be eligible to apply for:
- General registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
- Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS);
- Associate Membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
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.
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) program is based on a scientist-practitioner model, giving students the knowledge and applied skills required to practise as a Psychologist.
This focus on practical skills, combined with Bond’s employability initiatives such as the Career Development Centre, on and off-campus industry and work experience opportunities, means you will enter the workforce with the skills, experience and employability to stand out.
Offer rounds for May 2021 intake
|May 2021 Intake|
|1 November, 2020|
|Applications Close||Midnight, 17 January, 2021|
|First Round Offers||2 March, 2021|
|12 March, 2021|
|Second Round Offers||16 March, 2021|
|Offers Expire||24 March, 2021|
*Dates subject to change.
Students are asked to apply for both Programs, giving their preference (eligibility will still be determined on GPA).
Deferring offers is not permitted. Students will need to re-apply for the program in the following year.
These programs are offered on a full-time basis only. Students are unable to take a Leave of Absence from the programs and cannot transfer between programs.
Successful candidates must obtain provisional registration from the Psychology Board of Australia via AHPRA before commencing in the program.
Meet our academics
To learn more about our Psychology Academics and their research interests, visit the Staff & Research Interests page.