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Accelerate your accredited pathway to becoming a Psychologist

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.  

Psychology is the science of human behaviour. Delving deep into the processes of the mind, it helps us explain why we act the way we do as individuals and how we operate collectively as a society. 

Bond University’s School of Psychology has earned a reputation as a leader in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. It offers the full suite of Psychology qualifications required to gain registration as a practising Psychologist; all of which are accredited by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA). 

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) is the first step on that pathway for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than Psychology (Non-Cognate option). It is also an alternative for students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology but who have not met the entry criteria for Fourth Year programs (Cognate option) 

You’ll be introduced to a broad range of concepts, including: 

  • Biological Psychology
  • Social Psychology 
  • Cognitive Psychology 
  • Personality, Learning and Behaviour 
  • Cross-Cultural Psychology 
  • Psychopathology 
  • Motivation and Emotion 
  • Developmental Psychology 

You’ll develop a scientific understanding of normal psychological processes such as personality, emotion, motivation, learning and memory, as well as abnormal behaviours. 

You’ll also learn to understand, evaluate and apply research methods, and analyse and interpret data by participating in the Cognitive Research Labs. 

The Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Bridging) is pending accreditation by APAC as the equivalent of the first 3 years of the 6-year Psychology training pathway. Thanks to Bond’s accelerated three-semesters-per-year timetable, you can complete the Cognate option in 8 months (8 subjects taken over 2 semesters) and the Non-Cognate option in 1 year (10 subjects over 3 semesters). 

Campus and Bond University Experience

Bond University has been ranked #1 in Australia for Student Experience by the Good Universities Guide for well over a decade.  

This ranking recognises that there is a big difference between learning in large anonymous cohorts and working in small, discussion-based classes where you will be mentored through your studies by world-renowned academics, researchers and practising Psychologists. 

As a Psychology student, you’ll have extended access to the Cognitive Research Labs where you can see how research applies in practice and have an opportunity to work on ground-breaking research projects being carried out at international research centres such as the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Artificial Mind (iCAM). 

When it comes to planning your career, the team at the Career Development Centre will work with you to find internships and work placements, while the student-led Bond Psychological Society organises regular networking events where you will meet potential industry contacts and future employers. 

As for your social life – Bond is renowned for it, with a huge range of active student clubs, sporting teams, swimming pools, the aquatic centre, student gym, fitness and yoga classes, restaurants, cafes and everyone’s favourite watering hole, Don’s Tavern, all right here on campus. 

Want to experience Psychology?

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

  • Fast-track your Psychology qualifications by completing our bridging program in just 1 year – equivalent to Years 1-3 for postgraduate applicants
  • Learn from internationally recognised Psychologists, Counsellors and Behavioural Therapists in small, personalised classes
  • Develop a strong foundation in the science of Psychology and human behaviour
  • Train in specialised areas of Psychology
  • Undertake practical research in the Cognitive Research Labs
  • Network with professional Psychologists and Counsellors at events run by Bond Psychological Society

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
Duration3 semesters (1 year)
Starting semesters
  • May 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • January 2024
  • May 2024
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 (commencing January semester only)

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.

(Commencing May only. Please note that the Cognate stream is an alternative offer made upon an unsuccessful application to Fourth Year.  It is not a direct application).

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 2023: $43,000

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 accredited with conditions* by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of Years 1-3 on the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia. 

*Accredited with Conditions denotes that the School of Psychology is working on some internal updates which in no way impact upon the completion of the program and progression under APAC and AHPRA guidelines.  Our Accreditation is current for five years.

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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