Become a registered psychologist
The study of Psychology is both rewarding and diverse, opening the door to a wide range of careers where you will make a meaningful contribution to the lives of others.
Graduates are required to complete six years of education and training to be eligible for registration. The Master of Professional Psychology equates to the fifth Year of the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia.
Applicants will need to have completed the accredited 4-year sequence of a Bachelor degree and a Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science or the Honours year. At Bond University, this sequence can be completed in 2 years and 8 months. You will also need to apply for provisional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) before commencing the Masters program.
Bond’s Master of Professional Psychology combines coursework subjects with more than 300 hours of supervised clinical practice.
Working in small, discussion-based classes with world renowned Psychologists and Behaviour Therapists, you’ll delve further into the biometrics of psychopathology, advanced assessment procedures and focussed treatment regimes. The practical experience component will be undertaken on campus at the Bond University Psychology Clinic and in off-campus consultancies.
Thanks to Bond’s trimester system, you can complete the Masters qualification in just 8 months. You will then be ready for your final 12-month practicum placement, before applying for general registration as a Psychologist with AHPRA.
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, including Australia’s 2019 Psychologist of the Year, Dr Peta Stapleton.
As a Masters student, you’ll have extended access to the Psychology Test Library and the Cognitive Research Labs. You’ll also undertake supervised clinical practice on campus at the Bond University Psychology Clinic. This teaching clinic is similar to a medical teaching hospital and has been providing counselling services to the Gold Coast community since 1999.
When it comes to planning your career, the team at the Career Development Centre will work with you to find job opportunities here in Australia and internationally, 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.
- Complete your Master of Professional Psychology (equivalent to fifth year) in just 8 months
- The fastest pathway to your career as a registered practising Psychologist – complete the full 6-year pathway in just 4 years 8 months
- Gain confidence in your face-to-face consultancy skills with more than 300 hours of practical experience
- Work with real-life clients in supervised placements at our on-campus Psychology Clinic
- Tailor your degree by training in specialised areas of Psychology
- Extensive access to the Cognitive Research Labs and the Psychology Test Library
- Learn from internationally recognised Psychologists, Counsellors and Behavioural Therapists in small, personalised classes
About the program
The Master of Professional Psychology will provide selected Psychology graduates with a fifth year of professional training in Psychology. The degree will incorporate both coursework and supervised training and practice with the aim to provide students with a thorough grounding in professional practice to meet the accreditation standards set by APAC. Show more
The Master of Professional Psychology will provide selected Psychology graduates with a fifth year of professional training in Psychology. The degree will incorporate both coursework and supervised training and practice with the aim to provide students with a thorough grounding in professional practice to meet the accreditation standards set by APAC. On completion of this program, students will be able to seek registration as a general Psychologist following a further sixth year of approved supervised practice. Show less
|Duration||2 semesters (8 months)|
|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 Professional Psychology program comprises 7 subjects, as follows:
Core subjects (5)
- 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)
- Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 2 (PSYC71-607)
Students must choose one (1) elective subject from:
- Evidence Based Counselling & Therapy Practices across the Lifespan (PSYC71-415)
- Advanced Cognitive Neuropsychology (PSYC71-417)
Students complete 300 hours of practicum. This supervised professional experience will occur partly through clinical activities in the Bond University Psychology Clinic under staff supervision. Some off-campus clinical placement/practical learning may also be required each semester.
Students must enrol in 40 credit points per semester.
Students must enrol in 40 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: $21,760* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2021: $43,520
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 H2B (Lower Second Class Honours), or 65-74% average 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.
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.
Condition of enrolment
All students must obtain provisional registration from the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA) before commencing the program.
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.
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
Please note: This system is the same across all Australian Universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active subscription. The subscription allows you access the service during the 2016 – 2017 intake from the 1st of August 2016 to 30th July 2017. The cost is $25.00 and can be paid for through the "My Account" section in the payment tab.
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.
How to apply
- Deferring offers is not permitted. Students will need to re-apply for the program in the following year.
- It is not possible to transfer between Forensic and Clinical programs.
- 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.
After a further one-year internship of supervised practice, graduates of the Master of Professional Psychology 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 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 Professional Psychology and the subsequent one-year internship are the final steps on the pathway to becoming registered as a practising Psychologist.
Bond University’s Master of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of Year 5 on the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia.
After completing the program, graduates will need to source and undertake a one-year internship of supervised practice (regulated by the Psychology Board of Australia) and sit for the National Psychology Exam. You will then be eligible 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 personalised 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 Professional Psychology 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|
|Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged (in full)||Midnight, 17 January, 2021|
|First round offers made by Admissions||2 March, 2021|
|Offers expire||12 March, 2021|
|Second round offers made by Admissions||16 March, 2021|
|Offers expire||26 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.