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.
Bond's Master of Professional Psychology combines coursework subjects with more than 300 hours of supervised clinical practice and equates to the Fifth Year of the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia.
Working in small, discussion-based classes with world renowned Psychologists, you'll delve further into the biometrics of psychopathology, advanced assessment procedures and focused treatment regimes. The practical experience component will be undertaken on campus at the Bond University Psychology Clinic.
Thanks to Bond's trimester system, you can complete this Masters qualification in just eight (8) months. You will then be ready for your final one year self-sourced practicum placement, before applying for general registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The School of Psychology
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).
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 eight (8) months
- The fastest pathway to your career as a registered practising Psychologist – complete the five-year pathway in just three (3) years, four (4) months (additional one year of practicum for general registration to be self-sourced)
- Work with real-life clients in supervised placements at our on-campus Psychology Clinic
- Extensive access to the Psychology Test Library
- Learn from internationally recognised Psychologists 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 (6)
- Evidence Based Counselling & Therapy Practices across the Lifespan (PSYC71-415)
- 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 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 2022: $22,000* per semester average
- Students commencing study in 2023: $22,560* per semester average
Total program fee:
- Students commencing study in 2022: $44,000
- Students commencing study in 2023: $45,120
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.
Academic entry requirements
Completion of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited four-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 (Second Class Honours Division B), or 65% to 74% for consideration. Applicants are assessed on academic performance, 2 referee reports and personal suitability via interview and psychometric testing.
Applicants must also be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist through AHPRA.
We welcome and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants to apply.
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 AHPRA. 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’.
For more information on equivalency assessments please visit the Australian Psychological Society website.
Please submit evidence of your APS equivalency with your Masters' application.
Students must obtain provisional registration before commencing the program. AHPRA requires international applicants to be physically present in Australia to approve Provisional Registration. This registration is inclusive of an international criminal background check which may delay the processing of the application.
Condition of enrolment
Students must obtain provisional registration through AHPRA in order to commence in the program.
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 the AHPRA registration requirements can be obtained from http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/
- Obtaining provisional registration can be a lengthy process, taking between eight (8) to ten (10) weeks. 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 before they commence their program of study and maintain it 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 Master’s program will be rescinded – it is not possible to commence the program without holding provisional registration.
Bond University takes no responsibility for students who do not fulfil the requirements for registration and admission to the program.
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
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 self-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); and
- Membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
Bond University’s Master of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and approved by the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA).
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.
Application Dates for the Master of Psychology Programs
|Yearly Intake MAY COMMENCEMENT ONLY|
|Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged (in full)||Midnight, 12 January, 2023|
|Interviews and Psychometric Testing||Throughout February|
|First round offers made by Admissions||1 March|
|Offers expire||14 March|
|Second round offers made by Admissions||15 March|
|Offers expire||28 March|
*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.
- The Master of Psychology programs are offered on a full-time basis only.
- The Master of Psychology programs are taught on-campus only.
- Students are unable to take a Leave of Absence from the programs and cannot transfer between programs.
Meet our academics
To learn more about our Psychology Academics and their research interests, visit the Staff & Research Interests page.