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Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science

Guaranteed Offer for Fourth Year Psychology Studies*

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science allows graduates the ability to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Students will undertake advanced training to prepare them for a career in psychology. 

*GPA criteria applies. See below admission criteria for more information. 

Professional recognition

This program has been granted accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

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About the program

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is designed to provide students with an integrated, comprehensive, and complete education in the discipline of Psychology. Students undertake advanced training in a range of methodological (research methods, psychometrics, statistics) and applied areas, and develop competence in conducting research. Show more

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is designed to provide students with an integrated, comprehensive, and complete education in the discipline of Psychology. Students undertake advanced training in a range of methodological (research methods, psychometrics, statistics) and applied areas, and develop competence in conducting research. All applied material is based on the scientist-practitioner model, and evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention are stressed. The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science provides students with advanced education and training in the core Psychology graduate attributes, including but not limited to the following:

Advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge in some of the core research areas of the discipline
Knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation and interpretation of some of the most widely used cognitive and personality assessments
Knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidenced based approached to psychological intervention
Explaining how the science and practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts.

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science prepares graduates for a career in Psychology. On completion of this course, graduates may apply for provisional registration as a Psychologist providing they enrol in further postgraduate studies or undertake two years’ supervised training. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • September 2019
  • January 2020
  • May 2020
  • September 2020
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
Program typePostgraduate Diploma
Study areaSocial Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-23001
CRICOS code063195G
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

This program has been granted accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Under supervision, graduates can pursue careers in the professional practice of psychology including clinical, forensic or organisational psychology, counselling, health and community psychology, research, and other specialist areas.

View the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science comprises seven (7) subjects, as follows:

Foundation subjects (5)

Electives (2)

And any two (2) of the following psychology subjects:

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Domestic students

Full time study is 40 credit points per semester. Students enrolling part-time can undertake the degree over four semesters. Part-time students should complete the coursework aspects in the first two semesters of their enrolment and undertake the thesis in the third and fourth semesters of enrolment.

The below fees are based on an average per semester cost, fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester:

  • 2019 fees: $16,730 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
  • 2020 fees: $17,325 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)

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 if you went to another university.

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.

Entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science include completion of an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, or equivalent.  Applicants are assessed on academic merit and must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.0 on the Bond University 4-point scale for all second and third level psychology subjects in their undergraduate studies. 

Please review the Board’s Policy for applicants for general registration who hold overseas qualifications http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Codes-and-Guidelines.aspx 

It is advisable to have your qualifications assessed in the way required by the Board prior to commencing your 4th year program (i.e. before applying for the program).

Once enrolled, there is no mechanism to change between the 4th Year Programs.

Key dates

Bond University calendar

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.

January Semester 2019 (191)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

 

Midnight, 13 December 2018

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants
 Monday, 7 January 2019
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, 13 December 2018*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 10 January 2019

May Semester 2019 (192)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodgedFriday, 19 April 2019

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants
 Monday, 5 May 2019
Interstate & Other ApplicantsFriday, 19 April 2019*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 8 May 2019

September Semester 2019 (193)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodgedFriday, 16 August 2019

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants
 Monday, 2 September 2019
Interstate & Other ApplicantsFriday, 16 August 2019*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 5 September 2019

*Allows time for applicants to relocate and be present at the Mandatory Orientation

January Semester 2020 (201)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Midnight, 12 December 2019

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday, 6 January 2020
Interstate & Other ApplicantsMidnight, 12 December 2020*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 9 January 2020

May Semester 2020 (202)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Thursday, April 15 2020

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Interstate & Other ApplicantsThursday, 15 April 2020*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 7 May 2020

September Semester 2019 (193)

Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged

Friday, 14 August 2020

Deadline to submit completed Transcript for final GPA if conditional offer has been made previously:

Gold Coast, Brisbane and Northern New South Wales Applicants

Monday, 31 August 2020
Interstate & Other ApplicantsFriday, 14 August 2020*
Mandatory Fourth Year OrientationThursday, 3 September 2020

*Allows time for applicants to relocate and be present at the Mandatory Orientation

Upon completion of 4th year training (at Bond the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) or the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science) many students apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Provisional registration permits the professional practice of psychology and can be achieved either in combination with Pathway 1 (two years of supervised practice), or Pathway 2 (Postgraduate studies in Psychology). Students who intend to apply for provisional registration either through supervised practice or enrolment in Postgraduate studies (eg Master of Psychology (Clinical or Professional) at Bond University) should be aware of the registration requirements in the State or Territory in which they intend to practice. One of the Psychology Board of Australia’s registration requirements is that students who obtain their undergraduate qualifications outside of an ‘approved qualification’ in Australia must have them assessed as being equivalent to an accredited three year sequence of study in psychology in Australia. When assessing suitability for entry into 4th year programs, Bond University makes every effort to ensure that core topics covered in undergraduate degrees obtained outside of Australia are equivalent to those required in an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, however we do not guarantee the equivalence of these degrees. Students who obtained their three-year undergraduate qualifications outside of Australia should be aware that successful completion of the 4th year program might not be sufficient for registration as a psychologist and/or the membership requirements of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Equivalency assessments may be required by the Psychology Board of Australia.

For more information on equivalency assessments please visit www.psychology.org.au Information on Psychology Board of Australia registration requirements can be obtained from http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/.

If you obtained your three-year undergraduate qualifications outside of Australia and intend to apply for provisional registration, please visit http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/.

It is advisable to have your qualifications assessed in the way required by the Board prior to enrolling in your 4th year program (i.e. before applying for the program).

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