Become a registered psychologist
Join the professional practice of psychology through advanced education!
The study of Psychology is both rewarding and diverse. To become a registered psychologist, students are required to complete six years of education and training. The Master of Professional Psychology at Bond comprises the fifth year of this training pathway. This program ensures graduates are equipped with sound skills in ethical practice, assessment procedures, and focused psychological treatments, ultimately preparing them for completion of the practicum placement. These necessary skills contribute to their effective practice as Psychologists. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be required to independently source and undertake a further one year of supervised practice before being eligible to apply for full Registration with the Australian Heath Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
The Master of Professional Psychology equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to assist in meeting the needs of diverse client groups using evidence-based frameworks and systematic procedures.
Gain professional recognition
The Master of Professional Psychology has been granted conditional accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Further, students in the program combine coursework subjects with a practicum in the dedicated on-campus Psychology Clinic.
Find out if this program is eligible for Centrelink support.
- Undertake professional experience in the on-campus Psychology Clinic
- Gain a professionally recognised qualification
- Learn from internationally recognised Academics and consolidate the necessary skills to progress to full registration as a Psychologist
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 program meets the requirements set out by the Psychology Board of Australia. Graduates will be eligible to apply for full registration after two years of provisional registration. Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership to the Australian Psychological Society (APS).
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)
- Clinical Issues in Psychological Assessment and Treatment of ASD (PSYC71-349)
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 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: $20,280 per semester (based on 4 subjects per semester)
- 2020 fees: $21,000 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.
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 upper second class Honours (H2B), or equivalent. 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.
Meet our academics
To learn more about our Psychology Academics and their research interests, visit the Staff & Research Interests page.