Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Join the professional practice of psychology through advanced education. The Master of Psychology (Clinical) equips graduates with the skills and knowledge to diagnose and treat psychological conditions
Work experience & internships
Placements are an integral part of this program. Students will undertake practical placements as part of their clinical training.
This program has been granted accreditation by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and has full approval of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for the purpose of Associate Membership to the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
The NAHSSS Allied Health Clinical Psychology Scholarship supports students applying to commence or already enrolled in a clinical psychology postgraduate courses in Austrailia.
About the program
The primary objective of the Masters of Psychology (Clinical) Degree is to provide advanced education in the professional practice of psychology. The training is based on a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and applied skills required by a registered practicing psychologist with an emphasis in the area of program specialisation (i.e., Clinical Psychology). The program draws from a range of theoretical perspectives informed by contemporary research and practice. The Masters by Coursework Degree integrates coursework, research and practical placement experience. Students complete a series of placement experiences under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced Supervisors, and apply best practice models to a professional standard. Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates are eligible to apply for full registration as a Psychologist, full membership of the APS, and associate membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
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) and for associate membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.
The Master of Psychology (Clinical) program comprises 16 subjects, as follows:
Core subjects (7)
- 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)
- Health Psychology (PSYC71-509)
- Psychopathology and Therapy: Adults 2 (PSYC71-607)
- Psychopathology & Therapy: Families, Children & Adolescents (PSYC71-608)
Students must choose one (1) elective subject from:
- Psychopharmacology and Pharmacotherapy (PSYC71-611)
- Special Category Offenders (PSYC71-516)
- Forensic Psychopathology (PSYC71-519)
- Internship: Part A (PSYC71-731)
- Internship: Part B (PSYC71-732)
- Externship I* (PSYC71-733)
- Externship II* (PSYC71-734)
Students complete the first two-semester internship at the psychology clinic located on campus under staff supervision, and two externships in a clinical community setting under external supervision.
*Bond University cannot guarantee the availability of suitable externships on the Gold Coast. Students may be required to travel to up to 100 km from the University (e.g., Brisbane and northern New South Wales) to complete this requirement. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to and from Externship sites.
- Masters Dissertation - Part 1 (PSYC71-631)
- Masters Dissertation - Part 2 (PSYC71-632)
- Masters Dissertation - Part 3 (PSYC71-633)
- Masters Dissertation - Part 4 (PSYC71-634)
Students undertake a research project that allows them to investigate, and report on, a specialised topic in the area of clinical psychology.
Students must enrol in 30 credit points per semester.
Students must enrol in 30 credit points per 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 upper second class Honours (H2A), or equivalent. Applicants must also be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist. Applicants are assessed on academic performance, 2 referee reports, psychometric assessment, 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.
Students must obtain provisional registration from the Psychology Board of Australia before commencing the program.
Condition of enrolment
All students must obtain provisional registration from the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA).
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.
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.
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.
Key Dates for May 2017 intake can be found in the below table.
How to apply
- Shortlisted candidates will be required to undertake psychometric testing prior to interview.
- 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.
Offer rounds for May 2018 intake
|May 2018 Intake|
|First Round Offers||TBA|
|Second Round Offers||TBA|
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 commencing the program.
Meet our academics
To learn more about our Psychology Academics and their research interests, visit the Staff & Research Interests page.
Meet our students
"I started at Bond University in May 2015. I chose to study at Bond due to the close proximity of the University, the positive experiences of my friends who attended the university, and the prestige of the university. I decided to enrol in a Master of Psychology (Clinical) as I am required to complete a Master’s degree to begin my working career.
The highlight of my Bond University experience, so far include: the small class sizes, the high calibre of staff, the high level of hands on work experience, and developing close relationships with my peers and future work colleagues. Upon completing my Master’s degree, I hope to gain full-time employment in Psychology. Bond has helped me develop and refine the skills required to working in my chosen career and has provided me with valuable work experience so that I will ‘work ready’ after graduation."