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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. As the final stage of this pathway, the Master of Psychology (Clinical) at Bond, ensures graduates are equipped with sound research, ethical and counselling skills, preparing them for placements in external settings.   

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. 

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) combines coursework subjects with extensive clinical practice, much of which will be undertaken on campus at the Bond University Psychology Clinic. You will also have the opportunity to work on a research project, using the full resources available at the School of Psychology. 

Upon completion of the program, graduates can apply for general Registration with the Australian Heath Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 

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). 

This program is recognised as the Fifth and Sixth year on the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia. 

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. 

Gain professional recognition

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) 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. Further, students in the program combine coursework subjects with a dissertation, along with two practical placements in the dedicated on-campus Psychology Clinic, and two practical placements with external employers.

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Key features

  • Complete your Master of Psychology (Clinical) – equivalent to Fifth and Sixth year – in two years
  • The fastest pathway to your career as a registered practising Psychologist – complete the full 6-year pathway in just 4 years 8 months
  • Work with real-life clients in supervised placements at our on-campus Psychology Clinic
  • Develop sound research and analytical skills working on your Masters Dissertation
  • 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 primary objective of the Master 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 practising psychologist with an emphasis in the area of program specialisation (i.e. Show more

The primary objective of the Master 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 practising 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. Show less

ModeOn Campus
Duration6 semesters (2 years)
Starting semesters
  • May 2021
  • May 2022
  • May 2023
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaSocial Sciences, Psychology and Counselling
Program codeHS-23090
CRICOS code063429E
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

View the Master of Psychology (Clinical) - Program Structure and Sequencing.

The Master of Psychology (Clinical) program comprises 16 subjects, as follows:

Core subjects (7)

Electives (1)

Students must choose one (1) elective subject from:

Practical (4)

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.

Dissertation (4)

Students undertake a research project that allows them to investigate, and report on, a specialised topic in the area of clinical psychology.

International students

Students must enrol in 30 credit points per semester.

Domestic students

Students must enrol in 30 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: $14,007* per semester average
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $14,160* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $84,040
  • Students commencing study in 2022: $84,960

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.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* 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 H2A (Upper Second Class Honours), or 75% and above 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.

Applications are also accepted into the Master of Clinical Psychology Program at Bond University from board registered Psychologists who have successfully completed the Master of Professional Psychology program or a Level 3 accredited APAC psychology program with a Distinction GPA level.  Applicants will submit the same documents as outlined above.

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

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

Bond University calendar

Key Dates can be found in the below table.

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.

Note

  • 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.
  • Successful candidates must obtain provisional registration from the Psychology Board of Australia before commencement of classes.

Future outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Psychology (Clinical) 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 
  • Research 

After a period of practice as a registered Psychologist, you can choose to specialise and be endorsed in one of 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 Psychology (Clinical) is the final step on the pathway to becoming registered as a practising Psychologist. The program includes a significant research investigation/project for the Masters dissertation. Graduates may wish to continue their research interests by enrolling in a Higher Degree by Research, such as: 

  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) – maximum 2 years; or 
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) – maximum 4 years. 

Bond University’s Master of Psychology (Clinical) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) as the equivalent of the final two years – Years 5 and 6 - on the pathway to becoming a registered Psychologist in Australia. 

Graduates will be eligible to apply 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 personalized 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 Psychology (Clinical) 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

Applications open

1 November, 2020
Cut-off date for all Applications to be lodged (in full)     Midnight, 17 January, 2021
First round offers made by Admissions2 March, 2021
Offers expire12 March, 2021
Second round offers made by Admissions16 March, 2021
Offers expire26 March, 2021

*Dates subject to change.

NOTE:

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.

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