Master of Psychology (Forensic)

Receive an advanced education in the professional practice of psychology with a Master of Psychology (Forensic). Graduates will become specialised in forensic psychology through knowledge and applied skills. 

Work experience & internships

Placements are an integral part of this program. Students will undertake practical placements as part of their training.

Professional recognition

This program is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditaion Council (APAC) and has full approval of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for the purpose of Associate Membership to the APS College of Forensic Psychologists.

About the program

The primary objective of the Masters of Psychology (Forensic) 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., Forensic Psychology). The programs draw 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 Forensic Psychologists.

This program is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditaion Council (APAC) and has full approval of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) for the purpose of Associate Membership to the APS College of Forensic 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 Forensic Psychologists.

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

The Master of Psychology (Forensic) 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 forensic psychology.

International Students

Students must undertake 30 credit points per semester.

Domestic Students

Students must undertake 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. Students should contact a Program Advisor for further assistance.

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.

Key dates

Key Dates for January 2017 intake can be found in the below table.

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.

Offer rounds for January 2018 intake

Offer rounds for January 2018 intake

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Note:

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.

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Testimonials

"I was fascinated by psychopathology and found that psychological theory and research can be applied to address and better understand aspects of the criminal justice system. Bond has offered me a great opportunity to complete my Masters in Psychology (Forensic) and the Bond University Psychology Clinic has equipped me with enriching practical experience."