Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology

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  • Objectives
    This program prepares graduates for entry into a career in psychology (ie provisional registration as a psychologist in addition to two years of supervised training). The program also prepares graduates for the fifth and sixth years of their professional training.
  • Practical experience
    Work Experience & Internships There are no provisions in this program for Work Experience and Internships.
  • Entry requirements
    Completion of an accredited three-year sequence of study in psychology in Australia, or the bridging Graduate Diploma of Psychology, 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. Where students have not achieved this level or competition for places has excluded them, students may enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Psychology with advanced standing. Important notes for students: Upon completion of 4th year training many students apply for probationary registration as a psychologist. Probationary registration permits the professional practice of psychology and can be achieved either through Pathway 1 (two years of supervised practice), or Pathway 2 (Postgraduate studies in Psychology). Students who intend to apply for probationary registration either through supervised practice or enrolment in Postgraduate studies (eg Master of Psychology (Clinical or Forensic) at Bond University) should be aware of the registration requirements. One of the Psychologists Board of Queensland registration requirements is that students who obtain their undergraduate qualifications outside of an ‘approved qualification’ in Australia or New Zealand 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). The APS typically carries out equivalency assessments on behalf of the Psychologists Board of Queensland. For more information on equivalency assessments please visit Information on Psychologists Board of Queensland registration requirements can be obtained from If you obtained your three-year undergraduate qualifications outside of Australia and intend to apply for probationary registration, please visit It is advisable to have your qualifications assessed in the way required by the Board prior to enrolling in your 4th year program.
  • Academic title
    Postgraduate Diploma of Psychology
  • Course description
    Professional Outcomes

    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.


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


    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.

    Fourth year studies are usually extremely demanding, and in order to stay on track, students are expected to attend all classes. Full-time students are expected to devote at least 40 hours per week to program-related work, whereas part-time students are expected to devote at least 20 hours per week. It is suggested that commitments outside university (e.g., work) are kept to a minimum, wherever possible.

    International Students: Students must undertake four subjects per semester (equivalent to 40 credit points) to fulfil student visa requirements.

    Bond's Teaching methodology involves a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, examinations, projects, presentations, assignments and computer labs.

    Program Structure
    Foundation (5)

        * PSYC71-400 Diploma Thesis 1: Research Seminar and Ethics
        * PSYC72-420 Diploma Thesis 2 (20 credit points)
        * PSYC71-410 Human Experimental Psychology
        * PSYC71-409 Multivariate Research Methods
        * PSYC71-403 Principles of Psychological Assessment

    Electives (2)

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

        * PSYC71-404 Clinical Psychology
        * PSYC71-405 Community and Health Psychology
        * PSYC71-407 Forensic Psychology
        * PSYC71-411 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
        * PSYC71-408 Neuropsychology
        * PSYC71-413 The Scientist Practitioner Model
        * PSYC71-414 Social Cognition

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