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This course provides advanced academic and practical postgraduate training at a level sufficient to meet the criteria for registration as a practicing psychologist and for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. Read more

Specialised training

This course provides advanced academic and practical postgraduate training at a level sufficient to meet the criteria for registration as a practicing psychologist and for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
For those who wish to become members of the Australian Psychology Society this course also meets requirements for a fifth or sixth year of academic training.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Master of Psychology (Clinical), graduates will be able to:
*Integrate advanced understanding of a complex body of knowledge, including recent developments, in the field of clinical psychology and related areas of clinical practice
*Apply knowledge of research principles, methods and ethics to design and conduct scientific investigations that address complex psychological questions
*Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of clinical practice including application of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and outcome evaluation
*Analyse, synthesise and evaluate theoretical propositions, research methodologies and evidence bases in clinical psychology
*Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate complex concepts, data, arguments, conclusions and professional decisions, appropriate for specialist and non-specialist audiences
*Exercise expert judgement and a high level of autonomy and accountability to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse research and clinical practice contexts
*Adapt and apply research skills and psychological understanding, including where appropriate knowledge of cultural diversity, to investigate complex human behaviour with some independence.

Award title

MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGY (CLINICAL) MPsych(Clin)

Course articulation

Students who complete this course are eligible for entry to the Doctor of Psychology, and may be granted up to 24 credit points of advanced standing for appropriate subjects completed under this course.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3c - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 7.0), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

The Department of Psychology at James Cook University has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.
Tutorial classes are amongst the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalized assistance. The Department has very well-equipped, modern facilities on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses and excellent research infrastructure.

Application deadlines

• Last Friday in October for commencement in semester one (February) the following year

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Become a registered Psychologist. The study of Psychology is both rewarding and diverse. Graduates are required to complete six years of education and training to be eligible for registration. Read more

Become a registered Psychologist

The study of Psychology is both rewarding and diverse. 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. Upon completion of the program, graduates can apply for full Registration with the Australian Heath Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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.

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.

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. 

Structure and subjects

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.



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Gain advanced training in clinical psychology, as well as a detailed knowledge of the tools and techniques used by clinical psychologists, with our Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology program. Read more

Specialised training

Gain advanced training in clinical psychology, as well as a detailed knowledge of the tools and techniques used by clinical psychologists, with our Postgraduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology program. You will also:
*Learn how to assess and diagnose child and adult psychopathology;
*learn about the various treatment options
*gain an understanding of the interaction between physical health and psychological health.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Psychology, graduates will be able to:
*Integrate specialised theoretical and technical knowledge in the field of clinical psychology and related areas of clinical practice
*Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of professional practice, interventions and interactions
*Analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge and evidence bases underpinning clinical practice
*Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate complex knowledge, concepts, data and arguments, appropriate for a variety of audiences
*Exercise high-level judgement and initiative to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse clinical practice contexts.

Award title

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (GCertClinPsych)

Course articulation

Candidates who achieve a Distinction average in all subjects, and who otherwise satisfy the requirements, may apply for admission to the Master of Psychology or Graduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology or Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology, and receive full advanced standing for subjects completed.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3c - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 7.0), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Who is this course for?

Our Postgraduate Certificate program is designed for psychologists who have completed an APS-accredited four-year training sequence and are seeking specialised postgraduate training.
Please note, this course provides fifth-year credentials and does not provide an APAC accredited fourth-year equivalent.

Why JCU?

The Department of Psychology at James Cook University has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.
Tutorial classes are amongst the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalized assistance. The Department has very well-equipped, modern facilities on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses and excellent research infrastructure.

Application deadlines

• Last Friday in October for commencement in semester one (February) the following year

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Gain advanced training in clinical psychology, as well as a detailed knowledge of the tools and techniques used by clinical psychologists, with our Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology program. Read more

Specialised training

Gain advanced training in clinical psychology, as well as a detailed knowledge of the tools and techniques used by clinical psychologists, with our Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology program. You will also:
*Learn how to assess and diagnose child and adult psychopathology;
*learn about the various treatment options
*gain an understanding of the interaction between physical health and psychological health.

Who is this course for?

Our Postgraduate Diploma program is designed for psychologists who have completed an APS-accredited four-year training sequence and are seeking specialised postgraduate training.
Please note, this course provides fifth-year credentials and does not provide an APAC accredited fourth-year equivalent.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology, graduates will be able to:
*Integrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the field of clinical psychology and related areas of clinical practice
*Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of clinical practice including application of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and outcome evaluation
*Analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge and evidence bases underpinning clinical practice
*Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate complex knowledge, concepts, data and arguments, appropriate for a variety of audiences
*Exercise high-level judgement and initiative to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse clinical practice contexts.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (GDipClinPsych)

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3c - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 7.0), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

The Department of Psychology at James Cook University has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.
Tutorial classes are amongst the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalized assistance. The Department has very well-equipped, modern facilities on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses and excellent research infrastructure.

Application deadlines

• Last Friday in October for commencement in semester one (February) the following year

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About the program. The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is designed to provide students with an integrated, comprehensive, and complete education in the discipline of psychology. Read more

About the program

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science is designed to provide students with an integrated, comprehensive, and complete education in the discipline of psychology. Students undertake advanced training in a range of methodological (research methods, psychometrics, statistics) and applied areas, and develop competence in conducting research. All applied material is based on the scientist-practitioner model, and evidence-based approaches to psychological intervention are stressed. The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science provides students with advanced education and training in the core psychology graduate attributes, including but not limited to the following: Advanced theoretical and empirical knowledge in some of the core research areas of the discipline Knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning the construction, implementation and interpretation of some of the most widely used cognitive and personality assessments Knowledge of the theoretical and empirical bases underpinning evidenced based approached to psychological intervention Explaining how the science and practice of psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts. The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science prepares graduates for a career in psychology. On completion of this course, graduates may apply for provisional registration as a psychologist providing they enrol in further postgraduate studies or undertake two years’ supervised training. 

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.

Professional recognition

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

Structure and subjects

View the Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science - Program Structure and Sequencing

The Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science comprises seven (7) subjects, as follows:

Foundation subjects (5)

Electives (2)

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

International students

To fulfil your student visa requirements, you will need to enrol in 40 credit points per semester.

Domestic students

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.



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JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology is designed for psychologists who have completed an APS-accredited 4-year training sequence and are seeking specialised, intensive, postgraduate training. Read more
JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology is designed for psychologists who have completed an APS-accredited 4-year training sequence and are seeking specialised, intensive, postgraduate training. It provides training in the key skills valuable in practice settings for work with older adults.
This course articulates into the Master of Psychology, to enable students to upgrade and extend their professional training.
Graduates will gain:
*Detailed knowledge of the tools and techniques used by clinical geropsychologists who work with older adults;
*Full professional awareness of the ethical issues that arise when working in clinical and community settings with older adults;
*Detailed knowledge of the assessment and diagnosis of adult and older adult sychopathology and various treatment options; and
*Detailed understanding of the interaction between physical health and psychological health.

This course is offered in limited attendance mode, which combines distance education with on-campus workshops.

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology, graduates will be able to:
*Integrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the field of geropsychology and related areas of clinical practice
*Review and reflect on the ethics and efficacy of clinical practice including application of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention and outcome evaluation
*Analyse, synthesise and evaluate knowledge and evidence bases underpinning clinical practice
*Apply advanced English language, and technological and numeracy skills to generate, interpret and communicate complex knowledge, concepts, data and arguments, appropriate for a variety of audiences
*Exercise high-level judgement and initiative to identify and solve complex problems, make informed decisions and plan ongoing professional learning within diverse clinical practice contexts.

Award title

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF GEROPSYCHOLOGY (GDipGeropsych)

Course articulation

Candidates who achieve a Distinction average in all subjects, and who otherwise satisfy the requirements for admission to the Master of Psychology or Doctor of Psychology, may apply to transfer to either of those programs, and following surrender of the testamur for the Graduate Diploma of Geropsychology, receive full advanced standing for subjects completed.

Entry requirements (Additional)

English band level 3c - the minimum English Language test scores you need are:
*Academic IELTS – 7.0 (no component lower than 7.0), OR
*TOEFL – 577 (plus minimum Test of Written English score of 5.5), OR
*TOEFL (internet based) – 100 (minimum writing score of 23), OR
*Pearson (PTE Academic) - 72

If you meet the academic requirements for a course, but not the minimum English requirements, you will be given the opportunity to take an English program to improve your skills in addition to an offer to study a degree at JCU. The JCU degree offer will be conditional upon the student gaining a certain grade in their English program. This combination of courses is called a packaged offer.
JCU’s English language provider is Union Institute of Languages (UIL). UIL have teaching centres on both the Townsville and Cairns campuses.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3c – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Why JCU?

The Department of Psychology at James Cook University has a well-earned international reputation for excellence in teaching and research and the friendliness, helpfulness, accessibility and approachability of its academic and general staff.
Tutorial classes are amongst the smallest in the country, providing the opportunity for personalized assistance. The Department has very well-equipped, modern facilities on both the Cairns and Townsville campuses and excellent research infrastructure.

Application deadlines

• Last Friday in October for commencement in semester one (February) the following year

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