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Master of Psychology (Organisational)

  • Masters (Coursework)

Be the driving force behind happier, healthier, more productive workplaces with the Master of Psychology (Organisational) - the only organisational psychology course delivered in Victoria.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
H752, 088717B

About this course

Be the driving force behind happier, healthier, more productive workplaces with the Master of Psychology (Organisational) - the only organisational psychology course delivered in Victoria. Gain extensive workplace experience through professional placements, and graduate ready to apply for registration as a general psychologist.

Want specialised psychology skills that are in high demand across almost every type of organisation?

Organisational psychologists have a unique opportunity to improve the lives of people, both inside and outside the workplace. With a deep understanding of human behaviour, relationships, leadership and change management, organisational psychologists have a key role to play in creating work environments that staff thrive in. The importance of organisational psychologists also extends beyond employee wellbeing. Their ability to improve individual and team performance, resolve conflicts using evidence-based principles, build team unity and create effective strategies for recruitment and retention makes them highly valued by employers.

Sound like a profession you'd love to be a part of? The Master of Psychology (Organisational) will give you the tools and training to transition into this rapidly growing field with confidence, so you can start making a positive difference from day one.

The course is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is the final stop in your study journey to becoming a registered psychologist. Upon graduation, you will have the skills, experience and professional recognition needed to apply to the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) for general registration. The course also provides a pathway to further training in an area of practice endorsement with the PsyBA. An endorsement demonstrates a registered psychologist's high-level knowledge and qualifications in a specialised area, like organisational psychology, and can open the door to more advanced roles.

Draw on everything you've learned so far in your studies while adding layers of specialised knowledge to become an expert in the field of organisational psychology. Some of the key areas you will study include:

  • psychological assessments in organisations
  • applied methods for organisational analysis
  • facilitation, training and evaluation in organisations
  • change management
  • occupational health and wellbeing
  • leadership coaching
  • intervention strategies and skills.

All study areas are informed by the latest evidence-based theory and delivered by passionate teachers who are leaders in the field. With a curriculum that's grounded in established knowledge, emerging research and scientific rigour, you will graduate with a degree that's relevant today and into the future.

The course includes placement opportunities that allow you to apply your skills in the real world, and work alongside established psychologists with a wealth of knowledge to pass down. The professional relationships you build throughout placements can be incredibly beneficial to your career. In fact, students often secure ongoing employment with their placement organisation after graduating.

Entry into the Master of Psychology (Organisational) is competitive. That's because Deakin is ranked in the top 1% worldwide for psychology^, and leads all Victorian universities for education experience, learning resources and support services*. If you want to join a high-achieving group of students with a shared passion for exploring the human mind and helping others, the Master of Psychology (Organisational) is the course to take your career forward.

^Student Experience Survey 2017, 2018

*Compared university comparison tool compared.edu.au/compare/study-areas

Career pathways

Organisational psychology is the fastest growing area of psychology in Australia and the United States. Organisations have come to appreciate the contribution that organisational psychologists can make in areas such as personnel selection, employee motivation, teamwork, employee engagement, communication skills, stress management, employee evaluation, job satisfaction, efficiency and productivity. As a registered and accredited organisational psychologist, you may find employment in one of the many organisations or industries employing psychologists with this kind of specialisation.

Course structure

To complete the Master of Psychology (Organisational) students must attain 16 credit points covering three inter-related strands: theory, research and practice. All units are core (these are compulsory). The course has a strong emphasis on a practical problem-solving approach within a structure of organisational psychology units. Students will complete a minimum of 4 credit points each trimester over two years for full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 1000 hours (approximately 133 days) of professional work experience within an approved organisational setting.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0 credit point compulsory unit) in their first trimester of study.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

Credit for prior study or work

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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