Work with organisations, teams and individual employees to improve their performance and increase effectiveness and productivity in the workplace.
Organisational psychology is the fastest growing area of psychology in Australia and the United States. You will be sought-after for your ability to analyse organisations and their people, and devise strategies to recruit, motivate, develop, change and inspire.
The Master of Organisational program at Deakin has very strong research, placement and consulting connections with a large number of external organisations. Deakin regularly welcomes international and local guest lecturers and speakers throughout the year.
Deakin’s psychology courses are well regarded in the workplace, and our graduates are highly successful in gaining employment shortly after graduation. A significant number become employed prior to the completion of their studies.
The Master of Psychology (Organisational) will equip you with the academic, practical and research skills required for accreditation and registration, and for employment in of one of the many organisations employing psychologists with these kinds of skills and experience. Upon completion, the degree qualifies you to register as a generalist psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and also allows you to apply for entry to their approved registrar program to gain endorsement as an organisational psychologist.Read More
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.
2016 course title change only. Students enrolled in H752 Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational) can follow this course structure.
Level 1 - Trimester 1
Level 1 - Trimester 2
Level 2 - Trimester 1
Level 2 - Trimester 2
Students are also expected to attend the weekly School Research Colloquia.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
Applications for 2018 close on 24 October 2017
Additional course information
In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.
In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.
Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.
Under the regulations of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, Master of Psychology students are required to be provisionally registered from the commencement of enrolment and for the duration of enrolment in their degree. This is a mandatory requirement. Students should apply online for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia as soon as they have been accepted into the degree. Alternatively, a paper form is available on the Board’s website (see Application for provisional registration - APRO-76
Domestic students enrolled in this postgraduate coursework program may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.
Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, placements and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
The placement program is designed to provide you with exposure to varying organisational problems and experiences. The placements are designed to equip you with a range of professional skills and develop an awareness of professional issues in applied settings. You will be exposed to the workings of different organisations and industries and the types of issues that arise in an organisational psychology setting. You will be involved in placements in different sectors including manufacturing, retail, finance, public service and consultancies. Contracts will be drawn up that will clearly specify the skills to be mastered, your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the placement supervisor/s. Each placement requires the full complement of days to be completed. Unsatisfactory progress in any one placement may result in exclusion from the course.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.
The prerequisite for entry to the course is the completion of a four-year sequence of study in an accredited psychology program which meets national registration requirements and eligibility for Associate Membership of the APS, or equivalent. The four-year sequence may be either an honours program or the combination of a three-year undergraduate degree including a psychology major and an approved postgraduate program. International applicants will need to have their qualifications assessed by APAC to determine if the applicants qualifications are comparable to an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) sequence of study in psychology. Further information regarding international qualification assessment can be found at https://www.psychology.org.au/membership/qualifications/
Entry will be competitive, based on academic results, referees' reports, relevant work experience, personal statement and interview before a panel of school selection staff. It would normally be expected that applicants will have achieved a minimum honours grade of H2A or equivalent. Relevant professional experience will be a factor in selection.
Applicants should provide certified copies of academic transcripts from all previous tertiary studies undertaken, resume and personal statement.
Applicants must ask two referees to provide Deakin with reports using www.psychologyreference.org
Please refer to the Psychology applications section of the Additional documentation webpage and download appropriate forms for your course.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
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The Master of Psychology (Organisational) meets the requirements for graduates to register as generalist psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia, and for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Graduates will be eligible to apply for membership of the College of Organisational Psychologists and endorsement as an Organisational Psychologist following two years of work experience supervised by an organisational psychologist, together with completion of stipulated professional development requirements.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities
Apply an advanced and integrated theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles underlying organisational psychology in order to inform solutions to organisational issues.
Meaningfully communicate complex knowledge and ideas to clients, health professionals and other stakeholders that demonstrates sound judgement, adaptability and responsibility in various contexts.
Apply advanced skills to select appropriate digital tools to find, use and disseminate information.
Identify, analyse, critically evaluate and synthesise complex information, problems, ideas, concepts and theories in the field of organisational psychology.
Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to compare and contrast multiple approaches in problem solving; to select the appropriate methodology and use initiative to solve a range of diverse problems within the field of organisational psychology.
Display high level of self-management through reflection, continual improvement and learning, and seeking appropriate supervision that reinforces the importance of responsibility and accountability for professional development.
Identify, establish and maintain collaborative professional relationships, demonstrating professionalism, responsibility and accountability, with a wide range of diverse client groups and other professionals.
Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to cultural, ethnic, religious, social and political backgrounds in order to enhance professional and ethical practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.
How to apply
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Credit for prior learning
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 Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.