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Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational)

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code038989C
Deakin course codeH752

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Organisational psychology is the science of people at work. As an organisational psychologist you may work with organisations, teams and individual employees to improve their performance and increase effectiveness and productivity in the workplace. You may analyse organisations and their people, and devise strategies to recruit, motivate, develop, change and inspire.

The Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational) you will acquire the academic, practical and research skills required for accreditation and registration, and to enter this specialty profession either in employment as practising organisational psychologists or as an employee of one of the many organisations or industries employing psychologists.

Throughout the course you will develop specialist knowledge of industrial and organisational psychology; competence in the design and conduct of research gained through completing a thesis in the area of industrial or organisational psychology; and knowledge and awareness of the ethical principles of psychological practice, in particular in relation to the practice of industrial/organisation psychology.

Professional recognition

The Master of Psychology (Industrial and 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.

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Placement program

The placement program is designed to provide you with a wide range of organisational problems and experiences in a variety of settings. The placements are designed to equip you with a range of professional skills and to develop an awareness of professional issues. You will be exposed to the workings of organisations and of industries and the types of issues that arise in an organisational and industrial psychological context. 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. Placement supervisors are registered psychologists, eligible for membership of the College of Organisational Psychologists. Each placement requires the full complement of days to be completed. Unsatisfactory progress in any one placement may result in exclusion from the course.

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Fees and charges

Unit fees can be viewed within individual unit descriptions. You can search for a unit using the Unit Search.


Please be aware:

  • Fees are calculated on a per unit basis
  • Fees charged will depend on the individual units chosen
  • Fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and services

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Course rules

The course consists of 16 credit points covering three inter-related strands: theory, research and practice. The course has a strong emphasis on a practical problem-solving approach within a structure of organisational psychology units. Students are required to complete a minimum of 125 days of professional work experience within an organisational setting. Students will complete a minimum of 4 credit points each trimester over two years for full time study or part time equivalent.

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Course structure

Trimester of offer may vary from level to level.

HPY701 Leadership Assessment, Development and Coaching  

HPS721 Organisational Development and Change Management  

HPS722 Facilitation, Training and Evaluation in Organisations  

HPS723 Organisational Placement 1  

HPS724 Applied Methodology for Organisational Analysis  

HPS725 Organisational Placement 2  

HPS726 An Introduction to Organisational Psychology  

HPS727 Organisational Intervention Strategies and Skills  

HPS728 Organisational Placement 3  

HPS730 Occupational Health and Wellbeing  

HPS758 Psychological Assessment in Organisations  

HPS759 Issues in Professional Industrial and Organisational Psychology  

HPS785 Research Thesis A  

HPS792 Research Thesis B  

HPS793 Research Thesis C  

HPS794 Research Thesis D  


Students are also expected to attend the weekly School Research Colloquia.

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Income support

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.


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