Master of Psychology (Organisational)

Course summary for international students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Psychology (Organisational)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$30,000 AUD
Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$30,000 AUD
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 7 with no band less than 7. More information is available at

Deakin course code H752
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

2016 course title change only. Students enrolled in H752 Master of Psychology (Industrial and Organisational) can follow this course structure.

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 (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 (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.

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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, communication skills, stress management, employee evaluation, job satisfaction, efficiency and productivity. As a registered and accredited organisational psychologist, you may find employment as practising organisational psychologists or as an employee of one of the many organisations or industries employing psychologists.

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.

Course structure

Trimester of offer may vary from level to level.

HPY701Leadership Assessment, Development and Coaching

HPS721Organisational Development and Change Management

HPS722Facilitation, Training and Evaluation in Organisations

HPS723Organisational Placement 1

HPS724Applied Methodology for Organisational Analysis

HPS725Organisational Placement 2

HPS726An Introduction to Organisational Psychology

HPS727Organisational Intervention Strategies and Skills

HPS728Organisational Placement 3

HPS730Occupational Health and Wellbeing

HPS758Psychological Assessment in Organisations

HPS759Issues in Professional Organisational Psychology

HPS785Research Thesis A

HPS792Research Thesis B

HPS793Research Thesis C

HPS794Research Thesis D

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

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.

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

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.

Entry will be competitive, based on academic results, referees' reports and interview before a panel of school selection staff. It would normally be expected that applicants will have achieved a minimum honours grade of 2A 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.

Please refer to the Psychology applications section of the Additional documentation webpage and download appropriate forms for your course.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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.