Master of Psychology (Organisational)

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Master of Psychology (Organisational)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
CRICOS course code088717B
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
English language requirements

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

Deakin course code H752
Faculty contacts

Deakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

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

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Course rules

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.

Course structure

Core units

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

Level 1 - Trimester 1

HPS722Facilitation, Training and Evaluation in Organisations

HPS726An Introduction to Organisational Psychology

HPS759Issues in Professional Organisational Psychology

HPS785Research Thesis A

Level 1 - Trimester 2

HPS723Organisational Placement 1

HPS724Applied Methodology for Organisational Analysis

HPS758Psychological Assessment in Organisations

HPS792Research Thesis B

Level 2 - Trimester 1

HPS721Organisational Development and Change Management

HPS725Organisational Placement 2

HPS793Research Thesis C

HPY701Leadership Assessment, Development and Coaching

Level 2 - Trimester 2

HPS727Organisational Intervention Strategies and Skills

HPS728Organisational Placement 3

HPS730Occupational Health and Wellbeing

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. 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 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.

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.

Closing dates

Applications for 2017 will close on 24 October 2016

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.

Workload

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.

Work experience

Placement program

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.