Master of Psychology (Organisational)

Course summary for local 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)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$29,120 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Deakin course code H752
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

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 the completion of an approved registrar program with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, 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.

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, 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 Learning Outcomes

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.

Communication

Meaningfully communicate complex knowledge and ideas to clients, health professionals and other stakeholders that demonstrates sound judgement, adaptability and responsibility in various contexts.

Digital Literacy

Apply advanced skills to select appropriate digital tools to find, use and disseminate information.

Critical thinking

Identify, analyse, critically evaluate and synthesise complex information, problems, ideas, concepts and theories in the field of organisational psychology.

Problem Solving

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.

Self-management

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.

Teamwork

Identify, establish and maintain collaborative professional relationships, demonstrating professionalism, responsibility and accountability, with a wide range of diverse client groups and other professionals.

Global Citizenship

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.

 

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.

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

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, 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

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 and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


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.