Graduate Certificate in Wellbeing Science

Where will this take me?


Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, graduates should be able to:

  1. Articulate the concepts, key works, scholars, and developments that have influenced the field of wellbeing science and positive psychology.
  2. Evaluate the contextual relevance and implications of wellbeing conceptualisations.
  3. Translate positive psychology and wellbeing-related research into personal and professional contexts.
  4. Critically evaluate methods of research, evaluation, and practice employed in positive psychology and the wellbeing sciences.
  5. Demonstrate a capacity to communicate positive psychology and wellbeing-related research clearly, critically,  and persuasively.
  6. Demonstrate reflective practice regarding learning and professional application.
  7. Critically review and evaluate positive psychology and wellbeing-related research.
  8. Analyse factors that impact sustainable behaviour and systems change.

Robert Drake

When Robert Drake made the decision to change the direction of his career at age 60 there was no doubt in his mind what path he wanted to take.

“I decided I wanted to branch out into international development work, specialising in programs and evaluation,” he explains.

To ensure the likelihood of realising his goal, he saw an opportunity in studying the Master of Evaluation at the University of Melbourne.

“I hope to be doing evaluation projects in Third World countries within 2 years,” he states.

The highlight of the Master of Evaluation course for Robert has been “the interweaving of the theoretical and practical aspects.”

“We have had readings and guest lectures from cutting-edge practitioners from several countries, such as Jane Davidson from New Zealand. They have opened my eyes to ways to do quality work in tricky situations.”

Juggling full-time work, study and family is never easy, but the online study has allowed me to be fairly efficient with my time. The online structure made it more flexible, so I could do the work at times that suited me.

Studying online has also given Robert the opportunity to build connections all over the world. He says, “During online discussion sessions, there have been students hooking in from Vanuatu, USA, Cambodia and remote Western Australia.”

“The cost of the masters gives me a great return on investment. It would take me a decade in the workplace to get the same level of skill, and accelerated learning has allowed me to make a quick change in career.”

And what’s his advice for anyone else interested in evaluation?

“I would strongly recommend the University of Melbourne Master of Evaluation. Dive in. Do it. Thrive.”