Master of Applied Positive Psychology

  • CRICOS Code: 079279E

Course overview

  • 1 year full time / 2 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville) or Online
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Start Year Intake - February


✓ Study the science of wellbeing

✓ Get taught by internationally recognised academics

✓ Evidence-based research and training

✓ Our research Centre for Wellbeing Science is globally renowned

✓ Apply positive principles in your professional and personal life

In 2022, along with our face-to-face course, we will also offer an online version of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology. The online version will be available for mid-year (July) 2022 intake and offers the same outcomes as the face-to-face course. Study with us from anywhere in the world.

Australia’s leading Masters in Applied Positive Psychology explores the science of wellbeing with an evidence-based approach. You will gain a scientific understanding of how humans flourish and communities and institutions can be strengthened through positive psychology. The course will equip you to apply positive psychology principles in your professional and personal life.

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Who is the course for?

The course is for students looking for a scientific approach to studying wellbeing and anyone in a professional setting wanting to increase productivity. Graduates with either professional experience or post-graduate study are welcome to apply. The program is ideal for teachers, HR professionals, entrepreneurs, consultants, health or law professionals.

Please note: the Master of Applied Positive Psychology does not carry professional accreditation and is not a pathway to professional registration as a psychologist.

Why choose the Master of Applied Positive Psychology with us?

On the Master of Applied Positive Psychology, you’ll be taught by a number of internationally recognised education experts, including Professor Lea Waters, Associate Professor Lindsay Oades, Associate Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick, Associate Professor Aaron Jarden and Dr Peggy Kern. As students of MGSE researchers, you’ll experience evidence-based research and training with a rigorous scientific approach.

Our Centre for Wellbeing Science has a reputation as one of the best in the world, and the best in Australia. The research undertaken here feeds directly into your curriculum, bringing you a thought-leading program.

The reputation of the University of Melbourne is strong and globally recognised, particularly for education where MGSE has been ranked #1* in Australia. We are at the cutting edge of teaching and research.

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We take pride in the excellent support we offer our Master of Applied Positive Psychology students from enrolment, throughout their studies, and beyond. If you are an Indigenous student, we offer a range of support services here at the University of Melbourne via Murrup Barak. Find out more here.

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