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 Mid Year Intake - July


  • Study the science of wellbeing
  • Learn from 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
  • Study on campus or online, granting you greater flexibility
  • Entry and exit points available

The online version will be available for mid-year (July) 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.

The course provides a deep and strong foundation of the historical developments of the field of Positive Psychology; explores key elements, theories, and perspectives from a range of scholars and practitioners; and introduces innovations within the field. Through experiential learning approaches, students explore applications of the positive psychology perspective and wellbeing science with individuals, organisations, and communities.

The course also addresses issues related to ethical and professional practice. As part of the learning and assessment processes, students are expected to engage in a range of conceptual, applied and research-informed tasks. The program draws on a variety of pedagogical approaches to promote deep learning, connection with others, and critical scholarship, providing students with skills to confidently apply their knowledge in the future.

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. The course aims to equip graduate students with the skills, knowledge and abilities to competently apply positive psychology and wellbeing science principles to a range of real-world contexts. 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 course has a strong cohort experience and attracts students from varied backgrounds and experiences enabling experiential cohort learning and understanding.

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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.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021: Education