Master of Applied Positive Psychology

  • CRICOS code: 079279E

What will I study?


Through this course, you will learn how to create and evaluate positive, meaningful change in a range of professional contexts – and build the skills to promote optimal leadership within organisations.

Learning and assessment takes place through a range of tasks including debates, case studies, role plays, videos and research. You’ll also be encouraged to apply positive psychology principles to your own life and critically reflect on these experiences. The program covers the different strategies that individuals and groups use to enhance and promote health, and the important factors that involve sustained behavioural change.

Study structure

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology requires the completion of 100 points of study and can be completed full-time for 1 year, or part-time over 2 years. We offer two intakes:

  • Start-year (February) intake for the face to face version
  • Mid-year (July) intake for the online version.
  • 6 core subjects (each worth 12.5 points), along with a capstone project (worth 25 points)
  • Students must complete Principles of Positive Psychology subject in their first semester and can only undertake the Capstone in Positive Psychology subject after completing 50 points.

You will explore the following themes:

Principles of Positive Psychology

This subject introduces the science of positive psychology. Students will explore the impetus behind the development of positive psychology including the concepts of wellbeing and flourishing, as well as the theories and frameworks underpinning it.

Applications of Positive Psychology

This subject will examine the full range of positive interventions that can be delivered to individuals, groups and communities using face to face, on-line, coaching/counselling, smartphone applications and group formats.

Systems-Informed Approaches to Change

Supporting an integrative, inter-disciplinary approach to wellbeing, this subject explores systems informed approaches to positive development and functioning, moving discourse, theory, research, and practice beyond the individual to include broader human social systems.

Positive Psychology and Organisations

This subject explores the application of the positive psychology perspective within organisations, including government, for-profit, not-for-profit, and educational settings. Drawing on a range of disciplines, including organisational behaviour, management, leadership development, students examine micro and macro approaches to organisational science.

Critical Review of Wellbeing Science

This subject critically examines approaches to, criticisms of, and advances in interdisciplinary wellbeing-related research. With an eye towards the future, students are introduced to innovations in the field by leading practitioners and scholars, with collective consideration of implications for research and practice.

Wellbeing Design, Delivery and Evaluation

This subject examines the design, delivery, and evaluation of positive interventions and approaches to fostering wellbeing and other positive outcomes across a range of contexts, such as at home, in the workplace, and in the local community.

Capstone in Positive Psychology

The course will culminate with the capstone subject, which draws on theory, knowledge and skills gained throughout the course. Students will complete a research project of their choosing, which involves designing an intervention or study, grounded in the science of positive psychology, wellbeing or related disciplines.

How will I study?

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology has been designed around the lives of working professionals.

  • Face-to-face version: Subjects are generally delivered in 2 x two-day, on-campus intensives on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Online version: Subjects are generally delivered in 2 x two-day online intensives on Fridays and Saturdays.
Alternative Entry and Exit Points

There will now be entry and exit points available for students with our Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology and Professional Certificate in Positive Education. You can start with a professional certificate and gain credit into the master's degree. Or you can choose an early exit from the master's degree with a professional certificate qualification, giving you greater flexibility.
For early exit, students may apply to graduate with one of the following awards:

  • Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology, if they have satisfied the completion requirements for that award during their enrolment in this master's course (i.e., successfully completed the prescribed 25 credit points of study).
  • Professional Certificate in Positive Education, if they have satisfied the completion requirements for that award during their enrolment in this master's course (i.e., successfully completed the prescribed 25 credit points of study).

*Students must discontinue their enrolment in the MC-APP without completing the award, to be conferred the exit award.

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University Handbook: Master of Applied Positive Psychology