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Master of Applied Positive Psychology

CQUniversity Australia
2-4 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
Online / distance program
March 2021
13,920 AUD
CQUniversity Australia

Program description

Master of Applied Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the scientific study of wellbeing and resilience, with a focus on the conditions that enable individuals, groups and communities to thrive. This rapidly growing field has emerged in response to the realisation that wellbeing is not simply the absence of disease, but is related to multiple factors that enable humans to flourish. In this course, you will learn how to work with individuals, groups, organisations, and communities to generate and evaluate positive change interventions and programs, with a focus on enhancing mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, flourishing, resilience, and strengths. The curriculum for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology will draw on evidence-based theories, models, and best practices from disciplines including positive psychology, coaching psychology, health promotion, positive education, counselling, Asset-Based Community Development, eco-psychology, and Social Innovation.The course is relevant for working with adults, teenagers, and children, and has been developed with ongoing support and coursework input from the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). In the final year of the course, you will undertake an applied research project involving the design and implementation of a wellbeing and/or resilience intervention, culminating in the production of a thesis.

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology is offered as online learning, and is available on a full-time or part-time enrolment basis. The course is a nested program that incorporates the Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology and the Graduate Diploma of Positive Psychology.

AQF Level: Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission requirements

A completed bachelor degree, or equivalent, in any discipline from an Australian university or college.

English requirements:

If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or The United States of America you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University. Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

  • A secondary qualification (Year 11 or 12, or equivalent), or
  • Tertiary diploma level qualification, or
  • Bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0
    • completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or The United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Compulsory units:

  • Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing
  • Inter-disciplinary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Wellbeing
  • Applied Positive Psychology
  • Positive Psychology: Research Methods
  • Group Facilitation Skills
  • Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors
  • Coaching Individuals for Positive Change
  • Wellbeing Initiatives: Local and Global Scales
  • Applied Positive Psychology Project A
  • Applied Positive Psychology Project B

Tuition fees

This program costs 13 920 AUD per term.

Scholarships & funding

The university offers a range of scholarships to support international students and encourages you to apply for one that's right for you. For more information about the scholarships, please visit the university website.


Interim and exit awards:

CL19 - Graduate Diploma of Positive Psychology CH84 - Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology



Core learning outcomes:

  1. Evaluate and explain how wellbeing can be influenced and measured in a range of settings
  2. Evaluate inter-cultural, and inter-disciplinary philosophies, theories and practices, in relation to wellbeing and resilience
  3. Analyse and apply evidence-based and best-practice approaches to wellbeing and resilience interventions and programs
  4. Plan and deliver wellbeing and/or resilience interventions for individuals and groups
  5. Apply analyses of local and international social innovation enterprises and wellbeing initiatives, to design social innovation and wellbeing initiatives at various scales
  6. Create research-informed interventions integrating mental, physical and environmental health approaches
  7. Design and conduct wellbeing and/or resilience interventions within a culturally sensitive, ethical, and inclusive framework
  8. Evaluate and reflect on your development as a professional practitioner in the positive psychology, wellbeing, and resilience domains
  9. Design, conduct, evaluate and report a research intervention project.

Career opportunities

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology is designed to provide professionals working in a coaching, training, counselling or managerial roles as well as those with an interest in wellbeing and resilience with the skills required to create positive change. By completing an applied research project in your final year of study, you will also improve your professional research capabilities.

About this institute

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554-700 Yaamba Road
4701 Norman Gardens QLD

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