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Master of Organisational Psychology

Course code: 0495 ~ Course abbreviation: MPsychOrg ~ Total credit points required: 96 ~ 4 semesters full-time, 8 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Caulfield)

Off-campus (Caulfield)

Course description

The School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine offers a coursework program in organisational psychology. The program is designed to satisfy the fifth and sixth-year requirements of the Psychologists' Registration Board of Victoria for specialist registration as an organisational psychologist. The course is accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

Course objectives

Generally, at the end of the course graduates will: be able to demonstrate the knowledge, competence, skills and attitudes that will enable them to operate as practicing organisational psychologists at a level at least equal to the best of their peers in Australia or overseas; demonstrate a continuing professional approach to their work, community responsibilities and personal development; demonstrate intellectual and cultural curiosity as a preparation for lifelong learning; and an appreciation of different cultures, and the relevance of culture to the practice of organisational psychology; they will also be able to apply psychological principles and methods to understand and influence work behaviour, worker attitudes, organisational structures and organisational systems; be able to apply valid, reliable and scientifically grounded methods in order to assist organisations to achieve effectiveness at the level of the organisation, the group and the individual; promote and raise the profile of organisational psychology and act to provide the community with information and access to the services of organisational psychologists. More specifically, course objectives will align with APS College of Organisational Psychologists competencies, which can be found at

Course structure

Course requirements

First year

  • M0P5042 Placement 2
  • MOP5021 Personnel assessment
  • MOP5031 Multivariate statistics
  • MOP5041 Placement 1
  • MOP5052 Recruitment, selection and appraisal
  • MOP5062 Contemporary organisational psychology
  • MOP5072 Advanced research design and thesis proposal
  • MOP6031 Psychological interventions in organisations

Second year

  • MOP5011 Legal and ethical issues in professional practice
  • MOP6011 Work groups, teams, training and development
  • MOP6021 Placement 3
  • MOP6022 Placement 4
  • MOP6041 Minor thesis
  • MOP6042 Thesis - literature review
  • MOP6062 Thesis - research paper
  • MOP6072 Advanced research methods
  • MOP6090 Organisational change and development
  • Masters level elective (6 points)

Contact details

Administrative officer, postgraduate studies: telephone +61 3 9903 1482; email or visit

Course coordinators

Associate Professor Sally Carless (on-campus); Dr Simon Albrecht (off-campus)