Applied Positive Psychology


Positive psychology has developed a scientific understanding of how humans flourish and how communities and institutions can be strengthened. The Master of Applied Positive Psychology will equip you to apply positive psychology principles in your professional and personal life.

You will learn how to create and evaluate positive and meaningful change and promote optimal leadership within organisations in a range of professional contexts.

This course is built on the work of an internationally renowned team, including Professor Lea Waters, Associate Professor Lindsay Oades, Associate Professor Dianne Vella-Brodrick and Dr Peggy Kern, at the Centre for Positive Psychology. It promotes an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach to working in positive psychology, and will instil in you a strong sense of professional integrity and civic engagement.

Have an enquiry? Course brochure (1.2mb PDF)

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree and at least five years of documented relevant professional experience, or
  • An undergraduate degree and at least one year of relevant postgraduate study, or
  • An undergraduate degree, at least six months of relevant postgraduate study and at least two years of documented relevant professional experience.

All applicants must complete a personal statement of intent (MS Word, 31 KB) outlining why they wish to be considered. Provided entry requirements are met, we welcome applications from individuals with varied backgrounds, such as psychology, economics, business, law, education and health.

All students must meet English language requirements.

Course structure

  • 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • 4 core subjects (including a capstone project), each worth 25 points.

You will cover the following themes:

  • principles of positive psychology
  • positive interventions and programs
  • positive psychology and organisations.

Learning and assessment will take place through a range of tasks, including debates, case studies, role plays, videos, journal entries and research activities. You will also be encouraged to apply positive psychology principles to your own life and to critically reflect on these experiences.

Detailed course and subject information for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology can be found in the University Handbook (MC-APP).


This course will prepare you to:

  • understand the conceptual and theoretical foundations of positive psychology
  • synthesise different wellbeing frameworks from various disciplines
  • develop strategies for individuals, groups and systems to enhance optimal functioning and promote health
  • identify common positive interventions used in a wide range of contexts such as education, workplaces and community settings
  • critically reflect on your own professional strengths and weaknesses
  • take a professional and ethical approach to the practice of positive psychology
  • understand the important factors involved in sustained behaviour change.

How to apply

The University of Melbourne accepts online applications year-round from both domestic and international applicants. International applicants can apply online or in person through our overseas representatives.

Application dates

Start year intake


Round 1 closes: 31 October 2016

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2016


Round 1 closes: 31 July 2016

Round 2 closes: 15 December 2016

* Dates only apply for courses which are available to international students.

Prepare your application

You may be required to provide the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • previous academic transcripts
  • evidence of degree completion (testamur)
  • evidence of English language proficiency
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of intent (check course entry requirements)
  • referee reports (Master of Educational Psychology only).

It's also worth checking the advanced standing policy (PDF, 209 KB) to see if you are eligible to receive credit towards your chosen course.

Application process

Submit an online course application directly to the University of Melbourne.

Please note:

  • If you are a current or past University of Melbourne student or applicant, use your existing student ID/username and password. Registering as a first time applicant will delay the processing of your application.
  • Only submit one application per course with your preferred fee type and study load (full-time or part-time) if applicable.
  • Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are limited and are not available for all courses. Eligible applicants who cannot be offered a CSP will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place.

Application outcome

Application outcomes will be sent to your nominated email address or overseas representative.

Applicants are able to check the progress of their application by logging in to the online course application page.