Master of Applied Positive Psychology

Positive psychology has developed a scientific understanding of how humans flourish and how communities and institutions can be strengthened. It provides a framework for effective practice in a wide range of professional contexts.

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology will equip you to apply positive psychology principles in your professional and personal life, with a special focus on creating and evaluating positive and meaningful change, and promoting optimal leadership within organisations.

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

This course promotes an evidence-based, multidisciplinary perspective to working in positive psychology, and will instil a strong sense of professional integrity and civic engagement in graduates.

Course structure

Four compulsory subjects each worth 25 points:

  • Principles of Positive Psychology
  • Applications of Positive Psychology
  • Positive Leadership and Organisations
  • Positive Psychology Research Project

Master of Applied Positive Psychology(MC-APP) detailed course and subject outline is available in the University handbook(MC-APP).


Graduates will:

  • gain a thorough understanding of 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 like education, workplaces, community settings
  • critically reflect on their own professional strengths and weaknesses
  • take a professional and ethical approach to the practice of positive psychology
  • understand the important factors in sustained behaviour change.