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CL41 - Master of Applied Positive Psychology


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

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.

Career Information

The Master of Applied Positive Psychology is aimed at training professionals to facilitate and research positive change and wellbeing/resilience interventions, working with individuals, groups and communities. Relevant careers and domains that would be enhanced by this course include psychologists, mental health staff, medical, health, and allied health, teachers/educators, business managers, team leaders, and supervisors, life coaches, executive coaches, health coaches, trainers and facilitators, HR staff, health-care workers, counsellors, youth workers, social and community workers, rehabilitation therapists, and aged care and disability support workers.

Course Details
Duration 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 72
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in postgraduate courses normally consist of 8 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 8, 16, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Postgraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) MAPP
AQF Level Level 9: Masters Degree (Coursework)

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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The following tables list the courses availabilities by location and term. Directing your pointer over your preferred location will provide further information if this course is not available for the full duration. Please be sure to also check individual unit availability by location and term prior to enrolling.

Domestic Availability

Term 1 - 2020


Term 1 - 2019

All units are delivered in distance mode, with many including tutorials by videoconference. Some units require students to attend residential school. Please note that while the first year of this course can be completed full time, the final project component can only be completed by part time study.
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International Availability

Term 1 - 2020


Term 1 - 2019

All units are delivered in distance mode, with many including tutorials by videoconference. Some units require students to attend residential school. Please note that while the first year of this course can be completed full time, the final project component can only be completed by part time study.
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Entry Scores
Entry scores are not available, please contact the Student Advice Team for more information
Entry Requirements

Entry requirement:

  • 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.

If you do not satisfy any of the above you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores as below.

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall & minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
  • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
  • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

Each student will be assessed individually.

Security Requirements
No information available at this time
Health Requirements
No information available at this time
Assumed Knowledge

No recommended study.

Fees and Charges
Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards CL19 - Graduate Diploma of Positive Psychology CH84 - Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology
Exit Awards CL19 - Graduate Diploma of Positive Psychology CH84 - Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology
Professional Accreditation Not applicable
Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There is a compulsory Residential School in this course.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2019 17
Inherent Requirements
There are currently no inherent requirements associated with this course.
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.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.
1. KNOWLEDGE Have a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
2. KNOWLEDGE Have an understanding of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning
3. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
4. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
5. SKILLS Have cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
6. SKILLS Have communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
7. SKILLS Have technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to use high level personal autonomy and accountability
More Details
There is no additional information for this course.