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. 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.
|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 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 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)|
Indicative Year - 2023
Indicative Year - 2022
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must hold:
English Language Proficiency Requirements
If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or 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:
completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or 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.
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.
International Students should visit http://www.cqu.edu.au/international for further information.
Each student will be assessed individually.
No recommended study.
|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|
No Residential School for this course.
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Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.
If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.
|Course Learning Outcomes|
|Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9|
|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|
|10 APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship.|
|APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Communicate, interact and collaborate with others effectively in culturally or linguistically diverse contexts in a culturally respectful manner|
|Number of units: 10||Total credit points: 72|
The Coaching Individuals for Positive Change (PSYC20043) unit will have compulsory online evening skill-based workshops during term. The other units in the course will feature regular online evening sessions that are recommended, but optional. For specific details, please refer to the Unit Profile.
|Students must complete the following compulsory units:|
|PSYC20037||Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing|
|PSYC20039||Inter-disciplinary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Wellbeing|
|PSYC20036||Applied Positive Psychology|
|PSYC20038||Positive Psychology: Research Methods|
|PSYC20041||Group Facilitation Skills|
|PSYC20042||Building Wellbeing and Resilience: Interconnected Factors|
|PSYC20043||Coaching Individuals for Positive Change|
|PSYC20040||Wellbeing Initiatives: Local and Global Scales|
|PSYC20044||Applied Positive Psychology Project A|
|PSYC20045||Applied Positive Psychology Project B|