Master of Applied Positive Psychology

University of Melbourne

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Masters Degree
1.0 year Full-Time
(or Part-Time equivalent)
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Course Description

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.

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.

You will cover the following themes:

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


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