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Master of Applied Psychology (Organisational Psychology) (MAppPsych)


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Title Master of Applied Psychology (Organisational Psychology) (MAppPsych)
Course Code M1157
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
School School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Academic Contacts http://www.murdoch.edu.au/contacts/academic/school/School_of_Psychology_and_Exercise_Science
Qualification Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsych) (Organisational Psychology)
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description This professionally-accredited course adheres to a scientist-practitioner model which stresses a systematic problem-solving approach. Its objective is to prepare psychologists who are skilled in individual casework and can apply their skills and knowledge to prevention, research, development, and evaluation at the individual, organisational and system levels.

The course consists of two years of full-time study or may be undertaken on a part-time basis over not more than eight years. The course includes coursework, practicum, and research components. Candidates will cover core and optional aspects in their course, which will qualify them as organisational psychologists at Master's degree level.

Candidates undertake at least three approved placements. The University cooperates with the Commonwealth and State Public Services, such as the Department of Health, Department of Consumer and Employment Protection, Department for Community Development, Department of Justice, Education Department of Western Australia, Disability Services Commission, WA Police Service and other public and private services and facilities in Western Australia. Experience in other community psychological areas such as rehabilitation and social service is also available. Candidates must complete four placements, three of which must be conducted in external public or private organisations.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Entry to the program is very competitive and to be accepted into the course applicants must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an upper second class Honours (2A) or equivalent overall mark, and be eligible for registration with the psychologist Registration Board as a conditional/provisional psychologist. An exception to this may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board CPD requirements.

Students with overseas qualifications who are accepted into the course must ensure that their undergraduate qualifications meet the requirements of the psychology registration board for equivalence to a four-year APAC Accredited Australian degree in Psychology in order to be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist. Applications with qualifications obtained outside Australia must have a formal assessment completed by the Australian Psychological Society before submitting an application for study.

The admission process includes both application and interview.

In order to gain admission to this program, students must satisfy the Psychology Board of Australia English requirements by demonstrating competency in the English Language. For more details on this, see

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0.
Special Requirements Graduate students must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia within the first two weeks of commencing the program. As many agencies require all staff working with their clients or patients to have a police clearance, applicants are required to obtain a Federal police clearance (which will include WA clearance). In addition, if working with children a separate screening by the Department of Community Development is required. Clearly any agency will only be seeking information about behaviours that may place vulnerable clients at risk and will not be interested in any other type of behaviours. The applicant meets the cost of these clearances. Please note that some organisations providing professional placements require students to provide full immunisation records. Applicants must be in a position to provide these records if required.
Employment Prospects Job prospects for applied organisational psychologists are very good; employment growth is expected to reflect the strength of the economy. On graduation from this course, students will be highly employable as a registered psychologist working in various public agencies and across a wide variety of private sectors.
Professional Recognition The course is fully accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), and is recognised as such by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). Graduates will be eligible for direct registration as psychologists with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Admission to Doctor of Psychology and combined MAppPsych/PhD Students who complete the first year of the Master of Applied Psychology may apply to transfer to the Doctor of Psychology and will be exempt from the units already completed which are common to both degrees. During their first year of study, students may also apply for enrolment in a PhD and if accepted may enter the combined MAppPsych/PhD course.
Other Facilities and Services Murdoch University has both a specialist child psychology clinic and an adult psychology clinic and the organisational Psychology Consulting Service to act as practical training facilities and community services.
Admission from MAppPsych (Professional) course Successful applicants who have completed the Master of Applied Psychology (Professional) course at Murdoch University may apply to the Academic Chair to have some of their coursework and practicum units credited toward the first year of study for the MAppPsych (Organisational) course.
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

University regulations require completion of a minimum of 24 points at 600-level and a maximum of 24 points at 500-level for a 48-point Masters by Coursework degree.

Candidates must normally successfully complete the following units to meet Registration and Specialist Entitlement requirements for Organisational Psychologists.

Year 1 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 21 credit points

PSY662 Psychological Assessment: Theory and Method - 3 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

PSY570 Organisational Psychology: Practicum I - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY563 Professional Practice and Organisational Consulting - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

PSY568 Human Resources - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

PSY612 Work and Well-being - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

PSY552 Organisation of Work - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal

PSY565 Clinical Psychology: Working with Adults - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

Specified Electives - 3 credit points

Select from the following:

MBS539 Accounting for Managers - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-external, U-external

MBS537 Strategic Marketing Management - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

MBS546 Business Finance - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, SUM-external, U-external

EDN546 Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal

An Independent Study Contract at 500/600 level - 3 points

Other electives with the permission of the Academic Chair.

Year 2 - 24 credit points

Core Units - 24 credit points

PSY655 Psychology: Advanced Research Methods - 2 points
MURDOCH: Y-internal

PSY690 Applied Psychology Dissertation - 10 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S2-internal, Y-internal

PSY603 Organisational Psychology: Practicum II - 12 points
MURDOCH: S1-placement, S2-placement, SUM-placement, U-placement, Y-placement

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