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Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors)

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM088

CRICOS 042771J

Organisational psychologists inspire change and improve people’s experiences in the workplace. Studying the Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) can lead to a fulfilling career delivering professional psychological services to organisations and their people.

The degree offers a combination of coursework, research and industry placements to ensure students graduate with the skills and knowledge required to establish effective procedures and structures in organisations, and to facilitate the development of productive and committed employees, teams and work units. A unique subject in human factors provides an insight into human safety and ergonomics, and over 1000 hours of clinical placements offer the chance to develop practical skills with patients and build professional networks while studying.

Graduates of the degree are eligible to apply for full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and meet the entry requirements to the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Organisational Psychologists as a full member. Organisational psychologists have a range of career opportunities in change management, human resources, human factors, workplace advice and advocacy, consumer behaviour and marketing, and other areas.

Prospective applicants should note that entry to this degree is competitive and strict quotas apply.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM088
    Deferment No
    Mid-year entry No
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry Applicants must have a four-year qualification in Psychology (including Honours) that meets the standards set out by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council. All candidates are required to provide two referee reports, details of relevant work experience and details of any published works. Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and this additional information.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must refer to the School of Psychology website for details regarding submission of additional information. Applicants will also need to provide referee reports via the HoDSPA system, the link to this is provided on the online submission form for additional information.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM088

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 042771J
    Intake February
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Entry is available to graduates with an Australian Honours Psychology degree or equivalent comprising of a minimum of Second Class, Division A Honours and an individually-conducted research project carrying 33% or more of the years work. Applicants who have an overseas Honours qualification should supply a certified copy of the assessment of their qualifications by the Australian Psychological Society (APS), and information about the research component of their qualifications. Students who undertake Honours in Psychology at an accredited onshore Australian university do not need to have their qualifications assessed. Selection procedures depend on academic results, 2 referee reports and a structured interview conducted by a panel. Applications to this program close in October in the year prior to enrolment. Please refer for the exact closing date for applications.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants will be required to provide contact details for two referees in a supplementary application which will be accessible after the primary application is assessed.

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,300

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $35,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) prepares graduates for registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA). With additional supervised work experience as prescribed by the PBA, graduates can become organisational psychologists.

    Organisational psychologists have specialised skills and knowledge in the following areas:
    > change management
    > coaching, mentoring and career development
    > consumer behaviour and marketing
    > human resources program evaluation
    > learning and development
    > occupational health and safety
    > organisational development
    > measuring employee opinions and other workplace research
    > performance management
    > recruitment and selection
    > wellbeing, stress and work-life balance
    > workforce planning and role definition
    > workplace advice and advocacy
    >workplace rehabilitation and work cover.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    Three unpaid practicum placements are arranged by and included in the program.

    Professional Accreditation

    The program provides graduates with the tertiary-level education required to be eligible for registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and after a period of supervised registrar practice, membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Organisational Psychologists and endorsement by the Psychology Board of Australia as an organisational psychologist.

    Potential careers

    Organisational Psychologist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students enrolled in full-time study will complete seven courses of study and one placement during the first year and two further placements and the research project during the second year. The research thesis is in the form of a literature review and a research article of a specified length. 
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    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Core courses
    > Contemporary Organisational Psychology
    > Evidence-Based Practice
    > Human Factors
    > Human Resource Management
    > Organisational Behaviour and Management
    > Professional Practice
    > Placements I, II, III
    > Psychological Assessment
    > Research Project in Organisational Psychology

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 PSYCHOL 7330 Evidence-based Practice PSYCHOL 7331 Professional Practice PSYCHOL 7332 Psychological Assessment PSYCHOL 7334 Human Resource Management
    PSYCHOL 7333 Organisational Behaviour and Management PSYCHOL 7335 Contemporary Organisational Psychology PSYCHOL 7336 Human Factors PSYCHOL 7341 Placement I
    Year 2 PSYCHOL 7340 Placement II PSYCHOL 7344 Research Project in Organisational Psychology I PSYCHOL 7343 Placement III PSYCHOL 7345 Research Project in Organisational Psychology II


    Coursework is assessed by assignments, placements assessed from reports by placement supervisor, and the research report is examined internally by two markers.

  • Related Degrees

  • Further Study

    For more information on the Doctor of Philosophy/Master of Psychology (Organisational & Human Factors) degree, please visit the Adelaide Graduate Centre and the School of Psychology websites.

  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Thursday, 15 Jun 2017