Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors)

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.

Master of Psychology students have the option to complete the Master and a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) concurrently, and receive two parchments at completion of both degrees. The Master of Psychology can be in Clinical, Health or Organisation and Human Factors. See the related degrees section for more information.

Note: 
This degree is only available in blended mode and on-campus attendance is required.  If you are a continuing student in the degree and are unable to attend campus, please contact your program coordinator for program advice.
  • World Top 200 Psychology School*
  • 23% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Over 1000 hours of industry placements

*Imip.gov.au Occupation projection
^QS World University Ranking by Subject, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM088
Deferment No
Intake January
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants MUST:
- be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) as a provisional psychologist
- provide two referee reports submitted through the HoDSPA (Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Australia) website at http://www.psychologyreference.org/ by no later than Monday 17 October 2022.
- provide details of relevant work experience and details of any published works via the submission of a comprehensive CV (Curriculum Vitae) within the SATAC application. Closing date for applications is Monday 17 October 2022.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study Entry is available to graduates with a four-year qualification in Psychology or equivalent (including Honours with a minimum grade of Second Class, Division A and an individually-conducted research project carrying 33% or more of the year's work). The degree must meet the standards set out by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), including the accredited sequence in Psychology having been completed within the last 10 years. Refer to http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/ if you have completed an Australian Degree and are unsure about the accreditation of your four-year qualification.

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. Information on having your qualification assessed by APS can be found at https://www.psychology.org.au/About-Us/What-we-do/Assessing-overseas-qualifications. Students who undertake Honours in Psychology at an accredited Australian university do not need to have their qualifications assessed by APS. In order to be considered for 2023 entry, applicants must have completed their four-year sequence in Psychology between 2013 and 2022. The ONLY exception to this is where applicants have completed their four-year sequence in Psychology before 2012 but have completed a PhD in Psychology between 2022 and 2021. A students' place in the program is contingent on being able to register as a Provisional Psychologist with AHPRA. If you are unable to obtain provisional registration, then you will be unable to continue in the program. The University of Adelaide accepts no responsibility should you be unable to obtain provisional registration after gaining entry to the program. If your four-year sequence in Psychology was completed more than 10 years ago, or you have any reason to believe your background may impact your ability to register, we encourage you to clarify your eligibility for registration with AHPRA - https://www.ahpra.gov.au/About-AHPRA/Contact-Us.aspx.

Invitations to attend an interview will be extended based on a combination of academic performance and references.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM088
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander pathway
In order to be eligible for the alternate entry pathway to Master in Psychology, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, and be able to provide Confirmation of Aboriginality or complete a statutory declaration
  2. Have successfully completed an APAC-accredited qualification that achieves foundational competencies and pre-professional competencies in Psychology (equivalent to an Honours degree in Psychology).
The process for this pathway is as follows:
  • applicant completes the standard application through SATAC. When completing this application, indicate that you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • Admissions staff will liaise with Wirltu Yarlu staff to obtain Confirmation of Aboriginality or Statutory Declaration from the student.
  • Applicants who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and meet the minimum entry criteria for Master program will be considered for interview.
  • Assessment of suitability for professional training through the Master will be based upon interview performance, alongside other relevant information including referee reports.

Humanitarian Entry Pathway
Do you wish to be considered for the Humanitarian entry pathway? You can apply for this either alone or in addition to the main pathway. In order to be eligible, you must have originally entered Australia as a refugee. Please provide evidence in the form of a refugee/ Humanitarian visa by uploading it into your SATAC application within five days of submitting your application.

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $14,615

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.

Scholarships

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

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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Industry Placement

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

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) is accredited by the Psychology Board of Australia.

Graduate registration

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.

Potential careers

Organisational Psychologist, Physiologist

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. 
For details, visit: Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) study plan

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

Assessment

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

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Testimonial

The hands-on nature of the program has allowed me to build and develop my skills in all areas of organisational psychology.

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Last updated: Monday, 14 Nov 2022