UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation)

Industrial and Organisational Psychology is a specialist area that applies psychological knowledge and skills to workplaces with the aim of improving organisational effectiveness and the quality of work life. This two-year course includes nine coursework units, a research project, and 1000 hours of practical placement spread over three different settings.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleMaster of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation)
Award abbreviationMInd&OrgPsych
Course code53580
Course typemaster's degree by coursework and dissertation
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Science
CRICOS code077549D
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Credit points required96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditationMaster of Industrial and Organisational Psychology (coursework and dissertation) is accredited by: Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) and Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Organisational Psychologists.
Standard course duration2 years
Time limit5 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typePostgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Course Coordinator(s)Dr Patrick Dunlop

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2017; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Take all units (84 points):

S1PSYC5513Research Methods in Applied Settings
S1PSYC5514Assessment and Selection
S2PSYC5515Organisational Development and Work Design
NS, S1, S2PSYC5517MIOP Practical Placement 3
N/APSYC5542Human Factors
S2PSYC5547MIOP Practical Placement 1 Part 1
NS, S1, S2PSYC5548MIOP Practical Placement 1 Part 2
S1PSYC5573Psychology of Training
S1PSYC5610Psychology Dissertation Part 1 (12 points)
S2PSYC5613Psychology Dissertation Part 2 (12 points)
S2PSYC5830Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing
NS, S1, S2PSYC5832MIOP Practical Placement 2

Take Level 4 or 5 units to the value of 12 points, offered by the UWA Business School approved by the course coordinator or the Head of the School of Psychology

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3.(1) To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

(2) Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0.

(3) Applicants presenting with the TOEFL iBT require an overall score of at least 94, a miminum score of 27 in the Writing section, a miminum score of 23 in the Speaking section, and no other sub-score less than 24.

(4) Applicants presenting with the Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic) require an overall score of at least 65 and no sub-score less than 65.

(5) The UWA Centre for English Language Teaching (CELT) Bridging Course does not satisfy the english language competency requirements of this course.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—an accredited bachelor's honours degree in psychology with an upper second class Honours (2A), or an equivalent qualification as recognised by UWA.

(2) Applicants must be eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia, which includes meeting the Board's English language registration standard.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—

(a) a satisfactory personal statement, as recognised by UWA;


(b) two satisfactory referees, as recognised by UWA;


(c) a curriculum vitae summarising relevant occupational and practical experience, as recognised by UWA;


(d) an interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in psychology with invitation to attend the interview based on Rules 4, 5(a), (b) and (c) and the interview quota for that year;


(e) the intake quota for that year.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 8 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;


(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules


13. In exceptional circumstances and on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Psychology, the Faculty may grant credit for coursework units to a total value of 24 points.