Master of Business Psychology (coursework)

This course provides extensive training in the application of psychological theories and principles to workplace settings so as to improve organisational performance whilst also enhancing employee wellbeing.

The course offers training in the following areas: undertaking effective research in organisations; psychological assessment for enhanced personnel selection outcomes; employee training and skill development; implementing organisational change initiatives effectively; improving work design to enhance employee effectiveness, wellbeing, health and safety; applying the principles of human factors to optimise human-system interactions; team development and team work; and effective leadership behaviour.

The course also includes the option to participate in an organisational consultancy project, giving you the opportunity to apply the principles you have learned in organisations, in a small group with other students, under guidance of a supervisor.

Course overview

Course title
Master of Business Psychology (coursework)
Award abbreviation
MBusPsych
Course code
73550
Course type
master's degree by coursework only
Status
current / 2022
Administered by
Psychological Science
CRICOS code
093572E

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year and mid-year
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Master of Business Psychology has the following exit awards: 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology (24 points) (24 points), 73390 Graduate Diploma in Business Psychology (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
96
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration
1.5 years (only when starting in semester 1) full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising 72 points of taught units and 24 points of admission credit, as recognised and granted by the School
Maximum course duration
2 full-time (or equivalent part-time) comprising up to 96 points of taught study (see Rule 5 for further information)
Time limit
5 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Commonwealth supported and/or HECS-HELP; or postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Student Procedures: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Lisette Kanse
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2022;
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 2023 or 2024.

Take units from this group as determined on admission to the course based on previous education.

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1PSYC4101Psychology Foundations: Mind and Brain
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
S2PSYC4102Psychology Foundations: Behaviour in Context
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
S1, S2SCIE4401Data Use in Science
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72550 Master of Geoscience or 72540 Master of Hydrogeology or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 71580 Master of Biotechnology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or 73530 Master of Agricultural Economics or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 70550 Master of Bioinformatics or 71590 Master of Oceanography or 74540 Master of Marine Biology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) STAT1400 Statistics for Science and Unit(s) STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics and Unit(s) SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis
24 hours. The total workload for this unit is 150 hours.
S1, S2SCIE4403The Conduct, Ethics and Communication of Science
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) SCOM1101 Communicating Science and Unit(s) SCOM2208 Science Writing
Weekly online workshops. This unit runs in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and can be taken in either semester.

Take all units (66 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S2HRMT5502People Analytics
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations (ID 45) or Course Enrolment 42270 Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics (ID 1458) or Course Enrolment 42630 Master of Business Analytics (ID 1478) or 73550 Master of Business Psychology (ID 1408)
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1PSYC5514Assessment and Selection
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 41650 Master of Commerce (Advanced) or 42610 Master of Professional Accounting (Advanced) or 41680 Master of Commerce or 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
lectures/tutorials: 36 hours (12 x 3 hours). Attendance to lectures is compulsory.
S2PSYC5515Organisational Development and Change
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 41680 Master of Commerce or 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations or 43550 Master of Commerce (coursework) and Master of International Commercial Law (coursework) or 52330 Graduate Diploma in Work Health and Safety or 62540 Master of Ocean Leadership or 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
up to 3 hours per week for 12 weeks, mix of lectures & activities
S1PSYC5518Team Work
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
up to 1.5 hr of online lectures per week; on average 1.5 hr of interactive online workshop per week (up to 3 of which will be offered f2f for multi-mode enrolments)
S1PSYC5542Human Factors
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 73550 Master of Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 3 hours per week (attendance to classes is compulsory)
S1PSYC5544Professional Skills
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology or 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
2 hours per week for 12 weeks, mix of lectures & activities
S1PSYC5550Organisational Consultancy Case Study
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 73550 Master of Business Psychology and Successful completion of one Unit(s) PSYC5544 Professional Skills or Unit(s) PSYC5515 Organisational Development and Change
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC4440 Organisational Consultancy Project Part 1 and Unit(s) PSYC4441 Organisational Consultancy Project Part 2
3 x 7-hour workshops.
S2PSYC5556Work Design
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 41660 Master of Human Resources and Employment Relations or 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
online lectures up to 1.5 hour per week; workshop activities up to 1.5 hour per week (f2f or interactive online depending on delivery mode)
S1PSYC5559Leadership
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
3 hours per week for 12 weeks, mix of lectures & activities
N/APSYC5573Psychology of Training
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 73550 Master of Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
seminars: 3 hours per week
S2PSYC5830Human and Organisational Factors in Managing Work Health and Safety
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 01880/54580 Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Unit(s) PSYC5730 Psychology-based Approaches in Managing Work Health and Safety
online lectures up to 1.5 hour per week; workshop activities up to 1.5 hour per week (f2f or interactive online depending on delivery mode)

Take one unit from this group, or an elective unit as approved on a case by case basis by the Course Coordinator or the Head of the School of Psychological Science:

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1EMPL5412Employment Relations
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2EMPL5501Strategic Workplace Relations
Prerequisites:
EMPL5412 Employment Relations
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1HRMT5501Diversity and Inclusion
Prerequisites:
HRMT5504 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2HRMT5504Introduction to Human Resource Management
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S1HRMT5518Strategic Human Resource Management
Prerequisites:
HRMT5504 Introduction to Human Resource Management
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1INMT5504Business Process Management
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2MGMT5507Management and Organisations
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MGMT1136 Management and Organisations
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S2MGMT5508Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
seminars: 3 hours per week for 12 weeks
S1MGMT5660Applied Project Management
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
MGMT5665 Project Management
lectures/seminars: up to 3 hours per week
S2MKTG5502Digital Marketing
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
Nil
Semester 2: Up to 3 hours per week.
S1, S2MKTG5561Marketing Management
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
MKTG5550 Marketing Principles
Contact hours: up to 3 hours per week
S1MKTG5578Business Relationship Management
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
lectures/seminars/workshops: up to 3 hours per week
S1, S2SCIE5304Science Practicum
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in 51580 Master of Science Communication or 52510 Master of Exercise Science or 72530 Master of Environmental Science or 72520 Master of Biological Science or 71530 Master of Biological Arts or 72510 Master of Agricultural Science or 71520 Master of Biomedical Science or 73550 Master of Business Psychology or 71570 Master of Geographic Information Science or 71590 Master of Oceanography or 74540 Master of Marine Biology and approval of the unit coordinator
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
Contact hours in Practicum placement (the majority of student time in the unit) as arranged with the unit coordinator and host/supervisor. Additional, minor, contact hours for initial and post-placement discussions with coordinator, and final presentation and review.
NS, S1, S2, SSSVLG5001McCusker Centre for Citizenship Internship
Prerequisites:
For Juris Doctor students: LAWS4101 Foundations of Law and Lawyering, LAWS4102 Criminal Law, LAWS4103 Contract, LAWS4104 Property, LAWS4106 Torts, LAWS4109 Legal Theory and Ethics; for other students, none. Permission/approval is required to enrol.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
for Juris Doctor students: LAWS5174 Legal Internship
Internship experience: approximately 100 hours; McCusker Centre attendance: approximately 8 hours
N/ASVLG5003Wicked Problems
Prerequisites:
any bachelor's degree; permission/approval is required to enrol
Co-requisites:
nil
Incompatibility:
nil
The unit is a 6 week intensive. Attendance at the service learning location is required every day for the first week. In the remaining weeks, students will work independently in project teams, with classroom time reduced to around 15-20 hours altogether.

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

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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

English Language competency requirements

3. 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.

Admission requirements

4.(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;

and

(b) the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 60 per cent; or

(2) completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology at UWA with a weighted average mark of at least 50 per cent.

Admission ranking and selection

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

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit awards:

  • 73290 Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology (24 points)
  • 73390 Graduate Diploma in Business Psychology (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Master of Business Psychology course before completing it, but after completing PSYC5556, and 3 out of the following 5 units:

PSYC5515, PSYC5830, PSYC5544, PSYC5518 and PSYC5559,, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Business Psychology.

(3) A student who withdraws from the Master of Business Psychology course before completing it, but who has completed 8 units, other than conversion units, of which at least 7 core units,, may apply to the School to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Business Psychology.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points (maximum value) which include conversion units to a value of 24 points.

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

(3) Students who have completed a bachelor's degree in psychology, or an equivalent qualification as recognised by UWA are granted credit for conversion units up to a value of 24 points.

Satisfactory progress

8. To make satisfactory progress a student must pass units to a point value greater than half the total value of units in which they remain enrolled after the final date for withdrawal without academic penalty.

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 9 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 which is calculated based on—

(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;

and

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

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).