Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology combines a rigorous theoretical foundation with real-world practical applications, and integrates evidence-based coaching methodologies with the science of positive psychology.

This course will give you an understanding of the key theoretical constructs of positive psychology, teach you about the history and development of the discipline, and introduce core research methods used in positive psychology. Importantly, you will learn how to apply positive psychology principles in a wide range of settings including consulting, coaching, education and health-related settings.

The attendance pattern for this course is part-time only.

Course outline

View a sample study plan/course structure table.

Study plan


The course is normally completed over the course of two semesters on a part time basis only.

You will complete 24 credit points (cp) for the award, made up of two core units of study (12cp) and two elective units of study (12cp). You will normally complete two units per semester.

Further course information

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology delivers a solid grounding in both the theory and practice of positive psychology. Graduates will be able to apply the science of positive psychology in a wide range of contexts including consulting, coaching, education and health-related settings or as organisational change agents.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology requires:

(a) a three-year Psychology degree or a three-year degree in a cognate discipline; and
(b) a minimum of two years relevant employment experience.

Relevant work experience may include counselling, experience in organisational learning and development, management experience, employment in applied psychology settings, professional coaching or other areas directly related to coaching.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Apply online by clicking 'Apply Now' on the right hand side of this page. Keep in mind that you may need to supply supporting documentation and this will be outlined in the online application form. You may need to scan, upload and attach supporting documentation to your application. You can also save your application and finish completing it at a later date. Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty of Science.

Entry into the program is competitive. You should have either a three-year psychology degree or a three-year degree in a cognate discipline with a major in areas such as (but not limited to) arts, humanities, business, science or law. At least two years relevant employment experience is required. To help the assessment process we request that you provide the names of up to three referees, and include a short essay of 300 to 500 words outlining your prior experience, your interests in the program and your overall goals on graduation.

International students

How to apply

This course is not available to international students. Admission requirements apply only to domestic students.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students not available for Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology.

Annual review

Annual review not available for Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology.