About this program
This program has been approved by the Australian Government for student income support payments (Youth Allowance, Austudy and the Pensioner Education Supplement). Students should contact Centrelink for more information about their eligibility for student income support.
This program is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). The program focuses on developing both generic professional capabilities and specific competencies for enhancing the functions of individuals and organisations such as workplace counselling, psychological assessment, facilitation and consultancy, human resource management, program evaluation and training. The program is appropriate for practitioners who want to work, or are currently working, in public, private and community sector organisations in a range of developmental roles.
Before I enrol
Working with children check
Before undertaking professional placements, all students in this program are required to:
- undergo the Working with children check; and
- be issued with a Blue Card*; and
- provide a copy of the Blue Card to the Placement Officer for the program who will sight the original before accepting the copy.
[*] The Blue Card must be renewed by the student, upon expiration, throughout the duration of study. Students may be asked to present their Blue Card to facility staff on the first day of each placement and should keep their Blue Card on them at all times while attending placement.
The University is legally obliged to warn students that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application form. Further information may be obtained from the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian, the Placement Officer or from any Student Centre. Blue Card applications can be obtained from the following website and completed forms can be lodged at a Student Centre. There is no cost to a student if you apply for a Blue Card through a Student Centre.
Students in this program may undertake placement in Queensland and New South Wales. As such, students are required to comply with both the Queensland Health Policy for Immunisation of Health Care Workers and the New South Wales Policy Directive for Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases.
Before undertaking professional placements, all students must provide evidence of immunisation status to demonstrate compliance with Queensland Health and New South Wales Health policies as follows:
- it is a mandatory requirement for all health care worker students to be vaccinated against the Hepatitis B Virus and provide serological evidence of immunity and
- New South Wales Health requires health care worker students be immunised against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, Varicella Zoster virus, Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis and to undergo Tuberculosis screening.
In accordance with Queensland Health, NSW Health and Griffith Health policy, individuals infected with a blood-borne virus (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV) must not undertake exposure prone procedures. Infected students are encouraged to seek counselling in relation to personal health measures and training and career issues. Students should consult the Dental Board of Australia for any restrictions on practice.
It is the student's responsibility to meet any costs associated with compliance to the immunisation requirements. Please note that several months may be required to complete the prescribed courses of immunisation required for this program.
Students should also refer to the Immunisation and Infectious Disease policy on the Placement Essentials website.
National police records check
Before undertaking professional placements, all students in this program are required to:
- complete a National Police Check [code number 37] through the Australian Federal Police (students are not required to undertake a fingerprint check); and
- be issued with an Australian Federal Police National Police Check*; and
- provide a copy of the Check to the Placement Officer for the program, who will sight the original before accepting the copy.
[*] The Australian Federal Police National Police Check is valid for three years and may need to be renewed during a student's duration of study.
Students attending a New South Wales Health or Aged Care facility may be required to present their Australian Federal Police National Police Check to facility staff on the first day of each placement. Without this evidence, they will be asked to leave the placement.
Students may not attend aged care facilities if they have a criminal history that precludes them (under the Aged Care Act 1997) from undertaking placement in an aged care facility. For further information, refer to the Department of Health and Ageing. Students who are unable to complete the required components of their professional qualification may have their enrolment in the program terminated. In these circumstances, every effort will be made by the University to facilitate transfer of the student to another program where there are no professional placement restrictions.
It is the student's responsibility to obtain and submit the Australian Federal Police National Police Check (NPC) application form (from the following website) and to meet the application costs.
Criminal history check
The relevant Health Practitioner Registration Board has a statutory responsibility, when determining an applicant's eligibility for registration, to ensure that applicants for registration are fit to practise the profession. To meet this responsibility under the Health Practitioners Registration Act 2001, the relevant Board will consider the applicant's criminal history as defined in the Act. Students with a criminal history should consult their Health Practitioner Registration Board for any restrictions on registration and practice.
My attendance during the program
The Master of Organisational Psychology is offered full-time or part-time at either the Gold Coast or Mt Gravatt campuses. You may choose to study courses at other campuses if or where the program structure allows. You will be classed as a part-time student if you are enrolled in less than 30 credit points per semester.
Students enrolling in the Master of Organisational Psychology are required to complete coursework, supervised placements and a dissertation.
Coursework: You are required to attend approximately 3-6 hours of scheduled classes per week. Classes are scheduled from 5:30pm to accommodate students in full-time employment unavailable to attend classes during the day.
Placements: 1000 hours of supervised work experience (conducted off-campus) is a component of this program.
Dissertation: During your enrolment in the dissertation component of this program, it is expected that you will be able to work independently for most of the time. The requirement for on-campus attendance is relatively flexible and unstructured. However, you will be required to meet regularly with your supervisor and it is recommended that you discuss the on-campus attendance requirements with your supervisor at the start of the dissertation.
Queensland Health student orientation
Before undertaking professional placements in a Queensland Health facility, students are required to complete the Queensland Health Student Orientation Package and submit the orientation checklist to the Placements Officer:
Mater Misericordiae student orientation
Before undertaking professional placements in a Mater Misericordiae facility, students are required to complete a student orientation package for the facility they are attending:
Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.
In this program you will spend time in the work/professional environment undertaking placements at various locations. Placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including northern New South Wales and (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.
These pre-placement requirements also apply to work-integrated learning placements.
Students who are unable to provide documentary evidence of compliance or who have not otherwise met the identified pre-placement requirements by specified deadlines will be ineligible to attend their placement. Therefore, these students will not be permitted to enrol in the relevant course or will be administratively withdrawn from that course. No academic or financial penalty will apply where a student's enrolment is withdrawn under these circumstances.
The University's professional placement requirements are consistent with current State and Federal requirements. Students must also comply with the requirements of the facility providing the placement. Additionally, there may be other requirements then those detailed that must be met.
Professional placement requirements are subject to change. The University will endeavour to notify students within a reasonable timeframe of changes or additions to these requirements.
Students should refer to the following websites for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placements to ensure compliance and eligibility for professional placement:
What are the fees?
Commonwealth supported students
This program has Commonwealth supported places available in 2014.
- Commonwealth supported students make a student contribution towards the cost of their courses, while the majority of the cost is subsidised by the Australian Government.
- Students are liable for the student contribution charge for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
- HECS-HELP is a loan scheme which provides eligible Commonwealth supported students with assistance in paying their student contribution charge.
- Student contribution amounts are set by the Australian Government on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying postgraduate (domestic) students
- A fee-paying postgraduate student pays tuition fees.
- Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date (end of teaching week 4).
- The tuition fee for students who commence their program from 1 January 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the semester in which the student is enrolled.
- The tuition fee for students who commence their program prior to 2014 is charged according to the approved program fee for the semester in which the student commenced the program.
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Program fees for the Master of Organisational Psychology (5280)
Year Fee Category / Band Fee per CP Tuition Fee per EFTSL ( 80 cp) 2014 FPPG Band 23 $203.00 $16,240.00 2013 FPPG Band 23 $195.00 $15,600.00 2012 FPPG Band 23 $187.50 $15,000.00
Tuition fees for your full degree program
If a postgraduate student changes to a different program they will be subject to the approved program fee for the semester in which they are enrolled.
For further enquiries, please contact your nearest Griffith Student Centre.
Additional fee information
This postgraduate program has Commonwealth Supported Places. If you are eligible, the Australian Government will contribute to the cost of this program but you will also be required to make a contribution.
Quotas are applied for admission to the Commonwealth Supported Places. Where demand exceeds the number of available places, not all eligible applicants who meet minimum program entry standards may be offered a place. Assessment for admission is based on meritorious performance. If you are not successful in gaining a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible for a Fee-Paying Postgraduate place.
For more details, please refer to the Commonwealth Supported students and the Fee-Paying Postgraduate (Domestic) students information within the Fees section of this program.
My opportunities after graduation
My career opportunities
You'll find employment in a wide range of areas such as human resource management and personnel, management consulting, psychological assessment, selection and training, vocational counselling and life or workplace coaching. You may also seek to upgrade your qualifications to a higher degree by research or Professional Doctorate in Organisational Psychology in order to follow a more research-related career path.
The Psychology Board of Australia recognises graduates of this award for registration as a Psychologist.
The Master of Organisational Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).