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1 year full-time
or part-time equivalent
Completion of an AQF level 7 psychology-based bachelor degree within the past 10 years; or equivalent
This one-year, full-time course will equip you with advanced skills in applied psychology and research skills to advance your career in psychological science or open doors to a PhD. Benefit from the flexibility of online learning in this Masters course designed for the contemporary professional world.
Study the psychology of leadership, including creativity and innovation, persuasion and communication skills, and contemporary skills for professionals. In your capstone subject, apply advanced knowledge to design and present an industry-related, research-based project of your choosing.
The Master of Psychological Science is an AQF Level 9 Masters by Coursework degree. It is a non-accredited pathway—it will not lead toward registration as a psychologist—but it will provide you with important psychology-based knowledge and skills to thrive in your career or PhD.
View the Handbook for a detailed overview of available subjects.
Meet the changing needs of the business world with a major in business psychology. You will study subjects on teams and culture, workplace psychological health, enhancing performance, and consumer psychology. Equip yourself with the skills businesses need to thrive.
JCU’s Master of Psychological Science gives you the contemporary knowledge and leadership skills to work in a broad range of industries. The program is designed for people interested in using psychological theory and knowledge in business, without seeking registration as a psychologist.
Graduates may pursue careers in consulting and market research, government corporations, and universities. Examples of future roles may include organisational development consultant, management consultant, change manager, change analyst, human resources manager, or human factors specialist.
Master of Psychological Science
Master (Coursework) (AQF Level 9)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Completion of an AQF level 7 psychology-based bachelor degree at this or another University within the past 10 years; or
Other qualifications/experience deemed to be equivalent, as approved by the Deputy-Vice Chancellor, Division of Tropical Health and Medicine.
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 1 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Information published by JCU or otherwise made available to students when applying, may specify additional criteria to be considered in ranking applicants in order of merit if the number of applications exceeds a quota or other limit on the places made available for the course. Information provided by applicants during the application process and any other information obtained by JCU in the application process may be used by JCU to rank applicants in order of merit by reference to those additional criteria.
Special admission requirements
Candidates will need to ensure that they have reliable access to internet services and computing resources. Candidates that do not meet the course pre-requisites may be given a packaged offer, with entry into the Master of Psychological Science contingent upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
36 credit points as per course structure
Course learning outcomes
On successful completion of Master of Psychological Science, graduates will be able to:
Inherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.
PY5401:03 Leadership, Creativity and Innovation
PY5402:03 Persuasion and Communication Skills
PY5403:03 Contemporary Skills for Professionals
PY5404:03 Research Methods for Project Planning and Evaluation
PY5405:06 Major Project
Select a major from Table A
TABLE A (Majors)
Type of major
Credit points in major
18 credit points
Expected time to complete
1 year full-time (4 subjects per trimester) or part-time equivalent
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Students enrolled in the packaged Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science-Master of Psychological Science, must complete all requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science prior to commencing the Master of Psychological Science.
Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)
Course includes mandatory fieldwork
Maximum allowed Pass
Supplementary exam for
Students may apply for credit for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure
18 credit points
Credit will be granted only for subjects completed in the 10 years prior to the commencement of this course
Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 14 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit is based if, by then, the student has not completed this course.
MASTER OF PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Inclusion of majors on
Majors will appear on the testamur
Exit with lesser award
Students admitted to the packaged Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science-Master of Psychological Science, must complete all requirements of the Graduate Certificate of Psychological Science prior to commencing the Master of Psychological Science.
Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.
Professor James Dimmock
The Master of Psychological Science builds skills that are applicable in a variety of contexts, including family-life and the workplace, and students will immediately see the relevance of the coursework to their lives. We look forward to welcoming you to JCU’s Master of Psychological Science.
Dr Smita Singh
Senior Lecturer of Psychology, JCU Singapore
Students will be able to build a rich base in advanced psychological concepts and contemporary research skills. They will also be exposed to case studies, introspective exercises and knowledge on how to function and make decisions under pressure. This will give them a foundation for lifelong impact in their careers.