Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Education Award Professional Certificate


Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology

Course Code


Partner Faculty

Melbourne Graduate School of Education

Course Description

The Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology critically examines contemporary science-based methods for enhancing the wellbeing, performance and motivation of staff and clients.

The course includes a range of evidence-based applications to improve positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment for people of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the relevance and application of positive psychology to professional practice, particularly in health, business and organisational contexts.


The course will be delivered at the University of Melbourne, Parkville campus

2017 Delivery Dates

Introduction to Positive Psychology

  • Friday 24th and Saturday 25th February 2017

  • Friday 24th March 2017

Positive Psychology in Practice

  • Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April 2017

  • Friday 26 May 2017

Delivery Mode

On-campus (face to face teaching in Melbourne)

Who Should Apply

The course is designed for people who are interested in applying the science of positive psychology in health, business and organisational contexts.


The course consists of two subjects totalling 25 credit points:

Introduction to Positive Psychology
You will reflect on current trends in positive psychology research and apply contemporary scientific theories to issues of wellbeing in applied settings.

Positive Psychology in Practice
You will examine how positive psychology interventions and programs are designed, delivered and evaluated.


Each subject consists of 5000 words assessment including essays, journals, presentations and reports.

It is anticipated students spend approximately 120 hours per subject for research and completing the assessment component.

Subject One

Type of Assessment (Including Extent/Duration)

Timing of Assessment

Assessment %

Due Date

Assessment 1:

Theory Essay (1000 words)

10 days after first workshop day.


7 March 2017

Assessment 2:

Reflective Journal (personal and work) (formal academic writing 1500 words plus 1500 words reflective journaling)

One week prior to final workshop day.


17 March 2017

Assessment 3:

Research Evidence Verbal Presentation (15 mins oral) and Report (1000 words)

Presentation on final workshop day. Written report one week after final workshop day.


24 March 2017 (Present)

31 March 2017 (Report)

Pathways to Further Study

Successful completion of this course may provide credit towards the Master of Education at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. It may also assist with entry to the Master of Applied Positive Psychology, although it cannot be included as credit towards that program.

All graduates would be entitled to submit an application for credit, and the relevant course coordinator may then grant that credit.

Academic and Teaching Team

Associate Professor Lindsay Oades (MBA PhD) is the Director of the Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology. Lindsay champions an interdisciplinary approach to wellbeing, drawing on his experience in health services, business and education. He has taught in Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong (China) and Japan and has published over 100 articles and book chapters related to wellbeing, recovery and coaching. Additional experts in the field of positive psychology and its applications will be involved in the delivery of this course.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following entry requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline, and

  • 2 years professional experience.

All students are required to meet the English Language requirements of the University.

Please attach supporting documentation to your application. The supporting documentation required is an academic transcript, CV/Resume (evidence of two years professional experience) and proof of citizenship such as a birth certificate or passport.

Course Fees

In 2017, the course fee for the Professional Certificate in Positive Psychology is $5,984.00* per person.

Fees are payable prior to the commencement of the first subject.

*Subject to final Academic Board approval.


FEE-HELP is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.

Additional Information

Enrol Early - Limited Places!

Applications have been extended until Friday, 10th February 2017.

Contact Us

Danielle Boardman
Program Coordinator, Teaching and Learning
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 8344 3154