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Graduate Certificate of Business Psychology


Faculty of Human Sciences
Graduate Certificate of Business Psychology (GradCertBusPsy)
Admission Requirement:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
• Two years full-time equivalent work experience at a managerial or professional level; or recent APAC accredited Australian level 8 qualification in psychology (with first class or second class honours division one) or recognised equivalent
Selection Criteria:
Certified copy of academic transcripts
Supplementary application form
2 referee reports
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 7.0 overall with minimum 7.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Attendance Mode:
Candidature Length:
Part-time: 1 year
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 0.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points 16
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 16
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Industrial and Organisational Psychology (4)
Industrial and Organisational Psychology (4)
12cp from
Coaching and Positive Psychology (4)
Organisational Change and Development (4)
Training in Organisations (4)
Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management (4)
Human Factors and New Technology (4)
Team Factors in the Workplace (4)
Applied Psychology in Human Resource Management (4)
Human Factors and New Technology (4)
Coaching and Positive Psychology (4)
Organisational Change and Development (4)
Team Factors in the Workplace (4)
Training in Organisations (4)


Program Learning Outcomes and Additional Information
AQF Level Level 8 Graduate Certificate
Overview and Aims of the Program The course aims to provide graduates and practising professionals with advanced knowledge in some of the fundamental areas of organisational psychology. It aims to provide students with professional development opportunities, enabling them to update their skills and broaden their knowledge of how psychological principles can be applied to the workplace.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated that students should be able to:
1) Apply their acquired knowledge and scholarly understanding of business psychology to address people-related problems and needs in the workplace;
2) Undertake the systematic enquiry and learning required to successfully complete projects in the workplace
3) Be able to think critically about and plan solutions for workplace problems
4) Communicate effectively across a range of workplaces, colleagues and other professionals
5) Demonstrate the professional and personal discernment required for assessing their future development needs at work

Learning and Teaching Methods Central to the pedagogical philosophy of this program is that students learn best when they are deeply engaged with the content. We aim to achieve this by presenting the material in innovative ways that clearly demonstrate its relevance to problem solving.

Throughout the course, we emphasize an inquiry-based learning approach that includes lectures, tutorials, and practical skill development classes.
Assessment Assessment tasks throughout the program are designed to match the knowledge, skills and personal attributes of those who work in roles that require the application of organisational psychology principles, along with meeting MQ graduate capabilities and AQF Masters requirements. At the Unit level, there is constructive alignment between specific learning outcomes and assessment tasks. Across the program, the following assessment tasks are used (depending on the electives chosen by the student):

• expert witness testimony
• seminar presentations
• reflective case reports and professional development plans
• professional portfolios
• written assignments
• multiple choice examinations
• case study analyses
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Students completing this course will extend their knowledge of people management within organisations to either enhance their current role or provide skills to pursue a new career in a wide range of organisations, in both the public and private sector. The field of organisational psychology was the fastest growing in America in 2014 so we expect that this trend will occur in Australia providing significant opportunities for graduates with the knowledge provided in this new degree.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148