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Master of  Business Psychology

Program code: 5665

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)

Learn how to use psychological science to improve organisational effectiveness and make work safer and more rewarding for people.

  • This program will develop your psychological expertise and business acumen, and equip you with the skills needed to enhance individual, team and organisational effectiveness across business, government and not-for-profit sectors.
  • Tailor your coursework and placements to match your career goals, giving you the skills needed to design high-performance work systems, improve the quality of professional leadership, and create a culture in which people are valued and rewarded.
  • Undertake coursework designed to meet industry demand for consultants who understand business issues and problems. You will learn to use the latest psychological science to develop practical solutions for those problems.
  • Graduate with a respected qualification that will open the door to a career in consultancy, professional services firms (both large and small), publicly listed companies, government agencies, and not-for-profit organisations.

The Master of Business Psychology offers a unique opportunity to sharpen your skills under the supervision of experienced practitioners as you build networks with future employers.

  • Fast Facts

    Global standing

    UQ's School of Psychology is the largest school of psychology in Australia, and is recognised globally as a centre of excellence in business and organisational psychology. The school was ranked 27th in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    UQ's School of Psychology has the largest concentration of expertise in business and organisational psychology the Asia Pacific. Our staff are internationally recognised as leaders in fields as diverse as leadership, group processes, motivation, performance, well-being, human factors and safety.

  • How UQ Psychology is changing the world

  • Employability
    "This is a world-class program that gives you the opportunity to work with some of the world’s leading experts in the field. This degree will kick-start your career." Mark Howarth,
    Manager, People Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

Career outcomes

Graduates with a background in business psychology are sought after for their analytical and practical skills, along with their knowledge of human behaviour.

Graduates can work both as internal and external consultants in a range of areas, including:

  • strategic management
  • organisational development
  • leadership and talent management
  • change management
  • work and organisational design
  • learning and development
  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • coaching, mentoring and career development
  • recruitment and selection
  • human factors and safety.

Graduates from the program help to transform people, systems, and culture. They work to enhance motivation, productivity and well-being; they redesign processes, roles & technologies; and they improve the quality of leadership in organisations.

Master of Business Psychology students are also eligible to apply to complete a PhD concurrently with their degree. The PhD in Business Psychology is designed for people who want to combine research and practice, and provides more rigorous training, not only in research, but more generally in problem-solving and analysis.  

  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    The Business and Organisational Psychology Laboratory (BOP-L) group runs regular seminars and workshops for students. BOP-L is a student-led initiative that aims to create a safe and supportive environment for students and academics to connect and collaborate.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


An approved bachelor honours degree in psychology with honours class I or IIA degree or equivalent four-year program from a recognised tertiary institution.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Business Psychology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Business Psychology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Practicals, placements and internships

You will have the opportunity to develop your skills and apply your knowledge under your project courses working as part of a team on consultancy projects, and complete internships with external organisations. Placements will be within a reasonable distance of the UQ campus but you should expect to travel up to 60 minutes away. There will be no extra costs for the placements in addition to course fees except for incidentals such as travel and daily expenses.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Business Psychology pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $25,760
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Business Psychology at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Master of Business Psychology can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Business Psychology is 5665. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

Irrespective of professional background, entry to the program will be considered on the basis of previous academic study, experience and personal qualities.

Applicants must nominate two referees and include a CV with their on-line application. Shortlisted candidates attend an assessment centre, in which they complete a written case study, participate in a group exercise, and are interviewed.

Late applications may be considered. Contact the School of Psychology for further information.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Business Psychology is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - September 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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