Overview

Put yourself at the forefront of this developing discipline by joining a strand of applied psychology only offered at a few universities across the world. Discover and discuss the nature of happiness, what helps people thrive and make a difference to everyday lives.

Positive psychology is life changing. Our course helps you investigate the science behind how we can prepare for more successful lives and better well-being, through challenging existing cognitive and emotional patterns and encouraging positivity with evidence-based activities.

You’ll be introduced to research and interventions around topics like positive and negative emotions, character strengths, motivation, resilience, creativity, wisdom and other conditions shown to make a difference to the lives of individuals, groups and organisations. You'll constantly test your skills and apply them to real-life situations, coming to understand which tools and strategies to use in delivering meaningful, high-impact interventions.

You’ll be able to use your new skills to shape businesses, education and communities. Our wide choice of modules means that, whether you work in coaching, business, education or health, you can tailor your studies to your career goals. Our course will also suit you if you have a BSc in psychology and want to further your knowledge.

Your course is taught in Singapore. World renowned positive psychologists from Europe and America will travel to Singapore to impart their latest findings, researches, skills and industrial experiences with you.

You’ll complete four intensive week-long modules, followed by online research methods teaching and supervision for your major project. In-between modules you’ll undertake self-directed study.

Our tutors are leaders in the field of positive psychology. They include:

Dr Ilona Boniwell, Positive Psychologist, CEO of Positran, MAPP Strategic Programme Leader 

Dr Evelyn Rosset, Behavioural Psychologist, President of Humankind, Founder of Center of Positive Psychology France 

Dr Robert Diener, Founder of Positive Psychology Coaching, CEO Positive Acorn 



Careers

You could find yourself using positive psychology within training, government, an organisation or even in life coaching. You might want to use the sustainable well-being and development skills you gain in the charity, social enterprise or health sectors. Or you could even use the methods to transform a business or help develop and optimise the potential of a group, community or institution. In a nutshell, upon completion of the course, you would be a Certified Positive Psychology Coach, trainer and psychologist.

If you’re a qualified clinical psychologist, counsellor or psychotherapist, you’ll find positive psychology theory, research and applications will benefit your clinical work. Teachers, youth workers and educators also use positive psychology expertise in their work. 


Modules

Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership (120 credits)

1. Positive Psychology Training and Consultancy 

2. Positive Relationships 

3. Positive Psychology Coaching 

4. Positive Organisational Psychology


Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology (60 credits)

5. Research Methods for Psychology (online) 

6. Major Project (online) 


PGDPOPL1        Positive Psychology Training and Consultancy

In this module we will address the training and consultancy aspects of the Positive Organizational Psychology. We will critically explore what is meant by a Positive Psychological Interventions (PPI) and the intricacies of developing (design, implementation, and evaluation) an intervention and of achieving a good fit between the PPI’s initial theoretical intention and its effectiveness. We will explore published PPIs looking to identify skills, techniques, and strategies as well as noting blind-spots and identify weaknesses. We will expand our critical discussions around the practitioner-development aspects of engaging in applied positive psychology activities by also focusing on professional accountability, supervision and personal development as part of core PPI training needs.

This module will include both theories and practical tools for training around the concepts of happiness and emotions. It will further equip students with skills to facilitate and sustain optimal performance through helping their training participants to achieve work-life balance or time affluence.

The relationship between time, wellbeing and performance will be discussed and operationalized with regard to empirical research on various aspects of psychology of time, including time perspective and subjective time use. The module will examine known barriers to making a successful change, such as our beliefs, mindset, low levels of self-regulation and the complexity of the change process itself. Finally, the module will explore the interaction between our conscious and sub-conscious cognitive processes, introducing participants to the theories and tools of attention, cognitive flexibility and “nudging”.


PGDPOPL2        Positive Relationships

The subject area of positive relationships is still to receive a firm purposeful, systematic theoretical and empirical coverage. The aim of this module is to provide an overview of the current research on the topic of relationships from within the discipline of positive psychology per se and expand this by adding theoretical and philosophical ideas from related psychologically based disciplines – existential, developmental, and psychoanalytic ideas in particular.

Students will learn about the intertwined nature of self-and-others from a developmental/formative stance before examining the qualities that are believed to delineate positive relationships, the personal and interpersonal skills found to promote and maintain positive relationships, and the dilemmas and barriers to achieving this. The ability in relating to others is inherently underpinned by the process of relating to self. Throughout the module students will therefore be encouraged to strengthen their habit of self-reflection, critical skills and analytic thought in relation to each personal, academic and practitioner-oriented (as applied positive psychologists) levels of exploration. 


PGDPOPL3        Positive Psychology Coaching   

In recent years, a highly successful partnership was developed between coaching and positive psychology. Both coaching and positive psychology are natural allies in sharing an explicit concern with the enhancement of optimal functioning and well-being, challenging traditional assumptions about human nature and arguing for a strengths rather than deficiency-based approach to performance improvement.

Both claim that attention should be redirected from ‘fixing’ the client, or looking for signs of pathology (which may be framed as a job of therapists), to finding what is right with the person and working on enhancing it. Judging by the number of papers in coaching journals and keynotes in coaching conferences, positive psychology has become an essential fixture in the coaching world. Frequently seen as a theoretical panacea on which a convincing explanation for coaching effectiveness can be based upon, positive psychology has indeed offered a number of theories and empirical studies considered useful by coaching professionals. However, few attempts have been made to apply positive psychology concepts to coaching over and above some standard evidence-based psychology interventions (e.g. “three blessings”, “gratitude visit”, etc) that can often be perceived by coaches as inappropriate for their business clients.

The module aims to address the above reservations by discussing context appropriate ways to utilise existing positive psychology interventions, as well as introducing and practicing new positive psychology based tools and models developed specifically for coaching practice. Thus module will offer coaching practitioners a tangible ‘toolkit’ that enables them to translate concepts to action in a ‘nuts and bolts’ way.

Participants taking this module will learn the skills necessary to work as a change agent, whether in the capacity of manager, coach, or mentor through being presented with leading edge interventions based on the latest science.  These include a number of business relevant skills such as developing strengths for increased engagement, using “hope diagnosis” to promote perseverance and developing courageous leadership skills.


PGDPOPL4        Positive Organisational Psychology  

Positive Organisational Psychology module integrates the theory and practical tools from three discrete domains of scholarship: Positive Organisational Scholarship, Positive Organisational Behaviour and Appreciative Inquiry.

Positive Organisational Scholarship investigates positive deviance, or the ways in which organizations and their members flourish and prosper in especially favourable ways. Positive refers to an affirmative bias focused on the elevating processes and dynamics in organizations. Organizational refers to the processes and conditions that occur in and through organizations, especially taking into account the context in which positive phenomena occur. Scholarship refers to the scientific, theoretically based, and rigorous investigation of positive phenomena

Positive Organisational Behaviour is the study and application of positively oriented human resource strengths and psychological capacities that can be measured, developed, and effectively managed for performance improvement in today’s workplace

Appreciative Inquiry approach is a novel method of change management born in the end of the 1980’s in the USA. This approach is a shift from the traditional problem solving approach to focusing attention and basing the changes on the successes, the strengths, the positive energies of an organisation, rather than staying problems-, deficits-, or mistakes centred, yet following a well defined methodology.

The module will examine the concept and methodology of a broad positive approach as applied to the organizational and management context. Students will work on identifying the characteristics of a flourishing organisation, using the principles of strength based management, appreciative inquiry as a positive change method, positive organisational psychology assessment tools and positive management techniques.

They will also learn the practical skills of positing questions that open the floodgates for positive change, engaging the whole system, and generating measurable results.


Assessment

100% of your assessment will be through coursework. This could include essays, blogs, a reflective portfolio, self-reflective log, handouts, video presentation, mind maps, reports, a research proposal and a major project. You'll also get the chance to carry out an applied project in either a personal or professional setting, to give you experience of how positive psychology can be implemented in practice.


Entry Requirements

  • A recognised Masters in the related discipline or Bachelor in Psychology (with bridging modules GDAPP 02 and GDAPP 05), or
  • Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology from TSPP


Application Requirements

·Completed application form

·Completed essay

·1 recent passport sized photo

·One photocopy of NRIC or Singapore valid pass

·Updated resume

·Educational certificates and academic transcripts

·Application fee: SGD 150


Application Procedures

·Step 1: Pre-course interview with course supervisor

·Step 2: Write a 500 words mission statement for course application


Course Delivery

·Lectures and seminars

·Class presentation

·Group discussions

·Case studies

·Role plays

·Online discussion


Course Fees

Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership (120 credits)

  • SGD 26,500

MSc Applied Positive Psychology top up* (60 credits)

  • Non- EU students GBP 4,135


Course Duration

Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership (120 credits)

  • 12 months

MSc Applied Positive Psychology top up* (60 credits)

  • 6 months



Contact

Request prospectus by email info@positivepsych.edu.sg