The School of Positive Psychology

Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology

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Why do people behave in certain ways? What is going on in everyone’s mind? Why are some people happier than others? What influences our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours? Am I the same person when I’m alone or in a group?

The Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology introduces students to the study of the human mind and behaviour in individuals and groups. Students will consider how aspects of their biology, ways of thinking, social environment, relationships and social identity combine to make us who we are.

The course explores the development and applications of positive psychology as a paradigm shift in the field of psychology. Positive psychology places emphasis on subjective human experiences such as happiness and wellbeing, positive personality traits and their influence in the group and community.

Students will be introduced to a wide range of psychological approaches, looking into areas such as learning, memory, emotions, and identity. Apart from learning psychological theories, students will also be taught practical applications by being exposed to the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

This programme will give students a head start in pursuing further studies and by adding to their existing qualifications and experience by being able to apply psychological, counselling and positive psychology principles to individual, social and organisational matters.

Teacher-Student Ratio: 1:50

What You Will Learn

Students will gain an insight into the history of the field of psychology, explore major theories and research of prominent psychologists and researchers. 

Students will learn biological factors that influence the individual, explore the brain and cognitive abilities that aid in sensation and perception and the various ways in which we learn. You will learn what is intelligence and the various psychometric tests available to test intelligence. 

Students will learn various personality theories and personality tests. In psychotherapy, students will learn the fundamental theories and skills of counselling. They will be introduced to the various components of counselling such as questioning and responding skills. Students will understand the professionalism and ethical principles of being a therapist and learn the fundamentals of mental illness.

Course Modules

Entry Requirement

English language requirement

Course Assessment

Assignments, role-plays, presentations, discussions, examination

Course Duration

12 months, part time (Intakes in Jan / Apr / Jul / Oct)

Course Fee

SGD 8,424 w/GST 


What Students Say

Xie Li Xin
( Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology )
"I hope to learn more about human behaviour and mental processes and from attending the Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology course, I am beginning to understand about all these. I am now able to interact better with people around me, achieving better relationships with others. One of my favourite module in the Advanced Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology is Business Psychology, as it is benefiting me in line of what I am going to do next. That is starting a business in the near future."
Mahtani Aveen Gul
( Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology )
"The PDP course was extremely enjoyable yet progressive at the same time. The trainers that delivered the course material did so with ease and patience and were extremely open to any questions or clarifications we had. The content provided a vital platform and foundation for the practice of the various forms of interventions used in professional psychology."
Jennifer Mitchell, 2019
( Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology )
"This is a gratitude letter to thank you Patricia and all the staff for giving me this opportunity to pursue my dreams in a subject I have long been interested in. At my age and lack of A levels was always a problem in me finding a good academic course that I am interested in. You gave me a chance, and I am eternally grateful. Every module I’ve done has been an eye opener and a joy. I was searching for answers to answer questions in my own life. This course is doing that. I am especially grateful to Mr. Lam and Mr. Ho. their teachings helped me make sense of what goes on in my head. Thank you again for giving me hope of a happier and more fulfilled life. And thank you to Bernie for all her beautiful smiles, patience and helpfulness. You are all giving me a year to remember for the rest of my life - a very happy year!"
( Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology )
"The opportunity given to be studying in The School of Positive Psychology has given me a tremendous start to want to pursue a career in Psychotherapy. The lecturers and the staff of Positive Psychology has always been motivating and encouraging and the classrooms are designed such as to promote fun and happiness and interaction for students and I really like it! It’s interesting. It also always never fails to make me look forward to meeting my friends back in school, even though most of us are from different walks of life and it has also changed me to be more outspoken, positive in my daily life as well as to believe in myself that I am able to excel in what I’m good at. The learning journey, the friends I’ve got to meet, the lecturers and staff who make studying so much more fun and interesting, basically my whole journey with The School of Positive Psychology was indeed memorable and priceless to me."
Zax Woon
( Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology )
"I chose this course as I wanted to understand myself better and also to improve my interpersonal communication skills. It is also my aspiration to use positive psychology to coach others, inspire and help people around me to tap their fullest potential. And to improve their quality of life!"
Eve Tang
( Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology )
"I came across The School of Positive Psychology in the papers and decided to drop by and check out what they offer as I am interested in this field of study. I took fancy in the Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology course and it didn't take me long for me to apply as a student. After a year into this course, I took up the Advanced Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology. Business psychology and positive personality traits are the 2 most interesting modules in the course and it is very beneficial for me as a person and for whatever I might be doing it the future. Most of the psychologists (Lecturers) are fun and interesting, which makes the class fun and lively all the time. I enjoyed the class participations and discussions very much and my time spent here at The School of Positive Psychology."
Priya Lata D/O Kromoorthy, 2014
( Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology )
"The coaching style is very engaging! My favourite part of the course is the workshop where we got to do group and partner work because they provided the opportunity for hands on application of the theories we learned. I feel that what we learned can be used in more ways than one and it’s applicable to everyone!"
Victoria Conceiro, 2014
( Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology )
"I found the workshop in the course really awesome and so practical and helpful. I love the way we were so-called 'forced' to mix around and get to know each other. After the workshop, I found a stronger bond between my classmates and I, even those that I did not usually hang out with. I appreciated learning about Appreciative Inquiry and have started using that in various aspects of my life, such as at home and at work and I can see that it really does create a lighter and happier atmosphere with increased productivity and efficiency. I think this is because AI introduces a feel-good factor. To sum it up, the workshop was thoroughly enjoyable and educational. I give it a 10!"

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