(top-up pathway to MSc Applied Positive Psychology final year, Anglia Ruskin University)

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN POSITIVE ORGANISATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY AND LEADERSHIP (top-up pathway to MSc Applied Positive Psychology final year, Anglia Ruskin University) OVERVIEW

We are living in a VUCA world. Volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity in the current business climate call for new leadership models and new rules of engagement to navigate the age of artificial intelligence successfully.

We need innovators. We need originators. We need early adopters. We need agile learners. But we also need heart-focused leaders to prime organisations for success in tomorrow’s world.

To survive the future, organisations need to replace the old, fear-based approaches of

management that often results in high levels of disengagement and attrition, and embraces instead positive organisational science to optimise the performance of its workforce.

We need to create positive workplaces built on trust, collaboration, growth, support and wellbeing, as these hallmarks of positive psychology have been statistically proven to improve innovation, engagement, productivity, and profitability.

The demands of life are changing every day. The mindsets and behaviours that carried you through yesterday will not be enough to guarantee success tomorrow. Individuals who are nimble, open to change and embracing challenges will thrive.

Positive psychology is an emerging branch of applied psychology devoted to the pursuit of optimal levels of human functioning and well- being in the context of personal, group and organisational development.

Equip yourself with the Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership and place yourself at the vanguard of the science that drives organisational excellence.



Through this 12-month programme offered in affiliation with Anglia Ruskin University, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of positive organisational psychology and the various tools and strategies used to deliver high-impact interventions that enhance the psychological capital and optimise the wellbeing of your staff, team or coaching clients. You will be introduced to research and interventions around topics like positive and negative emotions, character strengths, motivation, resilience, creativity and wisdom, and learn real-life applications to promote psychological fitness and organisational wellbeing.



Teacher-Student Ratio: 1:20



This programme is suitable for psychology graduates, human resource professionals, corporate leaders, life coaches and trainers who will be able to use the skills acquired to influence government, business, education, and communities. We offer a wide selection of modules that allow you to tailor your learning to your career goals.

With the Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership, career pathways include working as a positive psychologist in government agencies such as the Army, as well as in human resource departments, schools, research and consulting firms, healthcare facilities and hospitals, and organisations that offer counselling services.

Industry applications include:

  • Developing wellbeing policies and programmes in government agencies, educational institutions, companies, social enterprises and charity organisations
  • Enhancing the clinical work of qualified clinical psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists with positive psychology theories, research and applications
  • Helping patients/clients discover ways to better understand themselves, develop better ways to cope with behavioural problems, reduce negative and unhealthy thought patterns, and build positive relationships at home and at work
  • Applying the science of positive leadership, authentic leadership and strengths-based leadership to transform a business into a positive organisation and elevate your company to the next level
  • Incorporating positive organisational behaviour theories to optimise human capital in the areas of talent management, recruitment strategies and employee engagement
  • Optimising the potential of a group, community or institution


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

Students may be required to undertake the following bridging modules as part of this programme:

GPSY 02 Applied Positive Psychology
GPSY 05 Resilience Training for Practitioners

Master of Science in Applied Positive Psychology (60 credits)
(The MSc Applied Positive Psychology is offered directly by Anglia Ruskin University and not through The School of Positive Psychology)

Top-up additional Module: Research Methods for Psychology (Online)

Top-up additional Module: Major Project (Online)


How can you optimise the effectiveness of your employees or training participants?

How does an individual’s belief system affect their personal motivation and how can we trigger a change in mindset to enhance intrinsic motivation?

How can we harness the collective intelligence of organisational members to encourage prosocial behaviours in the workplace?

These are some of the questions and topics that will be explored in the Positive Psychology Training and Consultancy module.

In this module, you will learn how to design, implement and evaluate various Positive Psychological Interventions (PPI) that can be used to elicit behavioural change, and gain a sound understanding of when to deploy a specific intervention in the context of your training and consultancy work.

You will critically assess the various PPIs; their skills, techniques and strategies, as well as identify the blind spots and weaknesses of each PPI. You will also learn how to determine the effectiveness, fit and relevance of each PPI in relation to your participants’ training objectives.

Learning methodology will cover both theoretical and practical tools for training around the concepts of happiness and emotions, through the use of the Hands-On-Thinking Method (HOTM) and research-based tools such as HEXTM Cards and Lego Serious Play to facilitate learning and creative collaboration.

In the course of this module, the relationship between time, wellbeing and performance will be discussed and operationalised for organisational excellence vis-à-vis empirical research on the psychology of time, time perspective and subjective time use. It will further equip learners with the skills to facilitate and sustain optimal performance in your training participants by helping them achieve work-life balance or time affluence.

Finally, the module will explore the interaction between our conscious and unconscious cognitive processes, including known barriers to implementing a successful change such as beliefs, mindset, low levels of self-regulation, and the complexity of the change process itself, and introduce participants to the theories and tools of attention-focusing, cognitive flexibility, and the concept of “nudge theory” in behavioural science.

2. POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS (Trainer: Evie Rosset)

How is the science behind quality social connections?

How can we enhance existing relationships and build new ones?

How is individual and collective wellbeing interrelated?

This module describes the science behind social connection and its goal. The first goal it to examine how we can use the research to improve the quality of our relationships, in the broadest sense of the term – not just family and friends, but also colleagues, neighbors, and strangers. This is not a course on love and marriage or our most intimate relationships; it is about the dozens of exchanges we encounter in our daily lives, whether in person or virtual.

The second goal is to examine the power of the situation in shaping our behavior. As social animals, we are highly influenced by immediate context, the larger culture, and the behavior and expectations of others.

The social side of our lives is rich. There is a wealth of research to discover. There are countless applications in our personal lives and in our professional lives. In presenting the science of social connection, the influence of the situation and how these two interact to yield countless possible applications.

Students will leave with an enriched understanding of the positive side of human social behavior, the potential it holds, and the potential each of us has to change it for the better.


How do we build the psychological capital of our employees and coachees to induce optimal performance?

How do we capitalise on their existing strengths and maximise their potential?

How do we successfully implement a change management programme to increase intrinsic motivation and engagement in the pursuit of individual and organisational goals?

This module is dedicated to optimising the performance and output of your employees or training/coaching clients through the deployment of science-based coaching methodologies and interventions.

In the study of Positive Psychology Coaching, traditional assumptions of human behaviour will be challenged as we critically explore the argument for strengths- rather than a deficiency-based approach to performance improvement.

This module will equip coaching practitioners with a tangible toolkit of skills to create, implement and sustain optimal performance by helping their coachees identify and harness their strengths while building upon their psychological capital.

It will introduce new positive psychology-based tools and models developed specifically for coaching practice, and discuss the various contexts in which to deploy existing Positive Psychology Interventions.

Learners will acquire the skills necessary to function as an effective change agent in the capacity of a manager, coach or mentor using leading-edge interventions based on the latest scientific research and discoveries. These include business-relevant skills such as strengths-development, and the application of goal theory and “hope diagnosis” to promote perseverance and develop courageous leadership skills.

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to clock 32 coaching training hours with the International Coach Federation (ICF), the gold standard credential for the coaching profession. They will also receive a certification accrediting the number of ICF hours clocked by The School of Positive Psychology and Positive Acorn, one of the leading authorities in the area of positive psychology coaching in the world.


In this module, students will be covering 3 key components:

Part A: Wellbeing for Individuals and Systems
Part B: Strengths Development
Part C: Self-paced Learning

Students who have successfully completed the Gradate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology (GDAPP) from TSPP will not be needed to attempt part A and B of the module. Graduates will only be required to complete part C: Self-paced Learning and Assessment.



Students will develop an advanced understanding of wellbeing from a micro and macro perspective.

From a micro-level standpoint, students will engage in online self-paced learning from Dr Robert Biswas-Diener. They will discuss and learn about a wide range of theories and research results from the research of happiness, including novel ideas about happiness intervention, the role of life circumstances, subjective wellbeing, and happiness-oriented thinking, among other topics.

Students will learn about positive psychology frameworks and systems-level approaches from the macro-level perspective – how we can enable social systems to help individuals thrive. 

Specifically, they will explore multiple perspectives on wellbeing through a cultural, ethical and social lens. By developing a ‘systems awareness’ and the unique needs of each system, they can start to develop and integrate wellbeing programmes that support diversity and inclusion. These concepts will help students understand how they can use positive psychology to make changes at a group or organisational level, taking cultural and contextual factors into account.

Students will be equipped with positive organisational psychology assessment tools and management techniques to create a prosocial workforce that values the virtues of human relationships such as authenticity, connection, and communication and inspires social change that could positively impact workplaces. 

In short, students will learn how to prime people and organisations for the vanguard of human excellence.




Students will explore the strengths tools used within positive psychology, VIA, Strength Profiler and Gallup.They will study the science of strengths as the foundation of positive psychology, and understanding the highest potential of the human race.

Students will learn about classifications and measures of strengths, and explore the diverse strength-based approaches for individuals, teams, and organisations. Students will have an opportunity to apply science-based practises to activate their strengths, learn the ‘golden mean’ of strengths, and explore how they can apply their unique strengths constellations across life domains.




Students will undergo a 5 hours self-paced study. This learning process will be done online, at students’ own comfort and convenience. Students will be led to discover in-depth insights about positive organisational psychology and its application in unique contexts. Students will explore strengths-based approaches in the workplace. Specifically, how to develop collective team strengths, and how to activate strengths in others. They will explore the concept of job crafting around strengths to increase motivation and collaboration in the workplace. Students will also be introduced to research on job satisfaction, engagement, productivity and collaboration. They will look into how individuals can use their leadership strengths to engage others to meet collective goals and objectives.


GPSY 02 Applied Positive Psychology

This module explores the science of optimal human functioning and unpacks concepts such as happiness, flourishing and wellbeing. This experiential course invites learners to engage in critical thinking by exploring Positive Psychology theories, models and concepts, and applying them to their cultural and unique contexts. Learners will gain a deep understanding of the PERMA model pillars, and find out how these can be applied to elevate wellbeing for self and others.

GPSY 05 Resilience Training for Practitioners

Resilience Training builds on research findings from four relevant fields of study which includes: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; resilience; post-traumatic growth; and positive psychology.

The module is organised around SPARK acronym, and teaches learners to break simple and complex situations into manageable components of Situation, Perception, Affect, Reaction and Knowledge. Originally developed by Dr. Ilona Boniwell and Dr. Lucy Ryan, this groundbreaking programme for developing resilience is currently employed by educational and people centric-organisations.

Learners will be introduced to a range of resilience skills and models that are applicable to support a non-clinical population to navigate challenges and stresses effectively. At the end of this professional workshop, the learner is certified to train others as a ‘SPARK Resilience Workplace Trainer’.

Part A (14 hours): The programme enables learners to challenge their interpretation of any life situation and consider other alternatives as they are being introduced to the skills of assertiveness and problem solving. Learners are also helped to build their own ‘resilience muscles’ through identifying their strengths, social support networks, sources of positive emotions and previous experiences of resilience.

Part B (7 hours): Learners will interact with resilience strategies and practical ways to apply resilience in a selected setting.


  • A Graduate Diploma in Applied Positive Psychology from TSPP, or
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (with bridging modules GPSY 02 Applied Positive Psychology and GPSY 05 Resilience Training for Practitioners), or

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline (with bridging modules GPSY 02 Applied Positive Psychology and GPSY 05 Resilience Training for Practitioners) and working experience in:

    ○  a supervisory or leadership role, or
    ○  a Human Resource, Learning and Development or Organisational Development position, or
    ○  Healthcare, Allied Health, or Education industry

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 160.50 w/GST


World-renowned authorities on the subject of positive psychology from Europe and North America will lead the programme in Singapore through intensive week-long masterclass seminars for each of the four modules, based on a schedule designed for adult learning.

Our professors will impart their leading edge expertise on positive organisational psychology including the latest research, industry experiences and evidence-based organisational leadership and coaching intervention tools. In between these face-to-face training sessions, self-directed study is recommended to build on your understanding of the concepts.

Step 1: Pre-course interview with course supervisor

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

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


Course fee: SGD 25,120.80 w/GST

Students may be required to undertake bridging modules as part of the PGDPOPL. Those with a Bachelor’s degree and have gained conditional acceptance to the programme are eligible for: 

GPSY 02 Applied Positive Psychology
GPSY 05 Resilience Training for Practitioners

• SGD 2,084.40 w/GST (per bridging module)

MSc Applied Positive Psychology top up* (60 credits)
(The MSc Applied Positive Psychology is offered directly by Anglia Ruskin University and not through The School of Positive Psychology)

  • Non- EU students GBP 4,135.00
Postgraduate Diploma in Positive Organisational Psychology and Leadership (120 credits)

  • 12 months

MSc Applied Positive Psychology top up* (60 credits)
(The MSc Applied Positive Psychology is offered directly by Anglia Ruskin University and not through The School of Positive Psychology)

  • 12 months

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