Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Psychology

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





4 years full-time
8 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

Exempt under RTP (more)

Commencing in

Trimester 1

Next start date

Trimester 1 2020

Applications close

Monday, 30 September 2019

Next scholarship round closes

Tuesday, 1 October 2019 (more)

How to apply

You can apply directly to Griffith University for entry into this program. To begin your application, add this program to your shortlist.

Apply online

Next intake (Gold Coast Campus, Mt Gravatt Campus) Applications close
Trimester 1, 2020
Orientation commences Monday, 17 February 2020
Monday, 30 September 2019.

Check the eligibility requirements in the sections on this webpage.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements: Students with a Class I or Class IIA Honours degree may apply for entry to this program.

Personal and interpersonal effectiveness: Given the level of personal and interpersonal effectiveness required for successful practice, applicants will be expected to demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skill. A panel of staff will conduct a multi-step interview process with all eligible applicants.

Professional requirements: Admission to all postgraduate organisational Psychology programs is restricted to students who are registered Psychologists or who are eligible for probationary registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

The following University policy will apply to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs:


The majority of scholarships are awarded in the annual scholarship round. Applications received at other times are considered on a case-by-case basis with scholarships awarded to high quality applicants. These include applicants from Australian institutions graduating in Trimester/Semester 1 and who wish to commence in Trimester 2. Applicants applying at other times should submit their application four months before the preferred intake date.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are described below.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Griffith University awards credit for prior learning which may relate to prior formal learning or prior informal and non-formal learning. For more information see below.

How to apply

To prepare for completing your application online, you will need to:

  • check the Admission and English Language Proficiency requirements to find out if you are academically qualified to apply for this program;
  • check any program fees applicable to you if you were to undertake this program;
  • develop a proposed Research Topic and Research Proposal in your area of interest;
  • identify at least one potential Griffith supervisor who has reviewed your Research Proposal and has agreed to supervise you;
  • identify two Academic Referees who are willing to act as a Referee on your behalf;
  • develop a Curriculum Vitae (CV).

More detail on each of the above preparation steps including what to feature in your Research Proposal or CV and how to find a supervisor are outlined on the Research Study - How to apply website.


Once you are ready to apply, you can add this program to your shortlist at the top of this page or apply for this program now (a maximum of three preferences is allowed).

Griffith will assess your first preference and will only assess subsequent preferences if you are not successful.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be sent an email about how to track your application.

For a full list of your incomplete or submitted applications, please view your application list.

Extra information

In addition to your online application, applicants who apply for the Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Psychology are required to use the Australian Psychology Postgraduate Program Reference Request System. The Reference Request System allows applicants for Australian postgraduate programs in Psychology to apply for a reference from academic and/or professional referees and for these references to be shared with the nominated institutions. For further information regarding this system, please visit the Reference Request System website.

The process is as follows:

  • The applicant registers online via the Reference Request System website and pays the $25 subscription fee.
  • The applicant nominates referees and indicates the programs and institutions to which they are applying. The applicant is required to provide two references.
  • The referees complete a reference online.
  • The applicant then allows the completed references to be shared with the programs to which they have applied.
  • This system is the same across all Australian Universities. To be able to use the system, you will need to have an active subscription which can be paid through the 'My Account' section in the payment tab.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to Higher Degree Research (HDR) programs in Psychology are as follows:

  • A minimum overall band score of 7.0 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 7.0
  • English test results must be no more than two years old.

The Direct Entry Program (DEP) pathway is not accepted for this program.

Credit and recognition of prior learning