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)

Why choose this program?

You will develop generic professional skills in areas such as workplace counselling, psychological assessment, facilitation and consultancy, human resource management, program evaluation and training, as well as advanced research skills. This program is accredited with the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Attendance information

The Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Psychology is offered full-time or part-time at the Mt Gravatt campus. You may choose to study courses at other campuses if or where the program structure allows. You will be classed as a part-time student if you are enrolled in less than 30 credit points per trimester.

Students enrolling in the Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Psychology are required to complete coursework, supervised placements and a dissertation.

Coursework: You are required to attend approximately 3-6 hours of scheduled classes per week.

Placements: 1000 hours of supervised work experience (conducted off-campus) is a component of this program.

Dissertation: During your enrolment in the dissertation component of this program, it is expected that you will be able to work independently for most of the time. The requirement for on-campus attendance is relatively flexible and unstructured. However, you will be required to meet regularly with your supervisor and it is recommended that you discuss the on-campus attendance requirements with your supervisor at the start of the dissertation.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities (professional placements) integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. The inclusion of work-integrated learning activities in the degree program demonstrates Griffith's commitment to preparing its graduates for success in their working life.

In this program you will spend time in the work/professional environment undertaking placements at various locations. Placements may be outside of the Brisbane metropolitan/Gold Coast area including northern New South Wales and (by negotiation) interstate or overseas.

My career opportunities

You will be prepared for a research career in academia or in other organisations. You will also be able to further your career in public, private, and community sector organisations in consultancy roles.

Program accreditation

The Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Professional recognition

The Psychology Board of Australia recognises graduates of this award for registration as a Psychologist.

Before I enrol

  • Criminal History Check
  • Immunisation and Health Record
  • Working with Children Check (Blue Card)

Professional placements

  • Griffith University Health and Safety Induction
  • Griffith University Student Deed Poll
  • New South Wales Health placement requirements (including mandatory training)
  • Provisional registration
  • Queensland Health placement requirements

There are placements associated with this program. Students should refer to the checklist of pre-placement and placement requirements for their Health discipline on the Fit for Placement website for full details of the requirements regarding clinical placement to ensure that they meet eligibility for placement.

Note: In the event that there is a difference between the contents published on the Fit for Placement website and the program-specific information published on the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses websites, or where information published on the Fit for Placement website is not in accordance with University Policy, the Degree and Career Finder/Programs and Courses website contents and University Policy shall override the information on the Fit for Placement website.

Additional fee information

Domestic research candidates

Domestic candidates who are admitted to this Higher Degree Research (HDR) program are exempt from tuition fees. Candidates will be provided a Commonwealth Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fee Offset supplemented by tuition fee support from Griffith University.