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Dip - Psychology as a subject

A diploma is a short-term study option that can help pave your way to future success.

Psychology at Waikato offers numerous study options for those keen to pursue this remarkable discipline.

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Key information

Years: 1
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Clinical or Community Psychologist
  • Community Programme Coordinator
  • Human Resource Adviser
  • Private Practitioner
  • Research Scientist

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the Dip(SocSc), GradCert(Psych) and GradDip(Psych)

A Diploma in Social Sciences, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Psychology at an advanced level in their first degree.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Psych), PGDip(Psych), BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), BSocSc(Hons)

All programmes of study should be devised in consultation with the Head of School and/or the Graduate Studies Committee.

To complete a BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Psychology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PSYCH591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Psychology.

Note: PSYCH511, PSYCH513, PSYCH517, PSYCH518, PSYCH575, PSYCH581, PSYCH582 and PSYCH583 are NOT able to be counted towards the BSc(Hons).

Applications for entry to the BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) and BSocSc(Hons) close on the first Monday in December in the year preceding entry. Mid-year enrolments are accepted for the PGDip(Psych) only. Please contact the School of Psychology for further details. Applications for the PGDip(Psych) are accepted right up to the start of A and B trimester.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(ClinAniBehav), PGDip(ClinAniBehav) and MCAB

Note: The Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Clinical Animal Behaviour are not available in 2021.

Prescriptions for the PGDipPracPsych

A Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology is available to suitably qualified graduates and is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded endorsed in Applied Behaviour Analysis or Community Psychology. To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, students must gain 120 points from PSYC541, PSYC542 and PSYCH543 for Community Psychology, and PSYC551, PSYC552 and PSYCH553 for Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Prescriptions for the PGDipPsych(Clin)

Students considering enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, also meet the requirements for entry to the School's graduate programme. Applications must be received by 1 October in the year prior to their enrolment, and should be made to the Programme Administrator, School of Psychology. The number of students accepted into the programme is limited and shortlisted applicants are interviewed in November. Students should follow the application process as detailed on the University of Waikato's Clinical Psychology webpage.

Note: PSYC521, PSYC522, PSYC523, PSYC524, PSYCH526 and PSYCH527 are only available to students enrolled in the PGDipPsych(Clin).

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If you want to go on to graduate study – and we hope that you do – please consult the Graduate Handbook or talk to academic staff about your plans, particularly before you finalise your 300 level programme of study.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.

Subject links

Psychology Programme

There are many different pathways you can take when choosing Psychology as a career - for example, Organisational Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, or Organisational Psychology.

It's important to have your pathway in mind when you select your third-year papers, so talk to academic staff for recommendations or work with one of our student advisors - they can ensure that you select the right combination of papers to pursue your interest.


School of Psychology
Phone: +64 7 838 4080 or 0800 800 145
Email: [email protected]

School of Science
Phone: 0800 924 528 or +64 7 838 4625
Email: [email protected]