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MAppPsy - Community Psychology as a main subject

MAppPsy - Applications open on 14 September and close on 1 November each year.

PGDipPracPsych - Applications open September 14 and close November 1 each year.

Studying for your Master of Applied Psychology at the University of Waikato allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of one of two key areas of applied psychology.

Community psychology as an applied social science encourages inter-disciplinary approaches to learning, including sociology, community development, education and the policy sciences. Community psychologists contribute their expertise in a number of health and social services to encourage healthy people and communities. They develop, support and evaluate interventions that enhance health outcomes for individuals, whānau and communities.

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Key information

Years: 1-2 years
Start Dates: Trimester A (March)
Fees (Domestic): $7,705-$8,505 per year
Fees (International): $35,980 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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

  • Community Psychologist
  • Community Programme Coordinator
  • Team leader for disabilities support agency
  • Kaiwhakahaere (Iwi Liaison Policy Analyst)
  • Consumer Participation Coordinator
  • Social Development Manager
  • Māori Research Advisor
  • Health Promoter
  • Social Development
  • Relationships Manager
  • Independent Researcher and Evaluator
  • Public Health Evaluation Support
  • Policy Analyst
  • Private Practitioner
  • Research Scientist
  • Experimental Psychologist
  • Child Protection
  • Case Manager
  • Education and Development
  • Human Factors Consultant
  • Addictions Counsellor
  • Service Planner

Degree Planner

Students enrolled in the PGDipPracPsych(Comm) must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate University regulations, meet the School requirements for entry.

Criteria for approving entry includes academic ability, community related experience and/or interests, personal qualities, availability of suitable employment, and availability of suitable supervision. To be eligible for entry into the PGDipPracPsych(Comm), you must:

  1. Have successfully completed a Master's or Doctoral degree specialising in community psychology (or an equivalent qualification which includes sufficient research and taught papers in community psychology).
  2. Be in on-going employment (paid or unpaid) in an organisation which provides you with the opportunity to practise significantly in community psychology for a minimum of 1500 hours.
  3. Have appropriate supervision available, both University and in your employment setting.
  4. Have written agreement from your employer(s) which includes:
    1. Confirmation that the position(s) can be used as an internship;
    2. Agreement to appropriate placement supervision arrangements; and
    3. Agreement to your participation in the required coursework/supervision meetings.
  5. Be approved for admission into the programme by the Chairperson of the School of Psychology.
  6. Registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board as an ‘Intern Psychologist’.

Note that your internship will not begin until your registration as an intern psychologist is confirmed by the New Zealand Psychologists Board. The Board process can take up to 3 months, so you are advised to submit your registration application as soon as practicable. See details on registering as an ‘Intern Psychologist’.

Applications to enrol in the PGDipPracPsych(Comm) must be made to the Programme Administrator by 1 November. Ideally, you should have identified your proposed internship before you complete your application. However, if that is not possible, you may apply anyway: in that case, any acceptance into the programme will be conditional on obtaining an approved internship.

Before you apply, you are strongly advised to:

  • Thoroughly read the information in the Community Psychology Intern Handbook to ensure you are familiar with the requirements of the PGDipPracPsych(Comm); and
  • Discuss with the Programme Convenor the application requirements, particularly the nature of your employment and its suitability for the PGDipPracPsych(Comm).

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Graduate study in Community Psychology can be undertaken in the form of the Master of Applied Psychology or a Postgraduate Diploma.

Master of Applied Psychology in Community Psychology

To complete a MAppPsy in Community Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising:

Optional papers should be discussed with Community Psychology staff.

Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Community Psychology

The PGDipPracPsych is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time postgraduate diploma worth 120 points that leads to registration as a Psychologist. A PGDipPracPsych in Community 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 programme includes three courses that are normally taken simultaneously to complete the diploma.

  • PSYC541 Case Study Analysis in Applied Psychology (40 points)
  • PSYC542 Professional Issues in Psychology (20 points)
  • PSYCH543 The Practice of Community Psychology (60 points)

Read more information about the PGDipPracPsych(Comm) in the handbook.

To be considered for the PGDipPracPsych(Comm), applications must be received by 1 November in the year preceding study.

Subject links

Community Psychology

Undergraduate papers taught within the School of Psychology that will provide potential community psychology students with a strong theoretical basis for moving into graduate study in this field include:

  • PSYCH101 Social Psychology, Health and Wellbeing
  • PSYCH202 Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing
  • PSYCH211 Understanding Psychological Research
  • PSYCH302 Community, Culture and Diversity
  • PSYCH307 Psychological Research Methods

Community Psychology Programme Associates are experienced practitioners of community psychology who are willing and able to contribute to the training and mentoring of graduate students and, in a general sense, to represent the profession's interest in decision-making within the programme.

Current programme associates are:

  • Danielle Diamond, MAppPsy(Comm) Waik, PGDipPracPsych(Comm) Waik, Clinical Audit and Evaluation Leader, CMH DHB Mental Health and Addictions
  • Debbie Goodwin, MSW Massey, PGDipPracPsych(Comm) Waik, Independent Researcher / Evaluator, DBZ Consultancy Ltd
    Email: [email protected]
  • P. Ruth Buckingham, BA Massey. MSocSc. PGDipPsych(Com) Waik. JP, Manager, Social and Economic Science, Waikato Regional Council.  Registered Community Psychologist.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Jacqueline Henry, MSocSc(Hons), PGDipPsych(Com) Waik. Social Scientist, Social and Economic Science, Waikato Regional Council.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Ingrid Huygens, MA Auck. DipPsych(Com), PhD Waik. Director, Workwise Associates, National Coordinator, Tangata Tiriti Treaty People Education Project, Registered Community Psychologist.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Patricia Te Wairere Ahiahi Young, BSocSc, MSocSc, PGDipPsych(Com) Waik. PhD Vic. Independent Research-Evaluation, Rotorua.  Registered Community Psychologist.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Janelle Fisher BSocSc, MSocSc, PGDipPracPsych(Comm), Waik. Quality Practice Leader, Interactionz, Registered Community Psychologist.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Roxahn Hanes BSc South Carolina MSocSc PGDipPsych(Com) Waik. Manager Psychology & Counselling Service, St Peter's School.
    Email: [email protected]
  • Sherida Davy, MSocSc Waik, PGDipPracPsych(Comm) Waik, Consumer Participation Coordinator, BOP DHB Mental Health and Addiction Service
  • Hayley Lord, MHSM Massey, PGDipPracPsych(Comm) Waik, Quality Improvement Consultant, Kawakawa Group Hamilton.
    Email: [email protected]

Roles and expectations of CP Programme Associates

Academic Staff


Community Psychology Postgraduate Handbook
Community Psychology Intern Handbook


Programme Administrator
Phone: +64 7 838 4032
Email: [email protected]