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MAppPsy - Community Psychology as a second subject

Applications for the 2024 intakes of the PGDipPracPsych and MAppPsy programmes have now closed.
Apply now for 2025. Applications close on 1 October of the year prior to entry.

Entry is competitive and subject to departmental selection processes. Early application is encouraged.

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

Entry Requirements:

Refer to the programme regulations.

Years: 1-2 years
Start Dates: Trimester A (March)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $8,282 - $9,137 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $40,860 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *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

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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 graduate handbook


Donna Walsh
Programme Administrator
Phone: +64 7 837 9904
Email: [email protected]
Office: Hamilton Campus, K block, Level 1 (Room  K.1.12)
Office hours: 8.30am to 4.00pm