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PGCert - Psychology as a subject

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas provide the opportunity for continuing professional development in the same area as an original degree.

Psychology is about understanding the behaviour and cognitive processes of people and animals in their physical, social and organisational environment. As a behavioural science, it examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, it focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, it studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science it studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology.

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Key information

Years: 0.5
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (International): $17,950 - $22,875 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

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

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Psych) and PGDip(Psych)

To complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology, students must complete 60 points from 500 level Psychology papers.

To complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 90 points from Psychology papers.

All programmes of study should be devised in consultation with the relevant pathway Programme convenor, Head of School or the Graduate Studies Convenor.

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Graduate study options

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology

Master of Applied Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology (Taught 180-point Masters)

Master of Science (Research) in Psychology

Master of Social Sciences in Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical)

Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology

There are many different pathways you can take when choosing Psychology as a career - for example, Community Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural Psychology or Clinical 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 4136
Email: [email protected]
Location: Hamilton Campus, K block, Level 1, Room  K.1.12
Office hours: 8.30am to 4.00pm

School of Science
Phone: 0800 924 528 or +64 7 838 4625
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