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Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical)

Applications for the 2024 intake of the PGDipPsych(Clin) have 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.
Refer to the 'Key information' and 'Entry requirements' sections below for more information.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology is a specialist qualification leading to professional registration as a psychologist.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipPsych(Clin)) is a three-year programme.  The first two years of the programme are often taken concurrently with the Master of Social Sciences (MSocSc), but may also be coordinated with work toward a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); the Masters/PhD must be completed before beginning the final (internship) year of the programme.

The PGDipPsych(Clin) is comprised of academic coursework and supervised clinical practice. There is a gradual transition from an emphasis on didactic teaching and observation in the first year, to mainly supervised clinical experience (internships) in the third year. In all years, substantial independent work is required, such as accessing and reading journal articles and writing clinical reports and case studies.

Applicants interested in concurrent enrolment in a PhD should contact the convenor of the programme to discuss a programme of study.

Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology is a discipline characterised as an applied science, with a firm empirical foundation, and an emphasis on objective data to support assessment and treatment of persons who are experiencing psychological problems in their life.

Training in clinical psychology is based on the “Boulder model” where the emphasis is on the use of research-based knowledge to develop practical competencies. An integration of science and practice is emphasized so that research informs practice, practical understanding and issues guide meaningful research, and individualized and unique clinical work is strengthened by scientific method.

Clinical psychologists base their assessment and treatment on the evidence generated through research. Assessment and treatment with clients raises new questions which helps design research. For these reasons, clinical psychologists need to be trained in both practice and research as well as the integration of the two.

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Key information

Entry Requirements:

Refer to the programme regulations.

Years: 3 (part-time)
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $9,137 per year
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Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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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.

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Applications to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) close on 1 October of the year preceding entry.  Please apply early as applicants will go through a selection process.  Complete applications will be considered by the selection committee in October.  Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in November.

Please check your eligibility for entry before submitting an application.  An initial assessment of applications will commence in August, and a link to the selection form is shared with applicants mid-August.

Entry into the programme is competitive and places are limited.

The main criteria for selection are based on:

  • Academic record: We need to see evidence that you can perform very well in academic tasks such as critical reading of the literature and written communication, and have a solid background in the concepts and methods of psychology.  Postgraduate grades must be at least a B+ average.
  • Letters of recommendation:  Two letters are required.  Please choose people who can comment on your academic skills and record, and your suitability and capacity to relate to others.  Letters of recommendation must be sent directly by your referees to the programme.  Requirements for the Letter of recommendation are outlined in the selection form stage of your application.  We do not contact referees on your behalf.  It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive Letters of recommendation before the deadline.
  • Suitability for training: Consideration is given to demeanour, self-awareness, relevant experience, maturity, capacity for critical thinking, motivation to complete a three-year programme, and fitness for registration.
  • Personal essay: a one-page essay outlining your reasons for considering clinical psychology as a career, include a brief overview of your major interests within psychology and what you might hope to accomplish in your training.
  • Reflections on cultural responsiveness: short answer questions which include personal reflections about working with people from a different cultural context to yourself, your cultural background and experiences, the relevance of Te Tiriti in clinical practice.
  • Work experience:  paid or unpaid relevant work experience.

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