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Doctor of Clinical Psychology

  • Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology is a professional qualification that prepares you to integrate practice and research in your career as a clinical psychologist. Places on this programme are highly sought-after and there is a competitive entry process.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
Duration
3 years full-time
Study Mode
In person

About this course

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology is a professional qualification that prepares you to integrate practice and research in your career as a clinical psychologist.

Places on this programme are highly sought-after and there is a competitive entry process.

Clinical psychology is an applied branch of psychology. It uses psychological techniques to help people solve a wide variety of mental, physical, behavioural and relationship problems.

Entry requirements

This programme is a selected entry programme. This means there are a number of extra requirements you must meet.

To enter the Doctor of Clinical Psychology you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor with honours or master's in psychology with the award of first class or second class division I honours, or equivalent
  • passed the following courses (or their equivalent) in your qualifying degree:
    • 175.738
    • 175.781
    • 175.782
    • 175.783
  • have sufficient personal qualities, ethical standards and professional potential to satisfy the Doctoral Research Committee you have the capacity to successfully undertake the programme, and to satisfy the requirements for eligibility to practice as a Registered Psychologist in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act of 2003 (or as amended)
  • supply all documentation as listed below
  • be offered a place in the programme following a selection interview.

Please note that there are more applicants than places, and candidates who meet the above conditions also need to be offered a place following a selection interview.

Applications close 1 September of the preceding year. No late applications will be accepted.

You must ensure that all documentation is supplied well in advance of the closing date. If you are applying close to the deadline you will need to ensure your referees are advised, as their report must be received by the closing date.

Study locations

Auckland

Wellington

Manawatu

Career pathways

Our clinical psychology graduates typically work in their community in:

  • health
  • education
  • social services
  • justice
  • private practice.

Credit for prior study or work

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

  • review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
  • contact us through the Enquire button on this page.