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Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice (PGDipPsychPrac) is a professional qualification that prepares you to work as a registered psychologist.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 year full-time
Study Mode

About this course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice (PGDipPsychPrac) is a professional qualification that prepares you to work as a registered psychologist.

Entry requirements

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

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a master's degree in psychology which is approved as meeting Psychologists Board requirements
  • be in employment (paid or unpaid) in a workplace where activities require engagement in psychologically based practice
  • have arranged for approved supervision in the field
  • meet the requirements set down by the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as being a fit and proper person to be registered
  • be accepted into the programme by a selection process including the below.

You will need to provide the following documents:

  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
  • the title and abstract of your master's thesis
  • current curriculum vitae or resume detailing your relevant training and experience
  • passport size photograph
  • brief personal statement (500 words or less) which includes your reasons for seeking a career in psychology and may list your perceived strengths and skills you will bring to your studies and training as a psychologist
  • a copy of Criminal Conviction request letters if applicable
  • a supporting statement from whanau/family (optional)
  • contact details of two referees (they will be automatically contacted to supply a confidential reference)

An interview may be required - indicate on your application which location would suit you best if you are shortlisted: Auckland (Albany) or Palmerston North.

If your master's or PhD thesis has not yet been examined, confirmation will be required from your supervisor that your thesis will be submitted no later than the first week in January and is likely to have a passing grade.

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Career pathways

Psychological practice isn't limited to one-to-one services for designated clients with mental health challenges. As a graduate of this programme, you might use your psychology knowledge to provide psychotherapy or counselling to individuals who are unwell, or you could be providing a different type of psychological service to the public. Common areas of practice include health psychology, kaupapa Maori psychology, community development, working with youth, and rehabilitation psychology.

Our graduates typically work in their community in:

  • health
  • education
  • social services
  • justice.

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.