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Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClPs)

  • Graduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClPs) programme normally extends over three years of full-time University study.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
Course Code
PGDipClPs

About this course

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClPs) programme normally extends over three years of full-time University study. This includes a Probationary Year during which a candidate completes the final year of a Bachelor with Honours degree or an equivalent course, and two Professional Years during which postgraduate students in Clinical Psychology are concurrently enrolled for a Master's or Doctoral degree in Psychology and the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. In general, the syllabus is structured so that, as students proceed through the programme, there is progressively less emphasis on formal academic coursework and a correspondingly greater emphasis on practical training.

The number of students accepted each year into the training programme is limited by the number of practical clinical placements available. The present annual intake is 10 students. Candidates for entry into the programme need to have achieved a high standard of performance in their examinations at 200- and 300-level for the Bachelor with Honours degree in Psychology or in their examination for the ordinary Bachelor's degree with a major in Psychology.

Entry requirements

  1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Sciences), on the advice of the Clinical Psychology Admissions Committee.
  2. Candidates will be selected on the basis of their academic record, personal suitability and professional attributes. Applicants must demonstrate the capability to meet New Zealand Psychologists Board requirements for registration as a clinical psychologist, which shall include satisfying any police vetting and safety checking processes as prescribed by the Children's Act 2014.
  3. An applicant for provisional admission to the programme shall have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree majoring in Psychology or equivalent.
  4. An applicant for final admission to the programme shall
    1. have been admitted to the degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology or Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology, or equivalent; and
    2. have passed Psychology 400-level papers with an average grade of at least B+.

Study locations

Dunedin