Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology


This diploma is a professional qualification in Clinical Psychology. It is made up of a strong practical component, which facilitates a greater understanding of real people and their experiences.

A career as a clinical psychologist is a valuable profession; where people express their deepest feelings and entrust you to guide them to a positive transformation. Through helping individuals, this ultimately can help to shape a better society as a whole.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate certificates and diplomas require a relevant bachelor's degree. If you gained your qualifications overseas, these will need to be assessed to ensure they are of an equivalent standard. 

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification specific requirements

This is a limited entry programme (of 10-12 people each year). A special application is required. See 'How to apply' for more details.

Candidates are required to have a minimum of an honours bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Bachelor of Arts with Honours or Bachelor of Science with Honours) or Part I of a master’s degree in Psychology (Master of Arts or Master of Science) from a New Zealand university, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and approved by the Head of Department.

For full entry requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology or use the admission requirements checker.

Please note: To be eligible for registration as a psychologist by the New Zealand Psychologists Board under the Clinical Scope of Practice, applicants must have fulfilled the requirements which include a minimum level of academic attainment (a master's degree) and supervised practice hours. Concurrent enrolment in a master's may therefore be required. Concurrent enrolment in a PhD is also possible.

Qualification structure and duration

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology consists of two years of coursework and at least one year of practical work experience. Usually the PGDipClinPsyc is completed in three years including a full-year internship (or part-time equivalent).

Subjects and courses

For the up-to-date schedule of courses, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

How to apply

Selection for the programme is competitive as 10-12 people are selected each year. Selection is based on academic record, letters of recommendation, research interests and experience in social service work, broadly defined.

Applications close on 30 September. Application information is available from the Department of Psychology website.

Career opportunities

Postgraduate study can bring many career benefits eg, specialist skills and enhanced knowledge, entry into specific occupations, higher starting salary/progression rates, research capability/achievement and evidence of high academic attainment/self-discipline. 

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More information

For full requirements see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

For study planning help contact the Department of Psychology or the College of Science:

College of Science | Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

Phone +64 3 369 4141
Email collegeofscience@canterbury.ac.nz

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