Clinical Psychology integrates academic and practical work to produce generalists who adapt to societal needs and changes in service delivery, think critically, and communicate clearly.
Our graduates evaluate the effectiveness of professional services, embrace standards of professional ethics, recognise the importance of personal values, and appreciate and respect individual and cultural differences.
- UC is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world for Psychology (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).
- Our Clinical Psychology programme is internationally recognised.
- UC is home to The Psychology Centre where clinical students receive training, and has working relationships with Te Poari Hauora o Waitaha | Canterbury District Health Board, and Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Department of Corrections, offering opportunities for research and clinical internships.
- UC has more than 25 specialist academic staff offering a diverse range of research and teaching options. With a large number of undergraduate and postgraduate students, we seek to foster close working relationships between staff and students. Students can become involved in research projects and may make significant contributions to the discipline.
- Te Kura Mahi ā-Hirikapo | School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing provides students with modern computer-based laboratories; excellent digital recording and editing equipment; an extensive library of psychological tests; and laboratories for human performance, human robot interaction, animal behaviour and neuroscience, perception and cognition, and social, developmental, and applied psychology.
The minimum requirement for entry to our Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology is an honours degree in Psychology (BA(Hons)) or BSc(Hons)) or Part I of a master's degree in Psychology (MA or MSc) from an Aotearoa New Zealand university, or approved equivalent. In addition, applicants need to have taken PSYC 335 Abnormal Psychology (or approved equivalent) and an honours-level approved Research Methods course prior to applying.
Selection is competitive, based on academic record, letters of recommendation, research interests, and experience in social service work.
UC offers a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.
See the qualification webpage for more information on course requirements.
A career as a registered 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.
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