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Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology

05 October 2023

UC's Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology has a specialised application process. To be eligible, you must have completed the foundation courses in the PGDipSci or MSc. Make sure you read the programme, application, and selection information before you apply.



The limited entry Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology is designed for students who wish to become registered child and family psychologists with Te Poari Kaimātai Hinengaro o Aotearoa | New Zealand Psychologists Board.

It involves a programme of academic study and professional development, which consists of practicums and internships. The Child and Family Psychology programme is based within the renowned Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences at UC, and students can get applied experience in the Pukemanu Centre which offers free counselling for families in the Ōtautahi Christchurch region.

Entry requirements

Those wanting to enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology must have either:

You also need to have previously completed either a Postgraduate Diploma in Science or Part I of the Master of Science in Child and Family Psychology (or equivalent).

You must also either be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a 120-point thesis in Child and Family Psychology as part of a Master of Arts or a Master of Science, or a PhD in equivalent study approved by Amo Matua, Te Kaupeka Oranga | Executive Dean of Health.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.


Vaccines required

The government has announced new vaccination requirements for the health and education sectors. This qualification requires students to undertake placements in the community, including in schools/kura, early childhood centres, or health/medical facilities.

For this qualification, you will be required to be vaccinated in line with the NZ Government regulations, and supply evidence of your vaccination status.


How do I plan my diploma?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology is made up of 270 points, and involves a programme of academic study, clinical placements, and a final Internship Year.

You will normally complete the Diploma within 3 years full-time, with 1 year made up of practical work. You are also able to complete the PGDipChFamPsyc part-time within 5 years.

The Diploma will be awarded after you have also completed your subsequent study in either a Master of ArtsMaster of Science, or PhD.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology below


Subjects and courses

The Diploma is made up of the following courses:

Year 1

Year 2

If studying full-time, your final Internship Year is made up of the following:

If studying part-time, your Internship year is split across the remaining years with the following:


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.


Useful information

Tuition fees for domestic students

2024270Fee estimate$21,422
2024120Fee estimate$9,521
2023270Fee estimate$20,848
2023120Fee estimate$9,266

Tuition fees for international students


Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology Regulations

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