UniversityUniversity of Otago
This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected July 2022
University of Otago
The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) requires two semesters of full-time study. It entails a structured programme of postgraduate coursework and, in some instances, a piece of supervised research that counts for one or two of the required papers. The normal admission requirement is a completed Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in the major of the proposed programme.
Graduates are employed in administration, business, education, government, industry and journalism where their advanced knowledge of an academic area, ability to solve problems, research and writing skills are valued. It is also a recognised qualification for admission as a candidate for the Master of Arts (MA) and, if a dissertation is included, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Why study Psychology?
The Department of Psychology at Otago has a highly-regarded teaching programme and is internationally renowned for the strength of its research.
The research conducted in the Department of Psychology addresses problems in areas as diverse as sleep disorders, industrial relations, phobias, drug rehabilitation, aircraft safety, hyperactivity in children, how nonhuman animals think, as well as how the brain works.
Learn about human behaviour
Start a challenging career
Develop research skills in the social and behavioural sciences
Improve career flexibility with Psychology in your degree
Psychology is a very popular course. In it, you will learn:
how the brain stores memories and processes information
why drugs, head injuries and hormones influence behaviour
how parents’ behaviour influences their children’s development
how our abilities change from childhood to old age
how emotions affect our reasoning
how prejudice and stereotypes arise
what underlies disorders such as schizophrenia and dementia
In addition to specialising in Psychology, a degree in Psychology is useful for a wide range of other disciplines as well. Students take Psychology as part of degrees in Law, Marketing, Neuroscience, English, Physical Education, Management, Applied Science, Philosophy, Education, or Health Sciences.
There are many careers in Psychology in New Zealand and overseas, including positions as scientists in universities, government agencies, organisations, and industry. Otago graduates are studying pilot error in aviation, learning deficits in children, the causes of rugby injuries, the biological basis of memory, and the effectiveness of alcohol and drug rehabilitation.