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Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


University of Canterbury


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.

How do I plan my degree?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology consists of two years of coursework and at least one year of practical work experience.

Career opportunities

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

Entry criteria

You will need to have either: an honours degree in Psychology (Bachelor of Arts with Honours or Bachelor of Science with Honours); or Part I of a master’s degree from an New Zealand university in Psychology completed (Master of Arts or Master of Science); or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University and approved by the Head of Department.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Minimum overall score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Minimum overall score of 90, with a minimum score of 19 in Reading, Listening and Writing.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): Overall score of 58 and no communicative skills score below 50.

Applications close on 20 September.

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