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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Psychology

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Grafton Campus


The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is an opportunity for Bachelor of Science graduates to advance their qualifications.

Pursue advanced study in your specialist area with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science. Extend your knowledge with coursework or try a project or dissertation as part of your diploma – the option is yours. The PGDipSci offers a pathway toward masters and doctoral study.

Summer School will start in January.

Psychology is a fascinating and wide-ranging subject that varies from a scientific to more personal approach. Psychologists create theories based on data, analysing simple behaviour – from that observed in animals to the more complex verbal emotional responses of people. Psychology can be strongly theoretical or highly practical.

Research in the School of Psychology is focused in areas such as social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, child development, learning, and psychological and developmental disabilities. Laboratory or field work is an important part of psychology, and you will develop practical skills in these areas.

What can you study in Psychology?

Our research interests are wide ranging, spanning many aspects of psychology, from evolution to neuroscience and sensory science to the formation of lasting relationships and the maintenance of positive mental health.

Research interests open to exploration include:

  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Cognition and culture in New Caledonian crows
  • Cognitive and language development
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Community psychology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience
  • Educational psychology
  • Experimental analysis of behaviour
  • Language and cultural evolution
  • Maori and Pacific psychology
  • New Zealand attitudes and values
  • Sensory psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Speech science sustainability

This subject also available in faculty of arts.

Further study options

Master of Science
Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice
Master of Bioscience Enterprise
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) in your intended specialisation with a GPE of 3.0. Some specialisations may require you to have completed specific courses in your undergraduate degree.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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