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Master of Health Psychology - MHlthPsyc

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree


2 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


Understand and improve health and wellbeing with the Master of Health Psychology at Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University of Wellington.

Pursue a rewarding career

Available as a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or 240-point Master's, this programme will provide you with a unique skillset. You’ll develop an advanced understanding of the interactions between the biological, psychological, social, environmental, and cultural aspects of health and wellbeing.

If you want to make a positive difference to the wellbeing of M?ori, Pasifika, and diverse communities, this is an ideal area of study to pursue.

You can look forward to a career helping people build healthy lifestyles, manage stress, and realise their potential to create social and physical wellbeing with mana and cultural integrity.

The pathway to becoming a registered psychologist

The Master of Health Psychology can be a further stepping stone in your studies towards becoming a registered psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.

Duration and workload

The Master of Health Psychology will take you two years of full-time study or four years of part-time study.

If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40 to 45 hours a week for much of the year. If you’re a part-time student, you can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10 to 12 hours of work.

Type - Coursework, weekly classes, online study, and community engagement.

Entry criteria

An average grade of at least B in one of the following: Bachelor of Health in Health Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Graduate Diploma in Health (Health Psychology specialisation), or Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadlines - Trimester 1: 1 Dec and Trimester 2: 1 May.

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