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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


2 years

Next start date

Expected Mar 2025


Grafton Campus


Develop your skills to become a health psychologist, working directly with patient populations and the public.

Programme overview

You will gain sound knowledge of the social and psychological aspects of health problems and the application of suitable psychological interventions in health settings.

A related goal is to provide a route to registered psychologist status for students holding a Masters of Health Psychology.

Programme structure

150 point programme.

Enter with a postgraduate degree (Master of Health Psychology or its equivalent).

If you are accepted into this programme you must successfully complete the pre-internship course (HLTHPSYC 746A/B, 30 points), usually alongside your Master of Health Psychology thesis. HLTHPSYC 746A/B requires you to undertake 300+ hours of clinical placements in approved health care settings and additional workshops and training over a twelve-month period.

In the second year of the programme you will undertake a core course in professional practice in Health Psychology (30 points) and a Practicum of supervised applied work of 1500 hours in a health setting (90 points).

The minimum duration for this programme is two years.

You'll also need to meet other requirements, including time limits and total points limits. See Postgraduate enrolment.

Where could this programme take you?

This diploma gives specific training in clinical health psychology and provides a route to Registered Psychologist status for students completing a Master of Science or Master of Health Psychology. We advise that the University of Auckland is not involved in the employment of graduates and can make no guarantee of post-qualification registration or employment in New Zealand or any other country.

Jobs related to this programme

Health psychologist

Further study options

Doctor of Philosophy

Entry criteria

You must have completed a masters degree in health psychology at a recognised university (or similar institution).

You must have a clinical endorsement which requires relevant clinical experience in approved health care settings. This requirement is usually undertaken during the masters programme.

If you have not completed all of the requirements for a masters degree in health psychology (or similar), but have completed 120 points (one year full-time equivalent study) towards that degree you may, with the approval of the programme director, still enrol for this postgraduate diploma. You must complete the requirements for the masters degree within 12 months of commencing the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology. If you do not, enrolment for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology will be suspended until you have completed your masters degree.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 with 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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