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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


120 credit hours

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


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.

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.

Take a holistic approach to improving wellbeing

During your studies you’ll take a holistic approach to exploring people’s health and wellbeing, looking at behaviour from a biological, psychological, spiritual, cultural, and social perspective.

You’ll gain an understanding of diverse communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. You’ll develop the required skills—as well as an awareness of boundaries and ethics—for working effectively and safely with people and groups to improve their health and wellbeing.

You’ll also build on your research skills and knowledge so that you can understand and critique evidence and implement programmes and interventions.

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

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor of Health in Health Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, or equivalent.

To be accepted by the head of school as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

IELTS (Academic): 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)

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

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

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