School of Psychology

Masters of Science in Cross-Cultural Psychology (MSc Cross-Cultural)

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This Masters programme is suitable for those who plan to work with culturally diverse groups in New Zealand and to undertake research and policy analysis on related issues.

The MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology is the only such programme in Australasia. Our students benefit from:

Degree Structure

The MSc Cross-Cultural is in two parts.

In Part 1, students take a combination of courses on topics relating to cross cultural psychology including the CPSY 580 research preparation course. Students must complete the compulsory courses and choose appropriate core courses to complete the requirements of the MSc.

Part 2 is the completion of a thesis.

Part 1

Compulsory courses

  • CPSY 580 Research Preparation
  • PSYC 433 Current Issues in Cross-cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 434 Conducting Research Across Cultures

Core courses - choose two of the following:

  • PSYC 423 Culture and Social Behaviour
  • PSYC 431 Culture and Human Development
  • PSYC 432 Applied Cross Cultural Psychology
  • PSYC 449 Indigenous Psychology

Optional Courses

  • Up to 60 points may be replaced by courses including those from the University of Hawai'i, with the approval of the Course Coordinator. When applying, optional courses should be ranked in order of preference for each trimester.

Part 2

Once students have completed the requirements of PART 1, they are then eligible to apply for entry into Part 2 of the Masters. This will take approximately one year full time. The Masters Part 2 thesis is worth 120 points.

Students must apply for entry into Part 2 by completing the Masters application process as overseen by the School of Psychology Postgraduate Committee. There are three application dates per year:

  • 1 November to enrol by 1 February 2012
  • 1 March to enrol by 1 May 2012
  • 1 July to enrol by 1 September 2012

Refer to the Masters application process for further information.

Student Exchange Programme

The Master of Cross-Cultural Psychology allows students to participate in an exchange programme with the University of Hawai'i for Part 1 of the MSc. 

Students interested in the exchange will need to discuss this option with Prof. Colleen Ward. Since this is a lengthy process involving staff at Victoria University and the University of Hawai'i, it is important that students begin making arrangements for the exchange as soon as they have been accepted into the MSc Cross-Cultural programme.

The University of Hawai'i offers the following courses:

  • PSY 781 Seminar in Community Psychology (Culture and Development)
  • PSY 774 Seminar in Clinical Psychology (Culture and Psychology)
  • MGT 701 Cross-cultural Management
  • MGT 702 Advanced Cross-cultural Management
  • EDCG 620 Cross-Cultural Counselling
  • COM 643 Intercultural Communication
  • COM 646 Intercultural Training and Intervention

Further information about these courses can be found on the University of Hawai'i website.

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Entry Requirements

Students applying for the MSc Cross-Cultural should have:

  • an undergraduate degree in Psychology or a related discipline at least a B+ grade average (note that from 2011 the average will be taken from the four best 300 level Psychology courses)
  • completed a research methods and statistics course at an advanced level such as PSYC 325

Students who have English as a second language must pass admission requirements for language proficiency.


Students applying for entry into Part 1 of the MSc Cross Cultural Psychology should enrol via the online enrolment system. Students applying for entry into Part 2 of the MSc should refer to the Masters application process.

International students will need to contact Victoria International to begin their admission and enrolment into the Masters programme. When submitting your application form to Victoria International be sure to consult the postgraduate prospectus and include the courses you are planning to take.

Applications for the MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology close on 10 December.


For more information about the programme, please refer to the Postgraduate Prospectus or alternatively contact:

Colleen Ward, MSc Cross-Cultural Coordinator

Wendy Ward, Administrator