School of Psychology

Master of Science in Cross-Cultural Psychology (MSc (CPSY))

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The Master of Science (MSc) in Cross-Cultural Psychology provides a theoretical and applied grounding in a range of culture-relevant topics. The degree is suitable for those who wish to conduct research or engage in work with culturally diverse groups either in New Zealand or internationally. Our graduates have gone on to work with government departments (research and policy analyses), NGOs and voluntary organizations, universities (international student divisions) and international development agencies. Some have also continued on to doctoral research in New Zealand and overseas.

The programme is the only such programme in Australasia. Our students benefit from:

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Programme Structure

The MSc in CPSY is organised in two parts. In Part 1 students complete taught courses on topics relating to cross-cultural psychology. The compulsory courses include a research preparation course. Students must complete the compulsory courses and choose appropriate core courses to complete the requirements of the programme.

In Part 2, students complete a focused research thesis in their chosen area. Each part is worth 120 points.

Part 1

For Part 1 you will need to complete:

CPSY 580, Research Preparation (30 points)

PSYC 433, Current Issues in Cross-cultural Psychology (15 points)

PSYC 434, Conducting Research Across Cultures (15 points)

30 points from:

  • PSYC 431, Culture and Human Development (15 points)
  • PSYC 432, Applied Cross-cultural Psychology (15 points)
  • PSYC 448, Special Topic: Personality and Culture (15 points)

 Choose any optional courses to the value of 30 points. These course can:

  • be from within psychology or outside of psychology
  • include those from the University of Hawai'i
  • replace up to 60 points, but must be approved by the Honours Programme Coordinator in association with the CPSY Programme Director.

Note: for courses outside of Psychology contact the relevant school to ensure you have the appropriate requirements for entry.

Part 2

Students who have completed Part 1 are eligible to apply for entry into Part 2 of the programme. This will take approximately one year full-time.

Students must apply for entry into Part 2 by completing the Masters by Thesis application process.

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Student Exchange Programme

The MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology allows students to participate in an exchange programme with the University of Hawai'i at Manoa as part of our agreement with their Culture and Community Psychology programme.

Students interested in the exchange will need to discuss this option with Professor 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 programme.

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

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Entry Requirements

Students wishing to apply for entry into Part 1 should have completed an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related discipline. They will also need to:

  • have at least a B+ grade average across the four best 300-level Psychology courses
  • have completed a Research Methods and Statistics course at an advanced level such as PSYC 325
  • meet Victoria University's English language requirements if they are international students


All domestic students should apply and complete the enrolment process online.

International students must contact Victoria International to begin admission and enrolment into the University.

Admission into the programme is based on the documentation available at the time selection. Please note you are applying for entry into Part 1 only. Applications for the MSc in Cross-cultural Psychology close on 10 December. Places are strictly limited.

Students must apply for entry into Part 2 by completing the Master’s application process. There are three application dates per year:

  • 1 March (to enrol by 1 May)
  • 1 July (to enrol by 1 September)
  • 1 November (to enrol by 1 February)

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