School of Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc)

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc) programme is a professional course of study that enables successful students to register and practice as Clinical Psychologists in New Zealand and internationally.

The programme utilises scientific methods within clinical practice and balances the need for compassion and respect for others with excellence in practice.

The PGDipClinPsyc is a three year full time clinical training programme. Places in the programme are limited and students must apply for the programme and be successful in a selection process before being granted entry.

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Options for Entering the Programme

Option A

Students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree or equivalent (eg: GDipSc or GDipArts etc) in psychology with an A- grade average in their best four 300 level psychology courses, can apply for entry into the clinical programme. Students applying from outside of Victoria will need to have completed most of the prerequisites or equivalent courses to be considered.

Students should have completed the following, or equivalent courses:

  • PSYC221 Social Psychology
  • PSYC 231 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 233 Brain and Behaviour
  • PSYC 235/321 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 327 Neuropsychology
  • PSYC 332 Behaviour Analysis
  • PSYC 325 Advanced Research Methods (compulsory requirement)

One of the following optional courses:

  • PSYC234/324 Child Development
  • PSYC338 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Option B

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology, and have gone to study at a Honours, Masters or PhD level can apply to the programme. Applicants must have obtained at least a B+  in their graduate or postgraduate study, from 2013 the requirement will be an A-.

Degree Structure

Year 1

  • PSYC 412 Criminal Conduct 1
  • PSYC 442 Criminal Conduct 2
  • PSYC 451 Clinical Assessments of Adults
  • PSYC 452 Child and Family Clinical Assessment
  • PSYC 489 Research Project

After Year 1, students may take two years out (defer) from the programme  to complete a PhD.

Year 2

  • PSYC 561 Practicum
  • Masters or PhD thesis

Year 3

  • PSYC 562 Advanced Practicum and two of the following:
  • PSYC 571 Advanced Neuropsychology Theory and Practice
  • PSYC 572 Adult and Child Clinical Psychology: Advanced Intervention Skills
  • PSYC 573 Clinical Criminal Justice Psychology (Not Offered)

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It is expected that applicants will have completed a basic Maori language / society course and attended a Treaty Workshop prior to their application.

Applications must be submitted by the 8 October for entry into the programme in the following academic year. The Clinical Psychology application form can be found on the Forms Page.

To apply, three copies of the following documents must be submitted to the Clinical Administrator:

  • completed PGDipClinPsyc application form 
  • academic transcript
  • current curriculum vitae

Applications will be reviewed and undergo a short-listing process. Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend a panel interview at the School. Following the interview, the panel will invite successful applicants to join the Programme.

Students submitting applications are advised to proceed with enrolment in other study options such as Honours, to ensure enrolment deadlines are not missed. Successful applicants accepted into the programme will have their enrolment changed to reflect the first year of the Clinical Programme.

Students will be notified of the outcome of their application to the clinical programme. Please note that you may reapply for entry at a later stage.

International Applications

It is the applicant’s responsibility to apply for admission and credit if they have gained academic qualifications from a university outside New Zealand or other tertiary institution in New Zealand or overseas.

Please note that all international applications must be submitted at least 1 month in advance of the 8 October deadline to allow for international enrolment processes to be completed. You should include confirmation with your clinical application that admission to the university has been approved.

International students who have queries about clinical programme fees should contact the Faculty of Science enrolment office.

Those who have already commenced or completed a clinical psychology master’s or doctoral programme (or similar) overseas should consult with the New Zealand Psychologists Board in the first instance to find out what they would need to do to gain registration in New Zealand. You can then apply to the VUW clinical programme and maybe given some cross credits.

Additional information

  • Please note that final acceptance into the Provisional Year (honours year) is conditional upon the outcome of a Police check.
  • Those who accept a place on the clinical programme undertake to ensure they have a minimum of a restricted driver’s license prior to commencing their First Professional Year.

Some agencies where students undertake placements (e.g., District Health Boards) may require students to undergo a health screening test and/or have some immunisations (e.g., for TB) prior to commencing the placement.

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For further information regarding the Clinical Programme please contact:

Clinical Staff
Victoria Psychology Clinic staff

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