An undergraduate qualification in psychology is necessary to enter the psychology postgraduate programme. The Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology qualification is the entry point for postgraduate study in psychology.
Following successful completion of the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology, students may apply for the Master of Health Science in Psychology and study papers in the following areas:
Below is a summary of each qualification. For a comprehensive overview of these qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar. Detailed paper information and contact details is available here.
Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology:
Students complete the following papers:
The Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) can be taken part-time but is not offered as a distance education option.
Entry requirements for the Master of Health Science in Psychology :
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology papers (120 points)
And complete the following papers:
PSYC809 Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis (15 points)
PSYC810 Psychological Intervention (30 points)
PSYC811 Supervised Practicum (15 points)*
PSYC997 Practice Research Project (60 points)
*Supervised Practicum is offered as a 7 week block course (5 days per week).
And complete 15 points from one of the following options:
HEAL801 Disability and Health (15 points)
PSYC801 Advanced Positive Psychology (15 points) - Not running in 2017
RHAB805 Concepts of Rehabilitation (15 points)
RHAB815 Measuring Health and Wellbeing (15 points)
SPEX804 Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 points)
The AUT postgraduate programme in Counselling Psychology provides a pathway towards application for registration as a Counselling Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board*.
Counselling Psychology is a sub-specialty within psychology that focuses on health and wellbeing, and collaboration between psychologist and client to achieve desired mental health outcomes. Counselling psychologists acknowledge the importance of medical, psychosocial and cultural perspectives in understanding and explaining both the formation of mental illness and problem behaviour, and in understanding, explaining and implementing the treatment and caring regimes to sensitively address illness and problem issues.
For counselling psychologists research and practice are not distinct activities. Counselling psychology is committed to building on the concept of scientist-practitioner by producing:
• Practitioners informed by research findings
• A science informed by practice issues
Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology, followed by the Master of Health Science in Psychology, may enrol in the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, subject to registration with the NZ Psychologists’ Board as an intern psychologist, and the securement of a suitable internship position (AUT has a number of internship providers, but agencies tend to interview for these positions).
Note that in some cases, a further interview for selection into the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology may be required.
Direct entry into the PgDip in Counselling Psychology is not possible as the MHSc/PgDip is offered as an integrated package.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology internship is an integral part of the programme and is a full year of practice (4 days a week working in a practice setting – the equivalent of 1,500 hours as required by the Psychologists’ Board) and 1 day a week on campus at AUT North Campus.
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology papers (120 points
Master of Health Science in Psychology (120 points)
And the following papers alongside the 1,500 practice hours:
PSYC812 Theories of Counselling Psychology (15 points)
PSYC813 Professional Frameworks, Issues and Applications (15 points)
PSYC814 Counselling Psychology Internship A (45 points)
PSYC815 Counselling Psychology Internship B (45 points)
Other options are available for students interested in conducting research within psychology with a view to ultimately completing a PhD (or Master of Philosophy). A postgraduate qualification in psychology equips individuals with excellent research skills that can be used to examine topics within psychology and beyond. This is best suited for students who want a professional research or academic career.
These coursework programmes provide students with the opportunity to undertake postgraduate study in the field of mental health and addictions.
The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises of papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved. The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research. Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.
* This is the only postgraduate psychology pathway that leads to registration with the New Zealand Psychologists Board and allows you to practice as a psychologist.
Last updated: 29-Oct-2015 11.50am
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.