Psychology Postgraduate Study
This page has the postgraduate psychology papers and qualifications (courses) that you can study at AUT University. See links to paper descriptions and outlines of each qualification.
Who can study psychology at postgraduate level?
The AUT postgraduate programmes in psychology provide 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 well-being, 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
The following three years of study will enable graduates to apply for registration as a counselling psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board:
- Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology
- Master of Health Science in Psychology
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) in Psychology:
- Completed the Bachelor of Health Science with a B+ grade average or higher in level 7 papers in the selected subject area for this degree.
- An interview may be required.
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology (AK3662) 120 pointsCompulsory papers:
589601 Psychological Theory and Practice (45 points)
589602 Therapeutic Theories and Skills (15 points)
589668 Dissertation (45 points)
Entry requirements for the Master of Health Science in Psychology:
- Completed the Bachelor of Health Science (Hons) in Psychology with a B grade average or higher (120 points).
- Applicant must have personal qualities that show suitability for this programme, including supplying references and satisfying a police check.
- An interview and participation in a group process will be required.
Papers in the Masters of Health Science in Psychology and the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology are integrated, allowing you to complete these two qualifications in 2 years full time or 3 years part time.
AUT's Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology is equivalent to the first year of the Master of Health Science in Psychology programme.
Master of Health Science in Psychology (AK3485) 240 points
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology papers (120 points)
And complete the following papers:
589603 Psychological Assessment and Diagnosis (15 points)
589604 Psychological Intervention (30 points)
589605 Supervised Practicum (15 points)
589616 Practice Research Project (60 points)
Applicant must have personal qualities that show suitability for this programme, including supplying references and satisfying a police check. An interview may be required at this stage.
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (AK1232) 120 points
Papers in the Master of Health Science in Psychology and the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology are offered in integrated form, allowing students to complete these two degrees in two years of full time study or three years of part time study.
You complete the following papers:
589606 Theories of Counselling Psychology (15 points)
589607 Professional Frameworks, Issues and Applications (15 points)
589608 Counselling Psychology Internship A (45 points)
589609 Counselling Psychology Internship B (45 points)
Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science in Mental Health and Addictions
These coursework programmes provide students with the opportunity to undertake postgraduate study in the field of mental health and addictions.
Doctor of Health Science
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.
Doctor of Philosophy
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: 11-May-2015 12.23pm
The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.