Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies

Interested in a career in psychotherapy? Already have a degree? The Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies can prepare you for further study in the Master of Psychotherapy.

The Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy Studies is designed for health professionals and volunteers, as well as individuals interested in becoming a psychotherapist and focused on a detailed understanding of human experience and behaviour. It’s the first stage of AUT’s integrated psychotherapy programme that leads to qualification as a beginning psychotherapist.

Graduates who go on to complete the Master of Psychotherapy can apply for provisional membership of the New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists and under an interim scope of practice with the Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand.

New Zealand Association of Psychotherapists website

Psychotherapists Board of Aotearoa New Zealand website

Start date: 2020

Minimum entry requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree OR
  • Relevant professional qualification or experience approved by the Dean (or representative) to be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree
  • Interview may be required

International student entry requirements

The recommended background for the graduate diploma includes:

  • Having engaged in at least six months of your own personal psychotherapy
  • Evidence of people-helping experience (eg counselling or similar)

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent.

English language requirements

Quick facts
Programme code:
AK3580
Level:
7
Points:
120
Duration:
1 year full-time / part-time available
Campus:
North Campus
Starts:

24 Feb 2020

Fees:
Domestic
$6,580 - $6,795
  • This represents the approximate tuition fee range based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2019. Exact fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year, if you are planning for beyond 2019, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
International
$32,850
  • This represents the tuition fee based on a full-time workload of 120 points in 2018. Exact tuition fees will depend on papers selected and may exceed this range. As fees are subject to change, 2019 tuition fees may vary from the figure stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay. Learn more about fees to study at AUT
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.