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Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology

University of Waikato

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Entry requirements

Master of Applied Psychology or equivalent.

About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

The Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act. Graduates of the Organisational Psychology stream will have developed practical skills in applying organisational psychology techniques, such as job analyses, test validation, training needs analysis and evaluation, career counselling and development, organisation development and workplace well-being. Graduates of the Applied Behaviour Analysis stream will have developed practical skills in applying behavioural principles to a range of behaviour problems in their area of specialty. Graduates of the Community Psychology stream will have developed practical skills in applying the principles and concepts of Community Psychology to a range of situations within their area of specialty. They will also be familiar with the evaluation of social service programmes, including needs assessments, formative evaluation, process evaluation and outcome evaluation, and major research methodologies relevant to applied community research, including surveys and interview studies, with a particular emphasis on qualitative research.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Behavioural Science at this level can earn:


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Data as at November 2022

Scholarship information

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Heartland Bank Freemasons Scholarships

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Waitaha-A-Hei / University of Waikato Scholarship

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University of Waikato - Scholarships Office




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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 924 528
Phone: (07) 838 4448
Fax: (07) 838 4253

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