Postgraduate study in Psychology

The School of Psychology offers a range of postgraduate qualifications, including diplomas, certificates, Honours, Master’s and PhD programmes.


Clinical Psychology

Become a qualified clinical psychologist through practical study and research in psychology.

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Get advanced training in the scientific study of behaviour and cognition, and their relationship to the brain—and prepare for a successful career in neuroscience research.

Cross-cultural Psychology

Enhance your degree and get the skills and knowledge to design, conduct and evaluate cross-cultural research through advanced study of cross-cultural psychology.

Forensic Psychology

Expand on your degree and take your skills and knowledge to the next level with advanced study in forensic psychology.


Refine and build on the knowledge and skills you gained in your Bachelor's degree and improve your career prospects with advanced study in Psychology.


The School offers the following postgraduate programmes in Psychology:

Psychology spans both science and humanities, as such students can begin their studies with a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, before progressing onto advanced study. Some of our postgraduate students come from other disciplines and take a Graduate Diploma in Science, which allows them to gain a firm foundation of undergraduate psychology knowledge. The Graduate Diploma can be completed within one year and will allow entry into advanced study such as Honours or the Clinical Programme.

Most students begin postgraduate study with an Honours degree. The Honours degree is the equivalent to year one of a two year Master's programme, commonly referred to as Master's Part 1. It is an intensive year of course work and research under academic supervision.

Entry into year two of the Master's programme, commonly referred to as Master's Part 2 by thesis, must be applied for (even if students have been accepted into one of the specialised Master's programmes). The thesis is a full year supervised research project in an area of interest, and is subject to assessment. This is worth 120 points.

In addition to the general Master of Science in Psychology, the School offers three specialised Masters programmes in:

Part 1 application deadlines for entry March 2020 (domestic students) is 8th November 2019. Interviews for Forensic Psychology will be late November 2020. If you are applying as an international student please check deadlines with Wellington University International.

In addition, the Postgraduate Diploma of Clinical Psychology (PGDipClinPsyc) is a three year clinical training programme.

A PhD is the highest degree offered by the School of Psychology. It is a research degree culminating in a thesis and usually takes three to four years of full time study to complete.