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Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • 3 years of full-time study
  • Not available for international students

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Entry requirements

This is a selected entry programme. Applications close 1 October of the preceding year. No late applications will be accepted.
Students must ensure that all documentation is supplied well in advance of the closing date.

Note: If you are applying close to the deadline you will need to ensure your referees are advised, as their report must be received by the closing date.

To gain admission to the Doctor of Clinical Psychology you need to meet all of the following conditions:

  • Meet the University’s general admission requirements
  • Have been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor with Honours or Master’s in Psychology with the award of First Class or Second Class Division I Honours, or equivalent
  • Passed the following courses (or their equivalent) in your qualifying degree:
  • Have sufficient personal qualities, ethical standards, and professional potential to satisfy the Doctoral Research Committee you have the capacity to successfully undertake the programme, and to satisfy the requirements for eligibility to practice as a Registered Psychologist in accordance with the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act of 2003 (or as amended)
  • Be offered a place in the programme following a selection interview. Please note that there are more applicants than places, and candidates who meet the above conditions also need to be offered a place following a selection interview.

For more information about the admission and registration process, read the Doctoral Web Book for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology.

You will need to submit the documentation listed below:

  • A verified academic transcript (if your qualifications were not obtained from Massey University)
  • A current CV or resume detailing your relevant training and experience
  • A passport-sized photograph
  • Brief personal statement (up to 500 words) which includes your reasons for seeking a career in Clinical Psychology. You may also wish to list perceived strengths as well as skills you will bring to your studies and training as a Clinical Psychologist
  • Supporting statements from whanau/family (optional)
  • Name, occupation and email details of two referees.  Referees will be automatically contacted to supply a confidential reference in relation to this programme.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology structure

You will follow a parts-based course of study, which consists of courses and a thesis, totalling at least 360 credits:

  • Part One: Provisional Registration
  • Part Two: Full Registration

This includes:

  • The courses listed in the Schedule for the Qualification (check the regulations for more information)
  • A thesis
  • Participation in compulsory activities including:
    • presentation of a proposal at a confirmation event
    • defending a thesis in an oral examination
    • demonstrating the competencies required of a Professional Clinical Psychologist at a practical oral examination.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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