Application - Clinical Psychology - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Clinical Psychology Programme

Application and Selection

Selection for the clinical course is competitive. Typically, a maximum of 10-12 people are selected from a total of more than 50 applicants each year. The course is intellectually demanding so good academic ability is required, and as it involves work with distressed people, some experience with such people is desirable. A high level of tact and competence in interpersonal interactions is also necessary. Previous course work in Maori language is also preferred. The main criteria for selection are:

  • academic record
  • letters of recommendation
  • research interests and experience
  • experience in social service work, broadly defined

The four criteria above pertain to the shortlisting process. Applicants are shortlisted in October on the basis of the information provided, and interviews are held in November with members of clinical staff and representatives of the Department of Corrections and Canterbury District Health Board. Shortlisted applicants are notified of the outcome in early December when examination results are released.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2017 intake are now closed.

Applications should be made on the programme application form which will be available online in early 2017. Hard copies will be available from the Professional Programmes Administrator. The closing date for applications to the programme for the 2018 intake is 30 September 2017, and should be addressed to:

Professional Programmes Administrator
Department of Psychology
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch 8140, New Zealand

Please consult the Clinical Handbook in conjunction with your application.