For Postgraduate Students - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Degrees and Diplomas

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements listed below (or comparable qualifications from other universities) apply to all postgraduate degree and postgraduate diploma courses in the Department. Students can study for an MSc., MA. or a PhD. in Psychology (Psyc) or for an MSc. in Industrial and Organisational Psychology (Apsy). A Postgraduate Diploma in Science or Arts, and postgraduate diplomas in Clinical and in Industrial and Organisational Psychology are also offered (see later section).

Those who hold a university degree but without a major in Psychology, may proceed to postgraduate study upon completion of a Graduate Diploma in Science or by completing the necessary prerequisite courses which meet the entry requirements described below.

Entry requirements for all postgraduate study in Psychology and Applied Psychology are:

165 points from PSYC courses with at least 135 points at 200-level and above, including:

PSYC344 is required for postgraduate study in Psychology and Applied Psychology.

An average of at least a B grade over three Psyc 300 courses for MSc Part I, MA Part I, BA(Hons). An average of at least a B+ grade is required for a BSc(Hons).

Equivalent courses from other universities are accepted.

Note: There are additional requirements for the Clinical Psychology and Industrial and Organisational Psychology Programmes.



To begin the enrolment process refer to the following University of Canterbury web site: Enrol at UC. Please be aware that all enrolments for Honours, Masters, including thesis only, PhD degrees and Postgraduate Diplomas in Clinical and Industrial and Organisational Psychology, must be approved each year by Coordinators prior to confirmation of enrolment.

Students seeking information on Clinical Psychology training should see the Director of the Clinical Programme, Dr Julia Rucklidge.

Students can enrol in Postgraduate studies at any time up to the commencement of the academic year in February. Contact list for postgraduate study.

  • ALL new postgraduate students EXCEPT PhD, Masters Thesis Students, MSc Applied Psychology, Diploma in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, should discuss the options available with the 4th Year Postgrad Coordinator (Honours and 1st Year Masters), Professor Simon Kemp; please email to make an appointment.
  • Students enrolled for PhD and Masters theses should see, the Posgratduate Thesis/Doctor [Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer]
  • MSc in Applied Psychology and Diploma in Industrial and Organisational Psychology students should see the Director of the APSY programme (Associate Professor Chris Burt)
  • Students who have been accepted into the clinical programme and seek further information should email the Director of the Clinical Programme.

Department Contacts for postgraduate study advice

Postgrad Thesis Coordinator (2nd year Masters and PhD)

Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer
Phone: 364 2199 (direct)
Internal Phone: 6199

Postgrad Papers (Honours and 1st Year Masters) Coordinator

Professor Simon Kemp
Email for an appointment -
Room: 208a
Phone: +64 3 364 2968 (direct)
Internal Phone: 6968

APSY Director

Associate Professor Chris Burt
Phone 364 2231 (direct)
Internal Phone: 6231

Director of Clinical Programme

Dr Julia Rucklidge
Phone: 364 2987, ext. 7195
Internal Phone: 7195

Further information on Degrees and Diplomas can be obtained from the Department Handbook.

Doctoral Study in Psychology and General Experimental Programme

Doctoral study at Canterbury can be undertaken ...

For more information, please contact the Coordinator of the Experimental PhD programme - Associate Professor Roeline Kuijer

Clinical Psychology Training

MSc in Applied Psychology

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