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Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice

Welcome to the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice (PGDipPsychPrac) Information pages.  These pages are designed to provide sufficient information for you to decide if this programme is appropriate for you and your career goals.  Much more detailed regulations will be explained to those who are selected for the programme; however, the general requirements are provided here.  The formal Massey University description of the programme provides basic information about the structure and courses required for this diploma.

In addition to the general information about the programme, this web-site has pages for psychologists considering supervising a PGDipPsychPrac intern and for employers, with a little more information provided for employers who may not already be familiar with psychology internships. 


The PGDipPsychPrac is an internship programme which trains appropriately qualified postgraduate psychology students  to be eligible for registration to practice under the Psychologist Scope of Practice as defined by the New Zealand Psychologists Board. 

The word “practice” in the title of this degree is not limited to direct one-to-one services to designated clients, such as in psychotherapy or counselling.  Practice means applying or translating the knowledge-base of our discipline to provide a service to the public that is psychological in nature.  Common areas of practice that are within the Psychologist Scope include health psychology, kaupapa Māori psychology, community development, and rehabilitation psychology.  In partnership with approved field service settings, the aim is to provide this training opportunity in a way that is academically rigorous and reflects the highest standards of ethical, safe, and culturally competent practice. 

Among the internship programmes available in Aotearoa New Zealand, the PGDipPsychPrac is distinctive in that it is not bounded by either locality or, within the Psychologist Scope, type of psychological practice.  Rather, the PGDipPsychPrac seeks to broaden the opportunities for the practice of psychology in New Zealand society by offering a programme using Massey University’s established expertise in distance education, with an integrated, outcomes-based curriculum.

More information is provided and tailored to the reader.