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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Not available for international students

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Psychology) builds on your interest in health psychology.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science parent structure.

What is it like?

This programme is designed for students who have a Bachelor of Health Science and wish to pursue their studies at an advanced level.

You’ll build on your undergraduate psychology degree and study in more detail the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals and groups in social and cultural contexts. Studying psychology will help you make sense of the human impact on the world.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Psychology) can also be your pathway to a higher research degree. You can combine it with a master’s by thesis (120 credits) to gain the coursework and research components for entry into programmes that lead to registration as a psychologist (the Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial/ Organisational Psychology and the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice).

Massey graduates more researchers and clinical psychologists than any other university in New Zealand. We’re connected to a wide range of community and statutory organisations, and produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.


The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Science (Psychology) will give you knowledge and skills relevant to a broad selection of applied psychology areas including clinical, health, education, community, and industrial and organisational psychology. These diverse options mean you can study what you’re most passionate about and carry that passion forward into your career. The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions you’ll gain from a PGDipHlthSc (Psychology) will be useful in many careers including:

  • Counselling
  • Human resources
  • Public health
  • Youth support
  • Policy
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Scientific research

If you want to be a registered psychologist, you can explore your qualification options in our psychology pathways tool.

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