School of Medicine


Health Psychology postgraduate programmes

The Department of Psychological Medicine offers postgraduate programmes at Masters (MHealthPsyc) and doctoral (PhD) levels.

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The Master of Health Psychology is a two-year postgraduate programme taught in the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. The degree replaces the prior programme in which two, one-year degrees (a PGDipSci in Health Psychology and an MSc) were taught sequentially. Classes are taught by a team of academic health psychologists working in the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences FMHS.

The first year of study involves taking 4 compulsory and 4 optional postgraduate courses in health psychology. The second year is a Masters thesis year in which a substantial piece of original research is conducted under supervision. Providing passing grades are secured in the first year, all students will be paired with faculty members for the Masters thesis year.

The Master of Health Psychology provides a strong background in the theoretical, methodological and practical applications of health psychology. The courses aim to produce graduates with a sound knowledge base and high quality research skills who are able to design and carry out effective health psychology research and interventions in healthcare settings. They will be able to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention programmes and be sophisticated in the use of methodological approaches in the health area.

If you would like more information about Postgraduate studies in Health Psychology then please get in touch with us.

Master of Health Psychology


Entry to the Master of Health Psychology is limited and applications for entry close 1 December each year. The minimum requirement for entry is a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology. Interviews will be held in early December.

Students interested in enrolling in the Masters in Health Psychology progamme need to:

  1. Apply to the University of Auckland via Student Services Online.
  2. Arrange for two letters of recommendation from academic staff members, employers, or associates who are able to evaluate your academic aptitude and research skills to be sent directly to Reena Dcosta via email (r.dcosta@auckland.ac.nz) or post  (Department of Psychological Medicine, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre 1142, Auckland) by 30 November.
  3. Current CV - This needs to be sent directly to Reena Dcosta via email (r.dcosta@auckland.ac.nz) or post (Department of Psychological Medicine, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre 1142, Auckland) by 30 November.
  4. Personal Statement: Please submit a 500 word statement describing your motivation for pursuing a Master of Health Psychology. Discuss your interests in the area and describe any previous experiences that have contributed to your understanding of these issues or to your research training. This needs to be sent directly to Reena Dcosta via email (r.dcosta@auckland.ac.nz) or post  (Department of Psychological Medicine, Private Bag 92019, Auckland Mail Centre 1142, Auckland) by 30 November.

For further information on the Masters programme, please consult:


’For application related query contact

Reena D'costa, Administrator, Master of Health Psychology

Email: r.dcosta@auckland.ac.nz

Phone: +64 9 923 7284’’

 

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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology


To be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology programme, students must have completed either an MSc in Health Psychology or a Master of Health Psychology degree as well as a Health Psychology Clinical Endorsement which requires relevant clinical experience in approved health care settings. This latter requirement is usually undertaken during the masters programme.

Acceptance into the Masters in Health Psychology does not guarantee acceptance into the PGDipHealthPsych programme. Application to the PGDipHealthPsych is a separate process, entry is limited, and applications for entry close 1 November in each year.

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Psychology

This diploma gives specific training in clinical health psychology and provides a route to Registered Psychologist status for students completing an MSc or Master of Health Psychology.

 

Please click here to apply.

For further information on the PGDip in Health Psychology programme, please consult:


PhD in Health Psychology


For students with a relevant masters degree there are opportunities for research-based study towards a PhD degree in all areas of Health Psychology. Interested students should contact staff members with appropriate research interests. In the first instance, international students should contact the University of Auckland’s International Student’s Office.

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