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The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Community)


The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology is available to graduates who have majored in Psychology. It is normally taken concurrently with the degree of BSocSc(Hons) and either the MSocSc, MPhil or PhD. The diploma normally requires three years of study and provides a suitable training for graduates who intend to work in either clinical or community psychology.
Candidates for the diploma will be required to complete the requirements of the BSocSc(Hons) degree, and either the MSocSc, MPhil or PhD together with four postgraduate diploma papers (80 points) and, normally, one year’s internship in a suitable setting (60 points). A candidate who fails a paper for the diploma may be permitted to repeat that paper at the discretion of the Chairperson of Department.

Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) (PGDipPsych(Clin)) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Community) (PGDipPsych(Com))
1.   The admission of every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology shall require the approval of the Chairperson of the Psychology Department.
2.   Every candidate shall
  (a)   normally be enrolled concurrently at the University of Waikato for the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours and, subsequently, either the degree of Master of Social Sciences, Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy with a research topic approved by the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology, and shall complete the requirements for both the BSocSc(Hons) and one of the subsequent degrees before being eligible for the award of the diploma, or
  (b)   have been granted the right to proceed to the diploma under the admission ad eundem statum regulations.
3.   Every candidate shall be enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and shall pass such examinations as may be prescribed by the Academic Board for the diploma.
4.   The programme of study of each candidate, including where appropriate the concurrent programme of study for the Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours degree, shall require the approval of the Academic Board.
5.   Every candidate for the diploma shall
  (a)   complete 80 points as set out in the prescriptions for the appropriate option and shall pass the appropriate examinations, and
  (b)   undertake such practical and placement work as may be specified by the Academic Board, and
  (c)   undertake an internship of one year’s duration (60 points) in a setting approved by the Academic Board or present evidence, satisfactory to the Academic Board, of equivalent training.
6.   The University will endeavour to arrange placements which will allow a candidate to undertake the practical and placement work referred to in sections 5(b) and (c) of these regulations, but cannot guarantee to make such arrangements in a given year. If an approved internship position cannot be arranged, placement of a student may be deferred, normally for a maximum of 12 months. As placements become available, priority will be given to students for whom they have been deferred.
7.   Every candidate must, before presenting himself or herself for the final examination for the diploma, possess a certificate from the Chairperson of the Psychology Department that he or she has satisfactorily completed the requirements of sections 5(b) and (c) of these regulations.
  The procedures and criteria for assessing the personal and professional competencies central to the satisfactory completion of the requirements referred to in sections 5(b) and (c) of these regulations shall be as prescribed from time to time in the departmental graduate handbook and the appropriate course outlines.
8.   Every candidate for the diploma shall present himself or herself for such final oral, practical or other examination as may be required by the Academic Board.
9.   The prescriptions for the papers for the diploma shall be defined in the Calendar of the University of Waikato.

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