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Clinical Psychology

Subject description


Clinical Psychology is a broad field of clinical practice and research within the discipline of psychology. Clinical psychologists are involved in professional practice, research, teaching and supervision, programme development and evaluation, consultation, public policy and other activities that promote psychological health in individuals, families, groups, organisations and communities. The application of Clinical Psychology is aimed at preventing, treating, and reducing emotional and psychological problems, personality issues, psychopathology and skill deficits underlying distress or psychological problems.

The DClinPsy was first offered in 2000. It has replaced the PGDipClinPsy/Masters qualification, and is now the standard degree for qualifying as a clinical psychologist at this University. However, in exceptional cases students may be permitted to complete a PhD followed by a PGDipClinPsych. Enquiries regarding this pathway should be made with the Director of the Clinical Psychology Programme.

Students wishing to undertake clinical training should apply to the one-year BA/BSc Honours programme in Psychology (in the area of Clinical Psychology). Students who already have a postgraduate Psychology degree would, if selected, undertake only those courses that they have not already passed that are pre-requisites for the DClinPsy degree.


Structure and prerequisites

The Clinical Psychology programme consists of four years:

  • Year 1: Honours
  • Year 2: Doctor of Clinical Psychology year 1
  • Year 3: Doctor of Clinical Psychology year 2
  • Year 4: Doctor of Clinical Psychology year 3


Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) / Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA(Hons)) - Clinical Psychology

The prerequisite is a BSc or BA with a major in Psychology, including PSYCH 306 (Research Methods) or its equivalent; a minimum B average in the best 4 Stage III Psychology courses.


  • 120 points including
    • PSYCH 708: A & B Clinical Neuropsychology (30 points)
    • PSYCH 718: Psychotherapeutic Assessment and Formulation (15 points)
    • PSYCH 723: Mental Health problems: Aetiology and assessment (15 Points)
    • PSYCH 788: Honours dissertation (45 points)
    • And one other 15 point postgraduate course
  • Recommended courses
    • PSYCH 707: Forensic Psychology
    • PSYCH 712: Psychology of Psychosis
    • PSYCH 748: Health Psychology Interventions
    • Or another 700 level Psychology course of relevance to your area of study or interests

Students who maintain a B+ average while completing the Honours year (including any courses previously passed and considered equivalent to courses in the Honours year and therefore not being taken as part of the current Honours year), and who continue to demonstrate the ability and personal qualities necessary to pursue a doctoral level research-oriented clinical programme in the field of psychology, will normally proceed to the DClinPsy in the following year.


Career opportunities

A career in Clinical Psychology allows one to work in human service fields, including the District Health Boards, the Department of Correction Psychological Services, private practice and other social welfare and counselling agencies.


Help and advice

For further information, please refer to the Psychology Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Clinical Programme Administration
Sheryl Robertson
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 86852
Fax: +64 9 373 7902
Email: s.robertson@auckland.ac.nz

Clinical Programme Director
Professor Fred Seymour
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88414
Fax: +64 9 373 7902
Email: f.seymour@auckland.ac.nz


Further information