Postgraduate Diploma in Science and Technology (Psychology)

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Build on your interest in psychology

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Psychology), you can take your undergraduate study of psychology to the next level.

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What is it like?

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) will build on your undergraduate psychology degree. You’ll 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.

Take your study of psychology further

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (Psychology) can be your pathway to a higher research degree. You can combine it with a Master of Science 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).

Internationally recognised and market-leading in New Zealand.

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.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to take the first step towards a Master of Science (Psychology)
  • Are keen to stay engaged with the current debates in psychology


The Postgraduate Diploma in 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 PGDipSci (Psychology) will be useful in many careers including:

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

Explore your psychology options

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

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