Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology)

University of Waikato

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How long you will study
2 years

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NZD 31495 per year

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About Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) at University of Waikato

Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology) Overview

This specialist programme enables students to develop:

A sound understanding of the underlying concepts, principles and guiding values associated with Community Psychology

Practical skills in applying psychological techniques to a range of social issues in a fair and culturally sensitive manner that takes into account the increasing diversity in New Zealand society

A knowledge of the main methods of inquiry gained through empirical research and inquiry, along with practical research experience

The ability to analyse complex situations and plan appropriate actions

The MAppPsy (Com)also provides a pathway into the Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology (Community Psychology) - a one year work-based programme by the New Zealand Psychologists Board, which enables graduates to become registered as psychologists in New Zealand.

Career Opportunities

Community psychologists work in health services, community service organisations, government departments and in private practice. An increasingly common option is for graduates to become involved in contract work with human service organisations as researchers, trainers and consultants.

Employment taken up by recent graduates has included positions as:

  • National Coordinator for Policy Youth Development, Police National Headquarters
  • Kaiwhakahaere (Iwi Liaison Policy Analyst), Waikato Regional Council
  • Researcher, Research and Development Unit, Te R?nanga o Kirikiriroa
  • Kaitohutohu (Careers Advisor) Career Services, Rapuara
  • Social Development Manager, Ministry of Social Development
  • Policy Analyst, National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges.

Graduate Profiles

Graduates of the MAppPsy (Com) will have advanced knowledge of the underlying concepts, principles and guiding values associated with the sub-discipline of Community Psychology, and the multiple conceptions of health, determinants of health, health promotion and disease prevention, together with the stress-coping paradigm including personal and environmental resources for coping, interventions to enhance coping, social support networks and mutual assistance.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are also accepted if they hold a qualification equivalent to a New Zealand masters degree with at least Second Class Honours (First Division) or Distinction. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL paper-based score of 577 overall including a TWE of 5.0 (100 overall and TWE of 5.5 for Graduate Law); TOEFL computer-based score of 233 including a TWE of 5.0 (5.5 for Graduate Law); PTE Academic overall score of 65 and no less than 58 for each communicative skill; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes with overall score of C with C in the writing band; Certificate in Academic English (CAEL level 8) with B grade; and to those who have studied fulltime at university level in English for two years or more may apply to have the English language requirements waived. They need to provide evidence of this at the time of application. English language waivers are considered by the relevant Faculty on a case by case basis.

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