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Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology)

Course Description


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.

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 Rūnanga o Kirikiriroa
- Kaitohutohu (Careers Advisor) Career Services, Rapuara
- Social Development Manager, Ministry of Social Development
- Policy Analyst, National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges.

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.

Entry Requirements

A major in Psychology at undergraduate level, average grade of at least B+ (i.e. 70% in the New Zealand grading system) in Psychology undergraduate papers, a pass in PSYC307 Research Methods (or an equivalent paper). In addition, students are normally required to have completed 20 points at level 300 in community or applied social psychology.Students who have already completed a four-year Bachelor degree (for example, a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours degree), majoring in Psychology, and have achieved at least a B+ (70%) average over their papers in that four-year degree, may also be accepted for enrolment.

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