Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) (PGDipPsych(Clin))

1. The Personal Programmes of Study Regulations apply in these regulations.
Admission
2. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma must have
  (a)    normally completed the degree of Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours of the University of Waikato in Psychology, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, or
  (b)    been granted the right to proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma under the admission ad eundem statum regulations.
3. Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma must
  (a)    be concurrently enrolled in one of the degrees of Master of Social Sciences, Master of Philosophy, or Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, with a research topic approved by the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology, and shall complete the requirements of the concurrent degree before being eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma, or
  (b)    have completed one of the degrees of Master of Social Sciences, Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy of the University of Waikato, or a qualification considered by the Academic Board to be equivalent, with a research topic approved by the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology.
4. The admission of every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma shall require the approval of the Chairperson of the Psychology Department.
Requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma
5. The normal minimum period of enrolment for completion of the Postgraduate Diploma is three years.
6. Candidates must enrol in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and follow an approved programme of study.
7. 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.
8. Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma shall
  (a)    complete 80 points as prescribed in the Psychology entry in the University of Waikato Catalogue of Papers and shall pass the appropriate examinations, and
  (b)    undertake such practical and placement work as may be prescribed 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.
9. The University will endeavour to arrange placements which will allow a candidate to undertake the practical and placement work referred to in sections 8(b) and 8(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.
10. Every candidate must, before presenting himself or herself for the final examination for the Postgraduate Diploma, possess a certificate from the Chairperson of the Psychology Department that he or she has satisfactorily completed the requirements of sections 8(b) and 8(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 8(b) and 8(c) of these regulations shall be as prescribed from time to time in the department’s graduate handbook and the appropriate paper outlines.
11. Every candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma shall present himself or herself for such final oral, practical, or other examination as may be required by the Academic Board.
Variations
12. The Dean or delegated authority may vary or waive these regulations in individual cases.

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