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Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

Auckland , North Island of New Zealand ,New Zealand

Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Psychology

Rehabilitation psychology focuses on helping individuals adjust to life following physical illness or injury. The Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Psychology serves as a pathway towards registration as a psychologist in New Zealand.

Develop skills in working with people recovering from illness or injury, including spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury, respiratory conditions, neuromuscular conditions, burns as well as sports-related or everyday muscular or orthopedic injuries. You further your ability to communicate effectively and work within interdisciplinary healthcare teams, employers and the person’s family/wh?nau to optimize patient outcomes.

Campus Information


Our North Campus is on Auckland’s North Shore and offers facilities including student accommodation, cafes and our biggest sports centre.


  • March Deadline: May

Application Processing Time in Days: 20

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview
10 Days
Conditional/Unconditional Offer Letter
20 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

As well as being able to work as a registered psychologist, students can use the qualification to undertake careers as:

  • Rehabilitation researchers
  • Educators
  • Policy advisors
  • Advocates
  • Service managers
  • Rehabilitation support workers
  • Rehabilitation counsellors
  • Consultants working in district health boards and for the ACC, long-term care facilities, disability support organisations, correctional facilities, schools and other private rehabilitation providers

PSW Opportunity

3 years

Your qualification at level 7 or higher is acceptable if your course lasted 30 weeks or more.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed the following or equivalent:

  • Master of Health Science with a specialisation in Psychology including a 90-point thesis and have passed PSYC805 Rehabilitation Psychology and one other rehabilitation focused paper; OR
  • Relevant master’s degree in psychology (including a 90 point thesis) and have passed the papers PSYC805 Rehabilitation Psychology and one other rehabilitation focused paper; OR
  • Relevant master’s degree in psychology and papers equivalent to those listed above
  • Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Psychology, followed by the Master of Health Science in Psychology – Rehabilitation psychology may apply for enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Psychology.

Students will be selected following an interview process, subject to registration with the NZ Psychologists’ Board as an intern psychologist, and the securement of a suitable internship position (AUT has a number of internship providers, but students can also arrange their own).

Other requirements

  • May be required to meet the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCA Act) and Children's Act 2014 requirements and other relevant legislation