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Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Interpersonal Psychotherapy


A Postgraduate Diploma comprising 120 points designed for health professionals working in the field of mental health.


Candidates for the PGDipHealSc (Interpersonal Psychotherapy) must

  1. be a graduate or possess an appropriate health professional qualification requiring at least three years' full-time tertiary study
  2. have experience of or be currently working in the relevant field of health care

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Structure of the PGDipHealSc (Interpersonal Psychotherapy)

[for candidates studying through the University of Otago, Christchurch, School of Medicine and Health Sciences]

120 points comprising:

1. One or both of the following  (30 points or 60 points):

2. Compulsory paper (60 points):

and / or

3. Other approved paper(s) to the value of 30 points

Note: Students hoping to advance to the Masters programme by thesis are advised to include research methods paper(s) to the value of 30 points in their Diploma programme. Examples include:

Programme requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Interpersonal Psychotherapy

  • PSME 427  Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Two other approved papers to the value of 60 points, including at least one of:
    • PSME 425 Introduction to Interpersonal Psychotherapy
    • PSME 426 Advanced Applications of Interpersonal Psychotherapy

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Interpersonal Psychotherapy is available through Distance Learning.


Departmental/Postgraduate Administrator
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345
New Zealand
Tel +64 3 372 0404