Red X iconGreen tick iconYellow tick icon

Postgraduate Diploma in Neuropsychology (PGDipNeuropsych)

Ready to enrol?

Get Started


The Postgraduate Diploma in Neuropsychology (PGDipNeuropsych) is the first neuropsychology training programme of its type in New Zealand. It is vocational training for practising psychologists, designed to allow graduates to work as practising neuropsychologists.

The programme is offered on a part-time basis over two academic years and involves both academic and practice-based study. It has been developed with a specific focus on psychology practice in a New Zealand context, and with a strong commitment to building bicultural approaches with Māori.


Programme Administrator
Postgraduate Diploma in Neuropsychology
Department of Psychological Medicine
University of Otago, Wellington



Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Neuropsychology (PGDipNeuropsych)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    2. Applicants must demonstrate the capability to meet New Zealand Psychologists Board requirements for registration as a neuropsychologist.
    3. Applicants must be registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, under any scope of practice, and be currently working at least 0.6 FTE in an appropriate clinical setting with access to ongoing work with clients.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The Postgraduate Diploma in Neuropsychology will be offered on a part-time basis over two years.

    The programme of study after final admission shall consist of:

    • NPSY 701 Foundations of Applied Neuropsychology
    • NPSY 702 Applied Neuroscience in Neuropsychology
    • NPSY 703 Neuropsychology of Acquired Brain Injuries and Stroke
    • NPSY 706 Clinical Practice in Neuropsychology 1
    • NPSY 707 Clinical Practice in Neuropsychology 2

    And at least one of:

    • NPSY 704 Paediatric/Developmental Neuropsychology
    • NPSY 705 Neuropsychology of Aging & Degenerative Conditions

  3. Terms Requirements

    1. A candidate must obtain terms for NPSY 706 and NPSY 707 before being permitted to sit the final examinations of these papers.
    2. Terms will be awarded by the Programme Director if the candidate has completed all aspects of the clinical internship (clinical hours, logbook submission, submission of clinical reports, supervisor's assessment).
    3. Candidates who are refused terms will be eligible to sit the final examination for the paper in the following year, subject to the awarding of terms during that year.  Students who fail to meet the terms requirement within that year will be required to repeat the year as a whole before being permitted to sit the final examination.

  4. Exclusion from the Programme

    Students may be excluded from the programme, if during the course of study, they are:

    1. Subject to criminal charges;
    2. Subject to disciplinary proceedings of the University or of a professional body;
    3. Found to have an issue that compromises or is likely to compromise their meeting the New Zealand Psychologists Board requirements for registration as a neuropsychologist; or
    4. Found to have failed to declare a matter covered by (a)-(c), may be excluded from further study in the programme by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences), on the advice of the Director of the Neuropsychology Training Programme.

  5. Duration of the Programme

    1. A candidate for the Postgraduate Diploma in Neuropsychology shall normally follow a programme of study for not less than two years of part-time study.
    2. A candidate shall complete the requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Neuropsychology within not more than five years of admission to the programme.

  6. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  7. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

This information must be read subject to the statement on our Copyright & Disclaimer page.

Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

Back to top