Psychotherapy: postgraduate papers and qualifications you can study

Listed below are psychotherapy related qualifications you can study at AUT. The university also provides post-qualifying programmes to advance and enrich professional practice for experienced therapists.

See links for outlines of each psychotherapy qualification and paper descriptions.


  • The Master of Psychotherapy is for beginning psychotherapists or students who wish to become psychotherapists.
  • In order to enter this subject area, students need to have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Health Science Psychotherapy Studies pathway or equivalent.
Qualifications in this pathway:

Advanced Psychotherapy Practice

The Psychotherapy Practice pathway within the health science programmes is open to qualified and experienced psychotherapists only. The programmes cover the following specialisations:

  • Advanced Psychotherapy Practice
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Group Psychotherapy

Qualifications in this pathway include:

There is also a pathway in Expressive Therapies, where students complete as an un-endorsed postgraduate diploma (ie with no major). This pathway is not currently being offered.

MindBody Healthcare

The MindBody pathway within the health science programmes caters for many health professionals, including doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychotherapists, body therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and dentists.

Qualifications in this pathway include:

Violence and Trauma Studies

  • This pathway within the health science programmes caters for a wide range of ‘people professionals’, that might include community agency workers, social workers, counsellors, group workers, psychotherapists, probation officers, refugee workers, the military, the police, marae and iwi agencies, prison workers, teachers, occupational therapists, peace workers, nurses, Civil Defence, ethnic health workers, and health promoters.
  • The programme would also be suitable for those working with trauma victims and in the areas of anger management, drug and alcohol addiction, mental health, disability, prison, refugee, and children’s programmes.

Qualifications in this pathway:

Master of Philosophy

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a research-only degree, which culminates in a thesis and provides a pathway to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

The research for the MPhil culminates in a 120-point thesis. The thesis demonstrates the ability of the candidate to carry out supervised research in a sustained investigation, which contributes to the knowledge in the area of specialisation.

The thesis is conducted with a high level of skill in analysis and critical evaluation, and should provide evidence that the candidate is familiar with and has employed the most suitable research methods, and that the procedures are clearly of a master's degree level.

Doctor of Health Science

The Doctor of Health Science (DHSc) is designed for health professionals with at least five years’ professional experience who wish to broaden their professional practice competency and expertise. It comprises papers and research development, which culminates in a thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is undertaken by research only. There is no compulsory coursework involved.

The PhD is an advanced postgraduate degree that is particularly suitable for students wishing to pursue an academic or research career. A successful candidate will make a significant original contribution to the body of knowledge in relation to a contemporary issue in health and environmental research.

Students will have supervisors to guide and advise them, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

To find out more about psychotherapy postgraduate study at AUT contact:

AUT Student Hub
Free phone: 0800 AUT UNI or 0800 288 864
Phone: +64 9 921 9999

International students
For more information, please complete the international enquiry form.

For Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences postgraduate course information and general enquiries contact:
Debra Spinetto

Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Office
Physical Address:
AUT North Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand
Main Reception - AG Building

Last updated: 01-Feb-2018 9.08am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.