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Doctor of Philosophy in Health Psychology University of Auckland

New Zealand

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Summary

The PhD is a globally recognised postgraduate research degree, the highest level of degree you can achieve. PhD students are critical, curious, creative thinkers who undertake original research over at least 3 years. As well as your supervised original research, through your doctoral programme you will have opportunities to expand and develop your personal and professional skills. Doctoral candidates present their work at local and international conferences, and are encouraged to network and collaborate with a wide range of experts in their research field.

This course is also offered at overseas.

Health Psychology

Health Psychology is concerned with human behaviour in the context of health and illness. Understanding the psychological aspects of medical problems helps practitioners to improve healthcare interactions.

Health professionals are increasingly dealing with chronic illness, aging and the problems of living with disability. All these areas have major health psychology components.

There is now an increased recognition that health services need to pay more attention to the psychological aspects of medical problems in order to improve health care interactions.

The University of Auckland is one of the first universities worldwide to offer a practitioner qualification in Health Psychology, with excellent facilities and resources for teaching and research.

Research opportunities

There are opportunities to undertake doctoral studies in many of the areas of expertise within the department. Some of our research interests/projects include:

  • Coping with illness and chronic disease
  • Psychological influences on the development of disease states
  • Improving adjustment in healthcare settings
  • Patient-practitioner communication
  • Adherence to treatment
  • Determinants of health-related behaviours
  • Understanding how individuals make sense of and react to health screening, symptoms and illness
  • Technology and health, including healthcare apps and robotics
  • Emotions and health
  • Placebo and nocebo effects
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Compassion in medicine
  • Pain
  • Mindfulness and other psychological interventions

Programme structure

The University of Auckland PhD is a three-to-four year full-time advanced research degree.

On entry to the PhD programme, you will be enrolled provisionally. By the end of your first year, you must meet a number of goals to be confirmed into the PhD programme, including developing a full thesis proposal. After confirmation, you will continue to work on your research before submitting your thesis for examination after three years and within four years of your start date. The examination process includes an oral exam.

As part of your PhD study, you can take part in our doctoral skills programme, designed to help you achieve success in your research and develop skills for your future. We have a dedicated postgraduate careers advisor, and our library service includes specialist subject librarians to help you in your research. The central School of Graduate Studies provides dedicated support and advice for the doctoral community.

Where could this programme take you?

Our PhD graduates are successful in a wide range of fields and careers, as well as the traditional academic research career path. The PhD gives you extensive specialist and transferable skills, which are sought after in many sectors, including industry and government, and can even help you to develop entrepreneurship skills to run your own startup.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Doctor of Philosophy in Health Psychology.

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$7,109.00 (3,66,978) per year

To be eligible for the domestic fee, PhD students must reside in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral programme.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

19-Jul-21, 28-Feb-22

Venue

Newmarket Campus

314-390 Khyber Pass Road,

AUCKLAND,

Newmarket,

1023, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$7,109.00 (3,66,978) per year

To be eligible for the domestic fee, PhD students must reside in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral programme.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

19-Jul-21, 28-Feb-22

Venue

Epsom Campus

74 Epsom Avenue,

AUCKLAND,

Epsom,

1023, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$7,109.00 (3,66,978) per year

To be eligible for the domestic fee, PhD students must reside in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral programme.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

19-Jul-21, 28-Feb-22

Venue

University of Auckland

City Campus,

Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes Street,

AUCKLAND CITY,

Auckland Central,

1010, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees

NZ$7,109.00 (3,66,978) per year

To be eligible for the domestic fee, PhD students must reside in New Zealand for the duration of their doctoral programme.

*Price shown is for indicative purpose, please check with institution

From

19-Jul-21, 28-Feb-22

Venue

Grafton Campus

85 Park Road,

AUCKLAND,

Grafton,

1023, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Masters-level qualification or the equivalent of a bachelor's degree with honours

Evidence of significant research, usually undertaken as part of prior study

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

Scholarships

Here are some scholarship that are available at University of Auckland.

University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarships

Value of scholarship

Up to NZ $28,200 pa for 2020 plus compulsory fees and international health insurance. Available to domestic students and domestic fee-paying international students

Application details:

You do not need to apply for this scholarship or complete an online application form. It is awarded on the recommendation of the relevant faculty or University of Auckland committee.

Eligibility requirements:

The intention of the Scholarship is to encourage and support academically excellent domestic and international students, who are paying domestic fees, to undertake doctoral study at the University of Auckland. Students who are undertaking their first doctoral programme will be assessed for scholarship eligibility and award at the time of application to the doctoral programme.

Students who have been offered a scholarship must meet all requirements for admission into their intended programme in order to take up the scholarship offer.

All applicants who obtained a grade point average (GPA) of 8.00 or above (in their most recent qualifying programme) at a New Zealand university will be awarded a scholarship.

Tenure: Up to 36 months

Who can apply:

All international

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