Postgraduate HQ

The NZPsS welcomes post-graduate students in psychology and psychology interns as student subscribers of the NZPsS- it's Free!

Benefits of joining


To access the application form you will need to create an account first - this only requires your name and email address. Creating an account enables you to save the application form and return to it later. 
If you have previously registered for events, or purchased books from us, you may already be in the system, and will be prompted to use the "I lost my password" option to create a new password

To find out more about joining the Society as a student subscriber click on the Student Handbook or contact the membership administrator: membership(at)

Listen to NZPsS student Nick Laurence discussing his psychology studies

Find out about psychology scopes of practice

Below are the recorded sessions from the Auckland branch event ‘Understanding Scopes of Practice In Psychology’.

Institute of Educational & Developmental Psychology (IEDP) Michele Blick

Institute of Community Psychology Aotearoa (IComPA) Danielle Diamond

Institute of Criminal Justice & Forensic Psychology (ICJFP) Barry Kirker

Part 1 Institute of Counselling Psychology (ICounsPsy) Amanda Gilmour

Part 2 Institute of Counselling Psychology (ICounsPsy) Amanda Gilmour

The clinical psychology scope – Malcolm Stewart



Careers in psychology and NZPsS Institutes

Read about careers in psychology

The Institutes of the Society are interest-groups based around areas that you may be studying. If you are studying this programme area you may be eligible to join the Institute for free. Please click on the relevant Institute below to see more information and find an application form.

Institute of Clinical Psychology
Institute of Health Psychology
Institute of Counselling Psychology
Institute of Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology
Institute of Community Psychology
Institute of Organisational Psychology
Institute of Educational and Developmental Psychology


(watch them here)

How do I become a Health Psychologist in Aotearoa/New Zealand (10 mins), presented by Iris Fontanilla, the chair of the Institute of Health Psychology. “Disclaimer: Please note, the contents of this webinar is the presenter’s University of Auckland experience. Students, please contact other tertiary institutions as well to ascertain if they offer other health psychology courses. Thank you.”

Working as a Counselling Psychologist (19mins), presented by Katarina Nilsen, a member of the Institute of Counselling Psychology. (Due to some sound problems, please listen to this presentation with headphones)

There are two new webinars especially for students. The first webinar presented by two Auckland University students, Adriana and Simon, is about their experience as interns. The second webinar is presented by Fiona Howard on the importance of supervision.
Self Care and Self Reflection is presented by Dr Kerry Gibson. The webinar explores the importance of self-care and self-reflection for psychologists when working with and supporting others.
Dr Ingo Lambrecht presents a 50 minute webinar on Mindfulness – Keeping the Therapeutic Space Alive.

NZPsS Annual Conference

Be part of  the NZPsS annual conference

Short-paper stream – Psychology Snippets
Twenty slides shown for 20 seconds each – this is a new presentation feature aimed at students. All presentations will be shown in one stream and only these presentations are eligible for best student paper. Focusing on telling a coherent story that engages the audience by communicating effectively about your research project and findings and key psychological concepts. If you are interested just complete the abstract submission form and tick “Psychology Snippets”.

NZPsS is offering a grant to 3 students who wish to attend conference but due to hardship and/or distance may otherwise be unable to attend. Please click here for more information and the application form. Applications are due by 1 July 2024. Click here for some more information and the application form.

Scholarships for students

Karahipi Tumuaki- The President’s Scholarship
The Society offers the Karahipi Tumuaki President’s Scholarship which recognises research that is Māori centred and of value to the Māori community. The Scholarship is valued at $5000 plus one year’s free membership of the Society. If the recipient is a Full Member of the Society, the subscription fee will be waived for one year. If the recipient is not a member, they will receive a year’s free subscribership to the Society. This scholarship is offered each year. For more information email membership(at)
Go to the awards page for the application form.

Postgraduate Student Social Justice Research Scholarship
The postgraduate student social justice research scholarship was established in 2017 to support the research of NZPsS student subscribers in the area of social justice.
This scholarship is intended to support students studying psychology to conduct research on a significant social justice issue e.g. poverty, social inequality, discrimination etc. as part of a recognized post-graduate degree in psychology at a New Zealand university. Click here for the guidelines.
Go to the awards page for the application form.

Other scholarships
Scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education: Learning Support Study Awards and Scholarships.  Educational Psychology internship and the Child & Family internship.

Publish in Psychology Aotearoa

“Be out there”….opportunities for you to publish

Karen Simpson.jpgPsychology Aotearoa is published twice a year and features a Student Forum where you can publish your research and air your views.
Your contributions are very welcome.  Contact Student Forum Editor, Karen Simpson at office(at)

Student Wellbeing

Other resources: Selfcare for students.

Positive psychology resources:
A TED Talk by Andy Puddicombe titled ‘All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
Listen to Mental Health Promoter Grant Rix talk about mindfulness in a series of videos

E-therapy resources:


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Free courses

Tuning in to Psychology: Free Lectures Through iTunes University 

Other free courses are available through MIT OpenCourseware  They offer an excellent selection of courses in the brain and cognitive sciences at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. All of these classes can be completed online via self-study and do not require registration.

Yale University also offers a host of free open-access courses on a wide variety of subjects, including psychology. Their course offerings include “Psych 110: Introduction to Psychology” and “Psych123: The Psychology, Biology and Politics of Food.”

Free Online Psychology Courses

193 of the best Psychology courses.
Learn Psychology with free online courses and MOOCs from University of Cape Town, The University of Sheffield, Wesleyan University, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and other top universities around the world. Read reviews to decide if a class is right for you.

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