M.Sc. On Campus

Child and Family Psychology

24 months
28440 USD/year
5484 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Child and Family Psychology from University of Canterbury was designed to meet market demand for registered psychologists specifically trained to work with children, adolescents and families.


Child and Family Psychology from University of Canterbury places a strong emphasis on consideration of strengths and resiliencies as well as challenges and difficulties, all within the context of the child's environment. We focus on children’s mental health and emotional well-being as well as their learning. We also aim to reflect the social and political context of children in Aotearoa (New Zealand) with an appropriate bicultural emphasis. We also include areas such as parenting, adult mental health and relationships in recognition that children and adolescents do not exist in isolation but are part of family and wider community systems.


Graduates will have a grounding in the theory and skills required for work with children, and their families in all the contexts within which they present for help and support. These contexts include health, education, welfare, non-governmental organisations and the private sector.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Disorders of Childhood
  • Child Development: Research Contexts and Applications
  • Interventions
  • Counselling and Psychology: Theory and Skills
  • Psychometric Theory and Administration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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You should apply as early as possible to give yourself maximum preparation time for visa application, fee payment, travel and accommodation arrangements. 


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students entering the Master's programme typically have completed a three-year undergraduate degree with a major in Psychology, which requires achieving a pass in PSYC 206 Research Design and Statistics or an equivalent research methods course.

  • All prospective students will normally be expected to have at least a B average in their 300-level undergraduate courses. 
  • Apart from the Research Methods requirement, we encourage a broad base in your undergraduate study of Psychology or Psychology and Education. 
  • As well as the obvious papers in child development, family psychology, abnormal psychology, counselling and applied behaviour analysis, papers considering inclusive practice and education provide an excellent and relevant preparation.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28440 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    5484 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5484 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National students - 7,618 - 8,867 NZD
  • International Students - 39,500  NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

1300 - 2000 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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