Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology)

On successful completion of this programme, graduates are expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate theories and current scientific literature from one or more specific themes in the field of Psychology relevant to Pacific cultures or professional practices.
  2. Develop a series of primary research studies in the field of psychology, which relate directly to research questions identified from the existing literature.
  3. Conduct primary data collection using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies at an advanced level conforming to conventions of research in the field of Psychology adhering to ethical and professional standards.
  4. Critically discuss a range of potential interpretations and explanations for the data collected in terms of the relevant research questions, past literature and Pacific context within the field of psychology.
  5. Deliver clear and effective presentation of research through verbal and written formats as appropriate for Institutional Review boards and academic conferences in the field of psychology, using appropriate media and conceptual language.
  6. Report scientific research studies (background literature and research question justification, methods overview, presentation of data analysis and interpretation of findings) using appropriate APA formatting and referencing as would be required for standard research publications in psychology.
  7. Work effectively within a research team (i.e., supervisory team) to communicate and reflect on the research process and justify research decision-making in the field of psychology.
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