What will I learn?

Understand more about yourself and others

Massey’s BA (Psychology) will help you explore how the brain works, and understand how we think, behave and make decisions.

What is it Like?

With a Massey BA (Psychology) you will explore the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals and groups in a social and cultural context.

Psychology will help you make sense of the human impact on the world in which we live. At Massey, you can choose from a wide range of courses that reflect the diversity of psychology. You’ll learn about the natural, social and biological side as well as research methods and applications of psychology.

Psychology combines:

  • natural science, focusing on perception, cognition, learning and the biological bases of behaviour;
  • social science, dealing with emotions, individual differences, behaviour and relationships and the wider social context.

You will ask questions such as:

  • How do people perceive, learn, think, develop, behave and relate to each other?
  • How does the structure of the brain affect behaviour?
  • What makes people different from each other?
  • How does being in groups affect people’s behaviours; how do social groups affect what we do?
  • How do factors like culture, gender, poverty and mental illness affect the way we think and behave?

A psychology degree will equip you with valuable transferable skills including research, analysis, communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

Market-leading in New Zealand, recognised internationally

Massey graduates more researchers and clinical psychologists than any other university in New Zealand. We’re connected to a wide range of community and statutory organizations, and produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognized nationally and internationally. This strength and expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.

Applied learning opportunities for undergraduates

While most universities wait until postgraduate study to offer applied learning, we introduce this in the final year of your degree. We have a broad selection of courses across areas including forensic, experimental and community psychology that demonstrate how foundational skills can be applied. This better prepares you for further study and gives you a taste for where you might like to specialise.


A major in psychology can provide knowledge and skills relevant to a broad selection of applied psychology areas including clinical, health, education, and community, industrial and organizational psychology. These diverse options mean you can study what you are most passionate about and carry that passion forward into your career.

The knowledge of human behavior and interactions that you will gain from a BA (Psychology) will be useful in many careers including:

  • Counseling
  • Human resources
  • Public health
  • Youth support
  • Policy
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Scientific research
  • Special education


The two 100-level Psychology courses introduce you to the basic concepts in Psychology: one from the Social perspective and the other from the Scientific perspective. The other compulsory course is the 200-level Introduction to Psychological Research course, which has to be passed before commencing the 300-level courses. For the rest of the major you can select courses which are of interest to you.

Major requirements

A major consists of 135 credits (nine courses) in Psychology.

Which department am I in?

School of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 21,468) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

13 July 2020, 22 February 2021


Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,


4474, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 21,468) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

13 July 2020, 22 February 2021


Auckland Campus

Massey University Auckland (East Precinct),

Albany Expressway (SH17),



0632, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 169.

For international students

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

Find your nearest IELTS test centre and test dates

There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

About this uni

Massey University conducts ground-breaking research and delivers outstanding learning opportunities.

  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
  • Innovative campuses in three cities
  • A wide range of programmes to choose from foundation to PhD