What will I learn?

Psychology covers a broad range of topics, but at its simplest level it is the systematic study of individual behaviour. It considers emotions, personality, and the way individuals interact. It also considers learning, memory, thinking and the brain.

Psychology is a growing and ever-changing subject which helps us make sense of the human impact on the world in which we live.

You'll learn how people perceive, learn, think, develop, behave, and relate to one another. Courses will teach you how the structure of the brain affects our behaviour, what makes people different from one another and how being in groups affects people's behaviour. Finally, you'll learn how factors like culture, gender, poverty, and mental illness affect our health, our thinking, and our behaviour.

Applied learning

During your degree you can take part in our broad selection of courses across areas including forensic, experimental and community psychology that demonstrate how foundational skills can be applied.

Topics

Some of the topics taught in psychology courses include:

  • Abnormal and therapeutic psychology
  • Bicultural perspectives in psychology
  • Brain and behaviour
  • Community psychology
  • Evolution, learning and culture
  • Memory and cognition
  • Organisational psychology
  • Social psychology

Careers

A degree in psychology may lead to many possible career paths. Virtually any setting where knowledge of human behaviour and interactions is useful may employ someone with knowledge of psychology. Some areas in which recent graduates have gained employment are:

  • Human resource management
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Business psychology
  • Teaching
  • Scientific research
  • Public health
  • Counselling
  • Defence psychology
  • Special education

After completing the bachelor's programme, postgraduate study may give you the opportunity to practice as a registered psychologist in clinical or organisational settings.

Which department am I in?

School of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (3 years (February intake); 3.5 years (July intake))

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 21,087) 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

Venue

Auckland Campus

Massey University Auckland (East Precinct),

Albany Expressway (SH17),

AUCKLAND,

Albany,

0632, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years (February intake); 3.5 years (July intake))

Tuition fees
NZ$32,780.00 (US$ 21,087) 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

Venue

Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,

Turitea,

4474, 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.

Knowledge gained in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics (or equivalent) will help you study in this major but is not essential.

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)
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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