What will I learn?

Understand more about yourself and others

The Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology) will give you the equivalent of an undergraduate major in psychology without completing a second bachelor’s degree.

What is it Like?

A Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in psychology. You can then apply for postgraduate studies in psychology if you wish.

Get a broad understanding of psychology

With a Massey GDipArts (Psychology) you’ll 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. 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 sides of psychology, as well as research methods and applications of psychology.

You’ll 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 diploma in psychology will equip you with valuable transferable skills including research, analysis, communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

Internationally recognised and market-leading in New Zealand

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 organisations, and produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.

Careers

A GradDipArts (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 behaviour and interactions that you’ll gain from psychology will be useful in many

Careers including:

  • Human services
  • Communication
  • Social services
  • Business
  • Counselling
  • Human resources
  • Public health
  • Youth support
  • Policy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Scientific research
  • Special education

Requirements

Pass at least 90 credits in Psychology including 175.203

  • With at least 60 credits at 300-level

The remaining 30 credits (two courses) for the Graduate Diploma in Arts:

  • must come from the Bachelor of Arts degree schedule
  • at least 15 credits must be a 300-level course
  • may include further Psychology courses (recommended if you plan on progressing onto Postgraduate study in Psychology)

Which department am I in?

School of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

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

Venue

Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,

Turitea,

4474, New Zealand

Full Time (1 year)

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

Venue

Auckland Campus

Massey University Auckland (East Precinct),

Albany Expressway (SH17),

AUCKLAND,

Albany,

0632, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into the programme requires you to have a relevant bachelor degree, or equivalent, or be accepted as having equivalent status to a university graduate on the basis of equivalent relevant professional experience. You will also need to have a background adequate for the courses you wish to study. If you do not have the necessary background for the courses then pre-requisite courses are available in the Certificate in Science and Technology. Passes in suitable courses from other universities will be accepted instead of the prescribed Massey University courses. 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.

For international students

Admission to a Graduate Diploma requires successful completion of a three year diploma or undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

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

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  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
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