Master of Science (Psychology)

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Develop your psychology research interests

With Massey’s Master of Science (Psychology) you can build on your undergraduate interests and develop your research skills.

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What is it like?

With a Massey Master of Science (Psychology) you’ll further explore the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals and groups in social and cultural contexts. Studying psychology will help you make sense of the human impact on the world. This is your opportunity to take an issue in psychology that grabbed your attention during your undergraduate studies and develop it further.

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.

Health psychology sub-endorsement

Health psychology is the application of psychological knowledge to all aspects of physical health and disease.

Massey’s MSc (Psychology with endorsement in Health Psychology) gives you an overview of health psychology, with an emphasis on community, public health, and critical health psychology. It's right for you if you plan to work in health, public health or community settings. This programme looks at research and practical applications. You’ll gain knowledge and skills relevant to a wide range of professional activities in the health sector.

A good fit if you:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology
  • Want to stay engaged with the current debates in psychology
  • Wish to investigate a particular aspect of psychology for your research report or thesis
Minette Forder
Master of Science (Psychology) endorsed in health psychology
Psychologist, New Zealand Army (Captain)

“The critical thinking element was really helpful and different from other universities…”

I really enjoyed studying at Massey, I found that the critical thinking element was really helpful and different from other universities. I also enjoyed that I could study via distance so I got the sense of managing my own time before I entered the workforce full time. As part of the health psychology programme I got the opportunity to do an internship at a Youth Mental Health Respite facility and practically apply some of the theory and work that we had learnt. This was really rewarding as it gave me the opportunity to think about and apply what I had learnt in a real world setting where there are so many other factors to consider.

I joined the Army whilst I was waiting for my master’s to be graded. I had the opportunity to work alongside some of New Zealand Defence Force’s senior leadership to develop resources for our deployed personnel. Additionally, I was involved in developing a leadership development workshop that our junior leaders work through. Being part of the New Zealand Army has given me the opportunity to deploy overseas and work with our soldiers coming back to New Zealand. I have also been fortunate in being able to spend a month working as a psychologist overseas alongside our Canadian counterparts.


The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions that you’ll gain from a Master of Science (Psychology) will be useful in many careers including:

  • Counselling
  • Human resources
  • Public health
  • Youth support
  • Policy
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Scientific research

A career in health psychology

With the Master of Science (Psychology with endorsement in Health Psychology) you'll get the skills to apply your health psychology knowledge in:

  • Public health agencies
  • Community agencies
  • Health-related research
  • Policy analyst or adviser roles

Explore your psychology options

If you want to be a registered psychologist, you can explore your qualification options in our psychology pathways tool.

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