MSc (Psychology with endorsement in Health Psychology)

Psychologists in office

The Master of Science (Psychology with endorsement in Health Psychology) is a 240-credit applied degree. It's right for you if you plan to work in health, public health or community settings. You can complete the MSc full time (in two years) or part time (up to five years).

If you want a research career, you can follow your MSc with a PhD supervised by health psychology staff members.

If you want to be a registered psychologist, the MSc will provide you with the prerequisite to apply for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice as a pathway to psychologist registration.

For more information on study options for becoming a registered psychologist, see our psychology pathways tool:

Entry requirements

To enter the Master of Science (Psychology with endorsement in Health Psychology) you need an undergraduate degree with a major in psychology.

How to apply

Applications to the School of Psychology for entry into the health psychology endorsement programme may be submitted at any time, and once accepted, students may start at one of two start dates a year, which correspond with the first and second semester dates.
See Application process for more information on how to apply for postgraduate psychology programmes at Massey, including information for international students.

The university's planning pages and application for enrolment are available from the MSc (Psychology) programme pages.


You must include these courses in your MSc:

You must also take two of the three following courses (we recommend taking all three courses):

Choose your remaining 60 credits from elective courses.
From which, we recommend you take

If you want to practise as a health psychologist we recommend the following course:

Please contact if you have questions about course choice and employment pathways.


Massey is the only university in New Zealand to offer a practicum course as part of a master's degree in psychology. You'll get supervised practical experience in a health-related organisation and acquire critical and transferable skills as well as research experience, to get you ready for the workplace.


For academic enquiries about the health psychology programme at Massey please contact:

Professor Sarah Riley
Health Psychology Programme Coordinator
Tel: +64 (04) 801 5799 ext. 63621
Address: College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Massey University, PO Box 756, Wellington 6140


With the master's programme 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.

If you want a research career you can apply for entry into doctoral research in health psychology.

Research theses

See research theses completed by our health psychology students.

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