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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.
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’ll learn about the natural, social and biological side as well as research methods and applications of psychology.
You will ask questions such as:
A psychology degree will equip you with valuable transferable skills including research, analysis, communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.
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.
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.
A major in psychology can provide knowledge and skills relevant to a broad selection of applied psychology areas including clinical, health, education, community, industrial and organisational 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 will gain from a BA (Psychology) will be useful in many careers including:
New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.
Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.
As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
There are no specific entry requirements for Massey’s BA (Psychology), outside of university admission regulations.
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Ensure across all your courses you also have:
Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
|175101||Psychology as a Social Science||15|
|175102||Psychology as a Natural Science||15|
|175203||Introduction to Psychological Research||15|
|175205||Brain and Behaviour||15|
|175206||Memory and Cognition||15|
|175210||Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology||15|
|175302||Abnormal and Therapeutic Psychology||15|
|175303||The Practice of Psychological Research||15|
|175304||The Psychology of Security||15|
|175306||Assessment of Individual Differences||15|
|175311||Psychology of Women||15|
|175313||Gender and Violence||15|
|175316||Evolution, Culture and Mind||15|
|175343||Personnel Psychology and Career Development||15|
A major consists of 135 credits (nine courses) in Psychology; including 175.101, 175.102 and 175.203.
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.
Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.
If you wish to progress to the Master in Educational and Developmental Psychology programme it is strongly advisable to have 60 credits of education courses in your BA (Psychology).
Completing a minor is optional. Minors increase the breadth of your degree. They give you extra knowledge, attributes and capabilities.
A minor must be in a different subject from your major.
You may choose a minor from any University undergraduate degree that has recognised minors. If the minor is from another undergraduate degree, the regulations of that programme will apply.
If you are not studying towards a BA (Psychology) and wish to complete a minor in psychology see the BA regulations for requirements.
Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.
There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.
The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.
Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
My time spent completing my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and minors in Māori Studies and Social Anthropology has been beneficial in many aspects and I have achieved more than a university qualification.” Diane Koti
Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for psychology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.
If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.
You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.
Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.
You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.
You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.
When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:
Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.
More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.
You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.
We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!
If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).
You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.
Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.
There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.
The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.
The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:
|Subject area||Level||Course ID number|
Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.
In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.
Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.