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Take your study of psychology to the next level

With Massey’s Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Psychology), you can take your undergraduate study of psychology further.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
  • Campus

  • Manawatū
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.

A Massey BA Honours (Psychology) will build on your undergraduate psychology degree. 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.

Develop your psychology research interests

An honours degree is made up of courses and a research project. You can take an issue in psychology that grabbed your attention during your undergraduate studies and develop it further. The Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Psychology) can be your pathway to a higher research degree.

Internationally recognised and market-leading in New Zealand

We’re connected to a wide range of community and statutory organisations. Our unique and applied psychology research and training is recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree. Your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.

Careers and further study


A BA Honours (Psychology) will give you knowledge and skills relevant to a broad selection of applied psychology areas including clinical, health, education, community, and industrial and organisational psychology. These diverse options mean you can study what you’re most passionate about and carry that passion forward into your career. 

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

  • counselling
  • human resources
  • public health
  • youth support
  • policy
  • rehabilitation psychology
  • scientific research.

Explore your psychology options

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

Further study

The Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Psychology) can be your pathway to a higher research degree such as a master’s or PhD.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


To enter the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (Psychology) you will have been awarded or qualified for a:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent qualification with a major in psychology, or
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in psychology, followed by a Graduate Certificate in Arts endorsed in the psychology or close equivalent; or
  • Bachelor of Arts degree followed by a Graduate Diploma of Arts in psychology or close equivalent;


  • you must have achieved at least a B+ grade average in the 300-level Psychology specialisation courses, or equivalent.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University. 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language and the qualifying degree was not completed at a University where English is the medium of instruction, you will have achieved an IELTS of 7.0 with no band less than 6.5.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Subject courses (including any compulsory courses) – Up to 90 credits
  • Research report – At least 30 credits

Courses for this specialisation

Compulsory courses

45 credits
175738 Psychological Research: Principles of Design 15
175799 Research Report (30) 30

Subject courses

175718 Postmodernism and Psychology 15
175719 Applied Criminal Psychology 15
175720 Advanced Psychology of Women 15
175721 Child and Family Therapy 15
175722 Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology 15
175724 Advanced Experimental Psychology 30
175725 Advanced Social Psychology 30
175729 Psychology and Culture 15
175730 Professional Practice in Psychology 15
175732 Psychological Well-being in Organisations 15
175733 Sustainable Livelihood 15
175734 Child Clinical Neuropsychology 15
175737 Occupational Psychology 15
175739 Health Psychology: Understanding Health and Illness 15
175740 Occupational Health Psychology 15
175741 Psychological Assessment in Organisations 15
175743 Health Psychology: The Social Context 15
175744 Health Psychology: Promoting Health 15
175746 Psychological Research: Quantitative Data Analysis 15
175747 The Psychology of Sport and Exercise 15
175748 The Psychology of Organisational Change 15
175750 Qualitative Methods in Psychology 15
175751 Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 15
175761 Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 15
175781 Understanding Mental Distress 15
175782 Clinical Psychology Assessment 15
175783 Clinical Psychology Interventions 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

Completing a subject is compulsory. A Bachelor of Arts with Honours (Psychology) requires 120 credits.

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

Research supervision

To enrol for your research course you must arrange a supervisor and have the Agreement to Supervise form signed before your enrolment will be approved. For more information see the Supervision Agreement.

Restricted courses

The following courses have a restricted number of places available:

  • 175.719 Applied Criminal Psychology
  • 175.721 Child and Family Therapy
  • 175.722 Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • 175.730 Professional Practice in Psychology
  • 175.734 Child Clinical Neuropsychology
  • 175.761 Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • 175.781 Clinical Psychopathology
  • 175.782 Clinical Psychology Assessment
  • 175.783 Clinical Psychology Interventions

You are welcome to enrol in these courses however, selection for these courses will not be made until mid-January. Applicants who are initially unsuccessful in securing a place are welcome to apply to waitlist for possible vacancies via your student portal.

You will gain access to the student portal once you have applied and have been accepted to Massey.

Not all courses are available in each semester.

Professional registration

If you intend to go on to a professional qualification in psychology (such as the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychological Practice or Postgraduate Diploma of Industrial Organisational Psychology)

1. You must complete either:

  • a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree, or
  • a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.

2. You may then apply for the Master of Arts degree (120 credits).

3. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you may apply for the Postgraduate Diploma of Psychological Practice or the Postgraduate Diploma of Industrial Organisational Psychology

These arrangements are necessary to ensure appropriate professional registration is subsequently possible.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications.  If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit. 

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

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.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • were a high-achieving bachelor’s studentwant to stand out in a crowded marketplace
  • would like to investigate an issue in psychology fully through independent, supervised research
  • want to follow your intellectual curiosity and develop your analysis skills.

Accreditations and rankings

QS ranking psychology

Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for psychology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


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.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

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.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

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.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

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.

Enrolling in courses

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:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

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.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

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.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

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:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

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 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.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships