Excel in the growing health industry
If you’re interested in improving people’s health and wellbeing, and want to make real changes in the community, the Bachelor of Health Science (Psychology) is a great career choice.
- Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
- 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
With a Massey Bachelor of Health Science (Psychology) you’ll explore people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviour and how they are affected by social and cultural contexts.
Get the skills you need
The psychology major offers you the opportunity to analyse the contributions made by psychological research to health. You’ll learn to adopt an evidence-based approach to problem-solving and decision-making that relates to the connection between mental and physical health.
You’ll learn how the structure of the brain affects our behaviour. You’ll also learn how factors such as culture, gender, poverty and mental illness affect our health, thinking and behaviour.
A wide choice of psychology courses
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 side as well as research methods and applications of psychology.
Your psychology major combines:
- natural science, focusing on perception, cognition, learning and the biological bases of behaviour
- social science, dealing with emotions, individual differences, behaviour and relationships and the wider social context.
We’re well-connected and relevant
Through our connections with a wide range of community and statutory organisations, Massey University produces unique and applied psychology research and training that is recognised nationally and internationally.
Careers and further study
The psychology major in the Bachelor of Health Science will help you develop a career that focuses on psychological aspects of the health of individuals and their families, workplaces and communities.
You’ll get 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’re most passionate about, and carry that passion forward into your career.
The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions that you will gain from a Bachelor of Health Science (Psychology) will be useful in many careers including:
- public health
- youth support
- rehabilitation psychology
- scientific research
- special education.
If you want to be a registered psychologist, you can explore your qualification options in our psychology pathways tool.
There’s an opportunity to take postgraduate study and qualify for work in clinical psychology, community psychology, forensic psychology, health psychology and organisational psychology. These include:
- Master of Science (Health Psychology)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Practice (leads to registration as a psychologist)
- Postgraduate Diploma in Industrial/Organisational Psychology (leads to registration as a psychologist)
- Doctor of Clinical Psychology (leads to registration as a clinical psychologist)
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
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.
- English Language Proficiency
- Foundation Certificate in Academic English
- Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English
- Full Foundation - Certificate in Foundation Studies
If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.
Courses and planning
From the Schedule to the Degree including:
Ensure you have:
- Not more than 165 credits at 100 level
- At least 75 credits at 300 level
Also attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.
See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.
Courses for this specialisation
|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|
|175306||Assessment of Individual Differences||15|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses each year.
Make sure you choose 175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science in your first year because it is the pre-requisite for some of your 200-level compulsory courses.
Please note that some courses are available on campus, but the major itself (as a whole) is not.
About this major
Completing a major is compulsory. The psychology major in the Bachelor of Health Science consists of 120 credits.
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?
If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.
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 will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.
A good fit if you:
- enjoy communicating with a range of people and communities
- are interested in people, thoughts, feelings and behaviour
- want a career devoted to human welfare.
Accreditations and rankings
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.
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
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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.
Workload and time management
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 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.