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Diploma in Arts (Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available at all campuses
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Understand more about yourself and others

Psychology explores the thoughts, feelings, and actions of individuals and groups in a social and cultural context. The goal of psychology is to understand, describe and predict behaviour.

Find out more about the Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour, cognition and experience. It is a social science dealing with emotions, individual differences, behaviour and relationships in social and cultural contexts. It is also a biological science, examining the neurophysiological, basis of learning and performance, as well as sensory and perceptual skills. As a profession, psychology is dedicated to the promotion of human welfare.

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


Any setting where knowledge of human behaviour and interactions is useful may employ someone with knowledge of psychology.

  • Counselling
  • Human resources
  • Public health
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Scientific research
  • Special education

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