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- Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
- Auckland, Manawatū
- 1.5 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ
- Some courses are offered in block mode, so course selection may require travel between campuses.
Note: The School of Psychology is facing unprecedented demand for postgraduate Psychology specialisations. This programme has now been closed for the 2022 intake.
Note: This programme is covered by the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Amendment Order 2021. Students are required to provide details of their vaccination status on enrolment.
The Master of Health Science offers you an opportunity to pursue research through advanced studies in a specialised subject.
With Massey’s Master of Health Science (Psychology), you can undertake advanced study in health science. You can also research an aspect of this field that’s important to you.
You’ll study in more detail 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.
More psychology researchers and clinical psychologists graduate from Massey than any other university in New Zealand. We’re connected to a wide range of community and statutory organisations. We also produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.
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 wait-list for possible vacancies.
Careers and further study
The Master of Health Science (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 you’ll gain from this qualification will be useful in many careers including:
- human resources
- public health
- youth support
- rehabilitation psychology
- scientific research.
If you want to be a registered psychologist, you can explore your qualification options in our psychology pathways tool.
Please note: the 180-credit Master of Health Science (Psychology) does not meet the criteria for admission to training as a registered psychologist.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of Health Science (Psychology) programme you will have been awarded or qualified for:
- a relevant health-related bachelor’s degree with a minimum B grade average over the 200/300 level courses, or
- a relevant health-related bachelor’s degree and extensive professional experience, or
- a Postgraduate Diploma in a relevant health-related discipline with a B grade average, or
- a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree with a B grade average.
If you have a postgraduate diploma in a relevant health-related discipline or a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) degree as outlined above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.
You must provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
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 qualifications that may help.
Courses and planning
- Part One compulsory course – 15 credits
- Part One subject courses – 105 credits
- Part Two research – 60 credits
- Part One compulsory course – 15 credits
- Part One subject courses – 45 credits
- Part Two research courses – 120 credits
Courses for this specialisation
Professional Pathway (105 credits) or Research Pathway (45 credits)
|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|
|175725||Advanced Social Psychology||30|
|175729||Psychology and Culture||15|
|175730||Professional Practice in Psychology||15|
|175732||Psychological Well-being in Organisations||15|
|175734||Child Clinical Neuropsychology||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|
|175781||Understanding Mental Distress||15|
|175782||Clinical Psychology Assessment||15|
|175783||Clinical Psychology Interventions||15|
|175894||Thesis 120 Credit Part 1||60|
|175896||Thesis 120 Credit Part 2||60|
|175873||Research Report Psychology (60)||60|
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
The Master of Health Science is a parts-based qualification. You must complete Part One before moving to Part Two.
The Master of Health Science (Psychology) offers a research or professional pathway.
For the professional pathway progression from Part One to Part Two, you must achieve a minimum B- grade in the Part One Core course 175.738.
For the research pathway progression from Part One to Part Two, you must achieve a minimum B grade in the Part One Core course 175.738.
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 been admitted into the programme.
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.
- Look for information under ‘Student Progression’ in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.
- Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
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.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
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:
- have completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in psychology.
- want to build on your health science studies.
- wish to do research into a topic that is important to you.
Accreditations and rankings
Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for psychology by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
Key information for students
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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.
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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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.