Push the boundaries
Study with us to think outside the box. Embrace innovative ideas and new technologies.
Striving to be Tiriti-led
We work to uphold the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi – and to empower all New Zealanders, especially Māori.
Spoilt for choice
Massey has 35+ bachelor's degrees to choose from.
Uni of choice
Massey is New Zealand's university of choice for almost 30,000 students every year.
Humanities and social sciences get to the heart of what it means to be human, and the ways we create and communicate meaning. It's all about creative thinking for a changing world.
Choose from qualifications and courses that ask fundamental questions about society and culture. Address big educational issues. Sustain Aotearoa New Zealand's heritage. Delve into defence and security. Learn about why we think and act the way we do.
Graduate ready to participate in an increasingly interconnected world. Learn from expert lecturers and researchers from areas such as:
- Development studies
- Emergency management
- English, writing and theatre
- History, philosophy and culture
- Languages and linguistics
- Media and communication
- Māori knowledge
- Politics and society
- Psychology and mental health
- Security and defence
Join award-winning staff from our College of Humanities and Social Sciences – Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata to study the past, present and future of the world we live in — and your place within it.
What you could study
Here's a small sample of the qualifications and courses you could study as a Massey student of humanities and social sciences.
Follow your interests. Broaden your knowledge. As well as a specialisation (also called a major), you can add a minor to bachelor's degrees.
All Bachelor of Arts majors are available as minors, plus minor-only subjects such as:
- indigenous psychologies
- theatre studies.
Improve your skills with professional development courses from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (Te Kura Hauora Tangata). Learn from our experts in areas such as emergency management, research and publishing, security, and teaching and education.
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What our students say
“My research has enriched my understanding and knowledge of fast-changing security issues in the policing context.”
“Be a creative thinker; challenge the status quo; and if you’re feeling bold, aim to become a change-maker. That’s what the BA did for me.”
“A degree in planning equipped me with the skills and knowledge to facilitate sustainable development as cities continue to grow.”
You'll have access to a wide range of first-class facilities when you study health with us. Here's a snapshot of what's on offer.
Speech-language Therapy Clinic
A teaching clinic offering therapy for children and adults who experience communication and eating difficulties. Supervised by specialist staff, students provide assessment and intervention support at the clinic and in the community.
Location: Auckland campus
Theatre for the real world
Explore the change you want to see in the world, with Massey's unique focus on theatre and social justice.
Perform in theatre spaces with:
- lighting rigs
- projection capability
- video recording.
Location: Auckland, Manawatū and Wellington campuses
Centre for Indigenous Psychologies
The centre is an inclusive physical and intellectual space.
Through our teaching and research, indigenous psychologies are embraced, experienced, understood and developed – in ways to benefit all communities.
Location: Manawatū campus
International Media Psychology Laboratory
This laboratory researches how humans interact with new and emerging VR technologies. It houses a state-of-the-art, fully ambulatory, room-scale virtual reality (VR) system.
Location: Manawatū (Palmerston North) campus
Our world-class equipment and facilities include:
- audio booths for interviews or podcasting
- dubbing theatre
- live-rooms controlled by two of the world’s most sought-after desks – 72ch Neve and 48ch SSL Duality analogue console
- studio equipped with the latest Avid hardware.
Meet our graduates
“Young people are contributing to the future of the language and making it relevant to their lives. If any generation is likely to show the future of te reo Māori it’ll be those who can speak Māori, and it’ll be the younger generation who’ve been raised through Māori medium education.”
Ngāti Rangi, Te Āti Haunui a Pāpārangi, Ngāti Maniapoto
“Studying at Massey was an amazing experience for me… I was offered a full-time role upon completion of my master’s.”
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