Postgraduate study in Psychology

What can you study in Psychology?

Our research interests are wide ranging, spanning many aspects of psychology, from evolution to neuroscience and sensory science to the formation of lasting relationships and the maintenance of positive mental health.

Research interests open to exploration include:

  • Applied behaviour analysis
  • Cognition and culture in New Caledonian crows
  • Cognitive and language development
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Community psychology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Developmental cognitive neuroscience
  • Educational psychology
  • Experimental analysis of behaviour
  • Health psychology
  • Language and cultural evolution
  • Māori and Pacific psychology
  • New Zealand attitudes and values
  • Organisational psychology
  • Occupational health psychology
  • Sensory psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Speech science 
  • Sustainability

Māori and Pacific Psychology Research Group

The Psychology Māori and Pacific Psychology Research Group (MPPRG) is an initiative to create an inclusive and dynamic space for Māori and Pasifika students in the School of Psychology to motivate, inspire and support each other through the research process.

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Postgraduate Webinars

View our three webinars on Postgraduate Study Options for students in Psychology via the links below.

Structuring your Arts postgraduate programme in Psychology

Please note, you can no longer do a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) or Arts Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.

The Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Psychology and Science Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology listed below are still avaliable. 

Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

 MA schedule for Psychology

Structuring your Science postgraduate programme in Psychology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Psychology


Preparatory Clinical Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Psychology


Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology 120-point (one-year) Research Masters

PSYCH 796 Thesis in Psychology

Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology 120-point with UoABIX

For information on how to enrol in an MSc in Psychology as part of the University of Auckland Behavioural Insights Exchange (UoABIX), please see the BIX information page.

Combined PGDip and Masters Thesis in Psychology (240 points)

Note: Entry into Year 2 depends on satisfactory completion of Year 1 and confirmation of a supervisor.



Master of Speech-language Therapy Practice (MSLTPrac)

For information on how to structure your MSLTPrac please see Master of Speech-language Therapy Practice.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)

For information on the DClinPsych please see Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Prerequisite courses

Prior to applying for a BSc(Hons), or 120 and 240-point MSc you must have completed PSYCH 306 Research Methods in Psychology.


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take for an Psychology major:

Where can postgraduate study in Psychology take you?

Many avenues open up to graduates with training in psychology.

Jobs related to Psychology

  • Psychologist
  • Clinician
  • Mental health practitioner
  • Staff recruiter
  • HR specialist
  • Researcher

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

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