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
  • 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

Structuring your Arts postgraduate programme in Psychology

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (BA(Hons)) in Psychology

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

2020 BA(Hons) schedule for Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (PGDipArts) in Psychology

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

2020 PGDipArts schedule for Psychology

Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

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

2020 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

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), 120 and 240-point MSc or PGDipSci 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.

Help and advice for Arts students

For help with planning your degree and enrolling in your courses, please contact the Arts Students' Centre.

Help and advice for Science students

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics.