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
  • Sensory psychology
  • Social psychology
  • Speech science sustainability

Structuring your 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.

2019 BA(Hons) 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.

2019 MA schedule for Psychology

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


Preparatory Clinical Psychology

15 points:


60 points:

PSYCH 708 Clinical Neuropsychology
PSYCH 718 Psychotherapeutic Assessment and Formulation
PSYCH 723 Mental Health Problems: Aetiology and Assessment

15 points from: 

PSYCH 700 Political Psychology
PSYCH 707 Forensic Psychology
PSYCH 708A and B Clinical Neuropsychology
PSYCH 711A and B Advanced Topics in Learning and Behaviour
PSYCH 714 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYCH 718 Psychotherapeutic Assessment and Formulation
PSYCH 720A and B Research Topic in Psychology
PSYCH 722 Human Learning and Development
PSYCH 723 Mental Health Problems: Aetiology and Assessment
PSYCH 724 Perceptual Neuroscience
PSYCH 725 Evolution and Human Behaviour
PSYCH 726 Emotion and Identity
PSYCH 727 Functional MRI
PSYCH 731 Social Psychology and Intergroup Processes
PSYCH 733 Special Topic: Critical Health Psychology
PSYCH 736 Special Topic: Human Brain Mapping
PSYCH 737 Work and Wellbeing
PSYCH 740 Sensory Science
PSYCH 741A and B ABA: Communicating Behaviourally
PSYCH 742 Neuroscience of Awareness
PSYCH 743 Critical Qualitative Research
PSYCH 744 Experimental Design and Quantitative Methods for Psychology
PSYCH 746 Perception, Cognition, Action
PSYCH 749, 749A and 749B
PSYCH 750A and 750B Applied Behaviour Analysis: Methods and Measurement
PSYCH 751A and 751B Applied Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles
PSYCH 754 Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
PSYCH 755 Gender, Power, and Sexuality
PSYCH 756 Special Topic
PSYCH 757 and 757A, and 757B: Advanced Applied Behaviour Analysis
PSYCH 758 Special Topic
PSYCH 759 Special Topic
PSYCH 761 Organisational Psychology

30 points:

PSYCH 780 Dissertation

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Psychology

120 points from:


105 points from:

15 points from 600 and 700 level courses in related subjects:
Computer Science, Environmental Science, Health Psychology

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

PSYCH 796 Thesis in Psychology

Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology 240 point Research Masters


105 points from course above, and 15 points from 600 and 700 level courses in related subjects:
Anthropological Science, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Health Psychology


120 points:
PSYCH 796 Thesis in 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:

  • Postgraduate Psychology courses

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.