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Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

What is it like?

Psychology covers a broad range of topics, but at its simplest level it is the systematic study of individual behaviour. It considers emotions, personality, and the way individuals interact. It also considers learning, memory, thinking and the brain.

Psychology is a growing and ever-changing subject which helps us make sense of the human impact on the world in which we live.

You'll learn how people perceive, learn, think, develop, behave, and relate to one another. Courses will teach you how the structure of the brain affects our behaviour, what makes people different from one another and how being in groups affects people's behaviour. Finally, you'll learn how factors like culture, gender, poverty, and mental illness affect our health, our thinking, and our behaviour.

Market leading in New Zealand

We graduate more clinical psychologists than any other university in New Zealand. Our research and teaching is unique and recognised nationally and internationally. This strength and expertise means your learning will be relevant to today’s jobs and societies and your degree will have a great reputation.

Applied learning

During your degree you can take part in our broad selection of courses across areas including forensic, experimental and community psychology that demonstrate how foundational skills can be applied.


Some of the topics taught in psychology courses include:

  • Abnormal and therapeutic psychology
  • Bicultural perspectives in psychology
  • Brain and behaviour
  • Community psychology
  • Evolution, learning and culture
  • Memory and cognition
  • Organisational psychology
  • Social psychology


A degree in psychology may lead to many possible career paths. Virtually any setting where knowledge of human behaviour and interactions is useful may employ someone with knowledge of psychology. Some areas in which recent graduates have gained employment are:

  • Human resource management    
  • Rehabilitation psychology    
  • Business psychology
  • Teaching    
  • Scientific research    
  • Public health
  • Counselling    
  • Defence psychology    
  • Special education

After completing the bachelor's programme, postgraduate study may give you the opportunity to practice as a registered psychologist in clinical or organisational settings.

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