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Master of Health Science (Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available at Wellington
  • Course selection may require travel between campuses
  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Some courses are offered in block mode.

With Massey’s Master of Health Science (Psychology), you can undertake advanced study in health science, and research an aspect of this field that’s important to you.

Find out more about the Master of Health Science parent structure.

What is it like?

The Master of Health Science offers you an opportunity to pursue research through advanced studies in a specialised subject.

You’ll build on your degree and study in more detail the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals and groups in social and cultural contexts. Studying psychology will help you make sense of the human impact on the world.

Massey graduates more researchers and clinical psychologists than any other university in New Zealand. We’re connected to a wide range of community and statutory organisations, and produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.

A good fit if you:

  • Have completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) majoring in psychology, or a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology.
  • Want to build on your health science studies.
  • Wish to do research into a health science topic that is important to you.
  • Are seeking a qualification that can make a difference to people.


The Master of Health Science (Psychology) will give you knowledge and skills relevant to a broad selection of applied psychology areas including clinical, health, education, community, and industrial and organisational psychology. These diverse options mean you can study what you’re most passionate about, and carry that passion forward into your career. The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions you’ll gain from this qualification will be useful in many careers including:

  • Counselling
  • Human resources
  • Public health
  • Youth support
  • Policy
  • Rehabilitation psychology
  • Scientific research

If you want to be a registered psychologist, you can explore your qualification options in our psychology pathways tool.

Please note: the 180-credit Master of Health Science (Psychology) does not meet the criteria for admission to training as a registered psychologist.

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