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Psychology is about understanding the behaviour and cognitive processes of people and animals in their physical, social and organisational environment. As a behavioural science, it examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, it focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, it studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science it studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology.
Psychology is available as a major for the BA, BSc and BSocSc. Psychology may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.
To complete a major in Psychology for the BA and BSocSc, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Psychology, including PSYC208, 40 points from PSYC225, PSYC226, PSYC227, PSYC228, PSYC229 or PSYC230, and at least 60 points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Psychology for the BA and BSocSc include PSYC102 and PSYC103 in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 level. It is also recommended that students majoring in Psychology take all 200 level 10 point papers. A Psychology and Management specialisation is available to students wishing to complete a BSocSc Psychology major with an emphasis in Management. Details can be found in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Handbook.
To complete a major in Psychology for the BSc, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Psychology, including PSYC208, PSYC225, PSYC226, PSYC227, PSYC230, and at least 60 points above 200 level. It is recommended that students intending to major in Psychology for the BSc include PSYC102 and PSYC103 in the first year of their programme of study.
All students intending to proceed to graduate study in Psychology should include PSYC307 in their programme of study, as this is a prerequisite for all graduate study.
Students who are considering studying Psychology are advised to obtain either the Undergraduate or the Graduate Psychology Handbook from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or the School of Psychology Office.

Note: Candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in Psychology papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in Psychology papers above 200 level.


  • 100 level
  • PSYC101 - 14B (NET) & 14B (HAM)  - Foundations of Psychology
  • PSYC102 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM)  - Social and Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC103 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM)  - General and Experimental Psychology
  • 200 level
  • PSYC206 - 14B (HAM)  - Animal Behaviour: Principles and Applications
  • PSYC208 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM)  - Psychological Research: Analysis, Design and Measurement
  • PSYC209  - Companion Animal Behaviour
  • PSYC225 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM)  - Behavioural Psychology and Learning
  • PSYC226 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM)  - The Psychology of Perception
  • PSYC227 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM)  - Foundations of Behavioural Neuroscience
  • PSYC228 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM)  - Culture, Ethnicity and Psychology
  • PSYC229 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM)  - Contemporary Issues and Social Psychology
  • PSYC230 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM)  - Cognitive Psychology
  • 300 level
  • HDCO340 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM)  - Perspectives on Counselling
  • PSYC301 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM)  - Community, Culture and Diversity: Applied Social Psychology
  • PSYC304 - 14B (HAM)  - Animal Behaviour: Principles and Applications
  • PSYC307 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM)  - Research Methods
  • PSYC310 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM)  - Psychology and Gender
  • PSYC314 - 14B (HAM)  - Behaviour Analysis
  • PSYC317 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM)  - Organisational Psychology
  • PSYC319 - 14B (TGA) & 14B (HAM)  - Psychological Perspectives on Child Development
  • PSYC337 - 14A (HAM)  - Psychological Measurement
  • PSYC338 - 14A (TGA) & 14A (HAM)  - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC340 - 14A (HAM)  - Applied Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC341 - 14B (HAM)  - Visual Neuroscience and its Applications
  • PSYC344 - 14A (HAM)  - Physiology of Human Potential and Development
  • PSYC388 - 14A (TGA), 14A (HAM), 14B (TGA), 14B (HAM), 14S (TGA) & 14S (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • PSYC390 - 14A (TGA), 14A (HAM), 14B (TGA), 14B (HAM), 14S (TGA), 14S (HAM), 14Y (TGA) & 14Y (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • Prescriptions for the Dip(SocSc) GradDip(GradDipPsych) and GradCert(Psych)
    A Diploma in Social Sciences, Graduate Diploma and a Graduate Certificate is available to graduates who have not included Psychology at an advanced level in their first degree.
    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.
  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Psych), PGDip(Psych), BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA, MSc and MSocSc
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Psychology papers, a student should normally have at least a B average either over 120 points of their Psychology major or over 300 level Psychology papers to a value of 60 points and must have passed PSYC307.
    The requirements for admission to masters level study in Psychology are set out in the Faculty and School Handbooks.
    Students should choose an appropriate and balanced programme of study from among the options listed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook. In making their choice they should, in general, choose no more than two papers taught by any one member of staff. All programmes of study should be devised in consultation with the Chair of School and/or the Graduate Studies Committee.
    To complete a PGDip(Psych) students must gain 120 points at 500 level or above, including 90 points in Psychology.
    To complete a BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Psychology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PSYC591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Psychology. PSYC511, PSYC512, PSYC517, PSYC518, PSYC575, PSYC581, PSYC582 and PSYC583 are not able to be counted towards the BSc(Hons). Applications for entry to the BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) and BSocSc(Hons) close on the first Monday in December in the year preceding entry. Mid-year enrolments are not possible. Please contact the School of Psychology for further details.
    To complete an MA or MSocSc in Psychology, students must take a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and the equivalent of 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and the equivalent of 60 points from approved 500 level papers.
    To complete an MSc in Psychology, students must take either a 120 point thesis and the equivalent of 120 points from approved 500 level papers or a 90 point thesis and the equivalent of 150 points from approved 500 level papers.
  • PSYC511 - 14A (HAM)  - Evaluation Research Design
  • PSYC512  - Evaluation Research Analysis
  • PSYC513 - 14B (HAM) & 14B (BLK)  - Evaluation Research Analysis
  • PSYC517 - 14B (HAM)  - The Social Psychology of Anti-Social Behaviour
  • PSYC518  - Family Violence: Research and Interventions
  • PSYC538 - 14B (NET) & 14B (HAM)  - Applications of Behaviour Analysis
  • PSYC539 - 14A (HAM)  - Graduate Research Methods in Psychology
  • PSYC556 - 14A (HAM)  - Advanced Topics in Abnormal Adult Psychology
  • PSYC557 - 14A (HAM)  - Human Performance Research: Theories and Practice
  • PSYC559 - 14B (NET) & 14B (HAM)  - Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research
  • PSYC560 - 14A (NET) & 14A (HAM)  - Applied Behaviour Analysis: Theory and Issues
  • PSYC561 - 14A (NET) & 14A (HAM)  - Behaviour Analysis Research and Theory
  • PSYC562 - 14B (HAM)  - Theories of Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC564 - 14B (HAM)  - Child Psychopathology
  • PSYC568 - 14A (HAM)  - Human Factors Psychology
  • PSYC571 - 14B (HAM)  - Psychology of Careers
  • PSYC572 - 14A (HAM)  - Personnel Selection
  • PSYC573 - 14A (HAM)  - Personnel Training and Development
  • PSYC575 - 14A (HAM) & 14B (HAM)  - Psychological Applications and the Treaty of Waitangi
  • PSYC577 - 14B (NET) & 14B (HAM)  - Recent Research in Behaviour Analysis
  • PSYC578 - 14B (HAM)  - Vision and the Brain
  • PSYC579 - 14B (HAM)  - Advances in Organisational Psychology
  • PSYC580 - 14B (HAM)  - The Psychology of Criminal Conduct
  • PSYC581 - 14A (HAM) & 14B (HAM)  - Psychological Assessment
  • PSYC582 - 14B (BLK)  - Community Health Psychology
  • PSYC583 - 14A (BLK)  - Foundations of Community Psychology
  • PSYC585 - 14B (HAM)  - Organisation Change and Development
  • PSYC587 - 14C (NET) & 14C (HAM)  - Behaviour Analysis Practicum
  • PSYC588 - 14A (HAM), 14B (HAM) & 14S (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • PSYC589 - 14A (HAM), 14B (HAM) & 14S (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • PSYC590 - 14A (HAM), 14B (HAM), 14S (HAM) & 14Y (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • PSYC591 - 14Y (HAM)  - Honours Dissertation
  • PSYC592 - 14C (HAM)  - Dissertation
  • PSYC593 - 14C (HAM)  - Psychology Thesis
  • PSYC594 - 14C (HAM)  - Psychology Thesis
  • Prescriptions for the MAppPsy
    There are three specified programmes available within this degree: Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, and Organisational Psychology.
    The requirements for admission to masters level study in Psychology are set out in the Faculty and School Handbooks.
    Behaviour Analysis
    To complete an MAppPsy in Behaviour Analysis, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising the compulsory papers (PSYC538, PSYC560, PSYC561, PSYC577), a 15 or 30 point directed study (PSYC587, PSYC589 or PSYC590) in a relevant area, a 60 point dissertation (PSYC592), 90 point thesis (PSYC593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYC594) and a further 30 to 105 points selected from the optional papers: PSYC559, PSYC564, PSYC575 and PSYC581. In addition students with appropriate academic backgrounds may select an Education paper (eg HDCO510 or HDCO523) or the Biological Sciences paper (BIOL533). Note that in 2014 PSYC538, PSYC559, PSYC560, PSYC561, PSYC577 and PSYC887 are available both on campus and online. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Behaviour Analysis Programme Convenor.
    Community Psychology
    To complete an MAppPsy in Community Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising 90 points from the compulsory papers (PSYC511, PSYC513, PSYC575, PSYC582, PSYC583), a 60 point dissertation (PSYC592) or a 90 point thesis (PSYC593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYC594), and 30 to 90 points from optional papers in Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Geography, History, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Community Psychology Programme Convenor.
    Organisational Psychology
    To complete an MAppPsy in Organisational Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising 105 points from the compulsory papers (LBST531 or LBST532, PSYC539, PSYC571, PSYC572, PSYC573, PSYC579, PSYC585), a 90 point thesis (PSYC593), and 45 points from optional papers in Human Resource Management, Labour Studies and Psychology eg HRMG543, HRMG544, HRMG545, PSYC581. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Organisational Psychology Programme Convenor.
    Students considering enrolment in the MAppPsy must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, meet the School of Psychology requirements for entry into the programme. Applications should be made to the Convenor (indicating one of Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, or Organisational Psychology), MAppPsy, School of Psychology.
  • Prescriptions for the PGDipPracPsych
    A Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology is available to suitably qualified graduates and is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded endorsed in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, or Organisational Psychology. To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, students must gain 120 points in the following papers.
  • PSYC531 - 14C (HAM)  - Case Study Analysis in Organisational Psychology
  • PSYC532 - 14C (HAM)  - Professional Issues in Organisational Psychology
  • PSYC533 - 14C (HAM)  - The Practice of Organisational Psychology
  • PSYC541 - 14C (HAM)  - Case Study Analysis in Community Psychology
  • PSYC542 - 14C (HAM)  - Professional Issues in Community Psychology
  • PSYC543 - 14C (HAM)  - The Practice of Community Psychology
  • PSYC551 - 14C (NET) & 14C (HAM)  - Case Study Analysis in Applied Psychology ABA
  • PSYC552 - 14C (NET) & 14C (HAM)  - Professional Issues in Psychology ABA
  • PSYC553 - 14C (HAM)  - The Practice of Psychology ABA
  • Prescriptions for the PGDipPsych(Clin)
    Students considering enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, also meet the requirements for entry to the School's graduate programme. Applications must be received by 1 October in the year prior to their enrolment, and should be made to the Secretary, School of Psychology. The number of students accepted into the programme is limited and shortlisted applicants are interviewed in November.
    Note: The following papers are only available to students enrolled in the PGDipPsych(Clin).
  • PSYC521 - 14Y (HAM)  - Professional Issues in Clinical Practice
  • PSYC522 - 14Y (HAM)  - Bicultural Approaches to Clinical Practice
  • PSYC523 - 14Y (HAM)  - Clinical Practicum 1: Fundamental Clinical Skills
  • PSYC524 - 14Y (HAM)  - Clinical Practicum 2: Advanced and Specialist Skills
  • PSYC525 - 14C (HAM) & 14D (HAM)  - Clinical Internship
  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality. The requirements for admission to masters level study in Philosophy are set out in the Faculty Handbook.
  • PSYC800 - 14C (HAM)  - Psychology MPhil Thesis
  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a two year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
  • PSYC900 - 14C (HAM)  - Psychology PhD Thesis

Current information as of 17 July 2014 2:57pm

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