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Psychology - Postgraduate options

Subject description



Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. It is a wide subject that ranges from, on the one hand, a strictly quantitative and scientific approach to, on the other, a more qualitative and personal approach. It also ranges from the strongly theoretical to the eminently practical.

Modern psychologists base their theories on observable and repeatable behavioural data, ranging from counts of simple behaviour in animals to verbal reports of emotions and feelings in humans. Thus, practical work in the laboratory or field is an essential part of an education in psychology.

At postgraduate level, the School of Psychology offers the following majors and specialisation areas:

  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA): ABA is a scientific approach to understanding and changing human behaviour and has applications with a wide variety of client groups including those with intellectual and other disabilities, autism spectrum, and childhood-onset behavioural disorders.
  • Industrial, Work & Organisational (IWO) Psychology: This area is concerned with the discovery and application of psychological principles to the workplace in order to maximise performance, productivity and wellbeing of workers and organisations.
  • Clinical Psychology: Clinical Psychology is a broad field of clinical practice and research within the discipline of psychology. The application of Clinical Psychology is aimed at preventing, treating, and reducing emotional and psychological problems, personality issues, psychopathology and skill deficits underlying distress or psychological problems.
  • Speech Science: Speech Science is intended for graduates with an interest in speech related areas. It is relevant to practising Speech Language Therapists with a bachelors degree, and also to those with backgrounds in linguistics, psychology, audiology, engineering, and computer science.



Structure and prerequisites

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

The prerequisite is a major in Psychology and at least 90 points at Stage III including PSYCH 306.




  • At least 60 points from PSYCH 700–762
  • 15 points, subject to approval by the head of school, from 700-level courses in a related subject


Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Psychology

The prerequisite is a major in Psychology, or equivalent.



  • 105 points from PSYCH 691, 700-762
  • 15 points, subject to approval by the Director of School, from approved 600 or 700-level courses in related subjects


Master of Science (MSc) - Psychology

The prerequisite is a BSc(Hons) or PGDipSci in Psychology and PSYCH 306, or equivalent as approved by the head of school.

Requirements: Research Masters


Career opportunities

Many avenues open up to graduates with training in psychology. Registered psychologists work in many aspects of mental health care, and clinical psychology. Jobs are available in the business environment involving the use of psychological tests, statistical analyses, or survey and questionnaire development. Staff recruitment, personnel training and evaluation are also areas which employ a lot of psychology graduates. Research careers can be developed in neural function and cognitive science.


Help and advice

For further information, please refer to the Psychology Postgraduate Handbook or contact:

Science Student Centre
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 87020
Email: pgscience@auckland.ac.nz