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Undergraduate major in Psychology

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.

Psychology is available as a major in both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Students in both the BA and the BSc can take the same courses, but BA students should check the BA programme requirements for their Psychology major.




Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Psychology major

First or single major must include:

Second major:

Note: Students intending to continue to postgraduate level in Psychology should consult the School of Psychology postgraduate entry requirements, as some postgraduate degrees have specific entry requirements.

Visit the School of Psychology postgraduate information page.

Stage I courses

Stage I courses aim to give both a broad introduction to the various fields of emphasis within modern psychology and an understanding of the scientific method as it is applied to these fields. Even if students complete only one of the introductory courses, they should have a good idea of the content and methods of Psychology.

Two Stage I courses, PSYCH 108 and PSYCH 109 must be passed in order to proceed to Stage II.

Note: Students must pass a Stage I Statistics course to major in Psychology.

Plan your degree with our Psychology planner


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, refer to the Psychology Undergraduate Handbook or contact the Stage I/Undergraduate Advisers for Psychology.

Staff at the School of Psychology, located on Level 2 of Building 302 (23 Symonds Street), can help you with general enquiries and refer you to on to the relevant academic advisors.

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88557
Email: scifac@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.psych.auckland.ac.nz


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