Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

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Regulations

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Entry requirements

All students must have a university entrance qualification. 

Expected high school preparation

No specific subjects needed

Other recommended high school preparation

Knowledge gained in the following NCEA subject (or equivalent) will help you study in this major but is not essential.

  • At least 16 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics from the following list of standards: 91256, 91257, 91258, 91259, 91260, 91261, 91262, 91269

If it’s some time since you have studied Mathematics at school you can find out if you have the required background by taking this maths quiz.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Bachelor of Science (Psychology) structure

To plan your study and see what courses are necessary to complete your degree please see below for a simplified plan.  Full regulations for the BSc should also be viewed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page.  The regulations page will also outline course prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you.

All Bachelor of Science students will take a selection of compulsory courses throughout the degree.  The first year structure, is designed to provide students with a broad knowledge and skill set which will equip them to go on to more advanced courses in the 2nd and 3rd years.

Requirements

At Massey a credit system is used for our degrees. To complete a Bachelor of Science the following is required:

  • Total of 360 credits completed. That’s 24 courses of 15 credits each
  • Completion of at least one major, consisting of 60 credits at 200 level and 60 credits at 300 level
  • A maximum of 165 credits at 100 level
  • A minimum of 75 credits must be from 300-level courses

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Courses

Auckland

100-level courses

Take these in any order:
247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
124.103 Biophysical Principles or 160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.104 Introductory Mathematics for Science or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science

Recommended 100-level elective:
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science

Plus choose three 100 level elective courses. One of these electives must be from the BSc Schedule A courses.  The remaining two electives can be from a subject area other than Science.

Students must pass at least 90 credits from the BSc Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science.

200-level courses in the major

175.203 Introduction to Psychological Research

And take three from:
175.201 Social Psychology
175.205 Brain and Behaviour
175.206 Memory and Cognition
175.210 Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology

300-level courses in the major

Take four from:
175.301 Community Psychology
175.302  Abnormal and Therapeutic Psychology
175.303  The Practice of Psychological Research
175.304  The Psychology of Security
175.306  Assessment of Individual Differences
175.309  Forensic Psychology
175.311  Psychology of Women
175.316  Evolution, Culture and Mind
175.317  Health Psychology
175.318  Experimental Psychology
175.343  Personnel Psychology and Career Development
175.345  Organisational Psychology

To check course offerings, prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, search the course code in the Course Search.

When choosing electives, ensure you meet the BSc regulations by having at least 240 credits from the BSc schedule of courses, at least 75 credits at 300 level, and no more than 165 credits at 100 level.

For Pre-2020 BSc Programme Transition Regulations refer to Schedule C in the BSc Regulations.

The BSc Regulations page can be accessed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page. 

Manawatū

100-level courses

Take these in any order:
247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
124.103 Biophysical Principles or 160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.104 Introductory Mathematics for Science or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science

Recommended 100 level elective:
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science

Plus choose three 100 level elective courses. One of these electives must be from the BSc Schedule A courses.  The remaining two electives can be from a subject area other than Science.

Students must pass at least 90 credits from the BSc Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science.

200-level courses in the major

175.203 Introduction to Psychological Research

And take three from:
175.201 Social Psychology
175.205 Brain and Behaviour
175.206 Memory and Cognition
175.210 Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology

300-level courses in the major

Take four from:
175.301 Community Psychology
175.302  Abnormal and Therapeutic Psychology
175.303  The Practice of Psychological Research
175.304  The Psychology of Security
175.306  Assessment of Individual Differences
175.309  Forensic Psychology
175.311  Psychology of Women
175.316  Evolution, Culture and Mind
175.317  Health Psychology
175.318  Experimental Psychology
175.343  Personnel Psychology and Career Development
175.345  Organisational Psychology

To check course offerings, prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, search the course code in the Course Search.

When choosing electives, ensure you meet the BSc regulations by having at least 240 credits from the BSc schedule of courses, at least 75 credits at 300 level, and no more than 165 credits at 100 level.

For Pre-2020 BSc Programme Transition Regulations refer to Schedule C in the BSc Regulations.

The BSc Regulations page can be accessed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page. 

Distance

100-level courses to take

Take these in any order:
247.113 Science and Sustainability for Science
161.111 Applied Statistics or 161.122 Statistics
124.103 Biophysical Principles or 160.101 Calculus or 160.102 Algebra or 160.104 Introductory Mathematics for Science or 160.105 Methods of Mathematics
175.102 Psychology as a Natural Science

Recommended 100 level elective:
175.101 Psychology as a Social Science

Plus choose three 100 level elective courses. One of these electives must be from the BSc Schedule A courses.  The remaining two electives can be from a subject area other than Science.

Students must pass at least 90 credits from the BSc Schedule A, including any compulsory courses, in their first 120 credits of study towards the Bachelor of Science.

200-level courses in the major

175.203 Introduction to Psychological Research

And take three from:
175.201 Social Psychology
175.205 Brain and Behaviour
175.206 Memory and Cognition
175.210 Ngā Tirohanga Rua o te Taha Hinengaro: Bicultural Perspectives in Psychology

300-level courses in the major

Take four from:
175.301 Community Psychology
175.302  Abnormal and Therapeutic Psychology
175.303  The Practice of Psychological Research
175.304  The Psychology of Security
175.306  Assessment of Individual Differences
175.309  Forensic Psychology
175.311  Psychology of Women
175.316  Evolution, Culture and Mind
175.317  Health Psychology
175.318  Experimental Psychology
175.343  Personnel Psychology and Career Development
175.345  Organisational Psychology

To check course offerings, prerequisites, co-requisites and restrictions that may affect you, search the course code in the Course Search.

When choosing electives, ensure you meet the BSc regulations by having at least 240 credits from the BSc schedule of courses, at least 75 credits at 300 level, and no more than 165 credits at 100 level.

For Pre-2020 BSc Programme Transition Regulations refer to Schedule C in the BSc Regulations.

The BSc Regulations page can be accessed by clicking on the “view regulations” button on this page. 

Minors

A 'minor' is a group of at least four courses from a defined major's course schedule, including at least one course at high level. Some BSc minors that are particularly compatible with psychology include those shown below. Timetabling will prioritise these combinations to minimise clashes.

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