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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Note: Not all courses are available at all campuses
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Understand more about yourself and others

Massey’s BA (Psychology) will help you explore how the brain works, and understand how we think, behave and make decisions.

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What is it like?

With a Massey BA (Psychology) you will explore the thoughts, feelings and actions of individuals and groups in a social and cultural context.

Psychology will help you make sense of the human impact on the world in which we live. At Massey, you can choose from a wide range of courses that reflect the diversity of psychology. You’ll learn about the natural, social and biological side as well as research methods and applications of psychology.

Psychology combines:

  • natural science, focusing on perception, cognition, learning and the biological bases of behaviour;
  • social science, dealing with emotions, individual differences, behaviour and relationships and the wider social context.

You will ask questions such as:

  • How do people perceive, learn, think, develop, behave and relate to each other?
  • How does the structure of the brain affect behaviour?
  • What makes people different from each other?
  • How does being in groups affect people’s behaviours; how do social groups affect what we do?
  • How do factors like culture, gender, poverty and mental illness affect the way we think and behave?

A psychology degree will equip you with valuable transferable skills including research, analysis, communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

Market-leading in New Zealand, recognised internationally

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 strength and expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.

Applied learning opportunities for undergraduates

While most universities wait until postgraduate study to offer applied learning, we introduce this in the final year of your degree. We have a broad selection of courses across areas including forensic, experimental and community psychology that demonstrate how foundational skills can be applied. This better prepares you for further study and gives you a taste for where you might like to specialise.

Massey is ranked in the world’s top 250 universities for psychology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in people, thoughts, feelings and behaviour
  • Want a career devoted to human welfare
Diane Koti
Bachelor of Arts

“My BA qualification enables a future with better employment options…”

My time spent completing my Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and minors in Maori Studies and Social Anthropology has been beneficial in many aspects and I have achieved more than a university qualification. I’ve had the opportunity to live the university experience and meet like-minded students who have become life-long friends. My BA qualification also enables a future with better employment options thus benefiting my whanau.

My tertiary journey has required compromises. However, in the long-term the benefits will be worth it, so much so that I have continued with my studies and I am currently completing a master’s degree in psychology.

"E tipu, e rea, mo nga ra o tou ao; ko to ringa ki nga rakau a te Pakeha hei ara mo to tinana, ko to ngakau ki nga taonga a o tupuna Maori hei tikitiki mo to mahuna; ko to wairua ki to atua, nana nei nga mea katoa." - Sir Apirana Ngata.


A major in psychology can provide knowledge and skills relevant to a broad selection of applied psychology areas including clinical, health, education, community, industrial and organisational psychology. These diverse options mean you can study what you are most passionate about and carry that passion forward into your career.

The knowledge of human behaviour and interactions that you will gain from a BA (Psychology) will be useful in many careers including:

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

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