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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


Manawatu Campus


Specialise in Psychology for your Bachelor of Arts at Massey

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’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.

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.

A Bachelor of Arts in Psychology is a good fit if you:

are interested in people, thoughts, feelings and behaviour

want a career devoted to human welfare.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University. To be admitted to an undergraduate qualification, you will need a minimum level of academic achievement from school, or another university or tertiary institution.

Specific requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for Massey's BA (Psychology), outside of university admission regulations.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.0 overall and minimum 5.5 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT - Overall score 80, minimum 19 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 4 (Academic)
  • PTE - 50 overall and minimum 42 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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