UniversityUniversity of Auckland
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Level of Study
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
University of Auckland
The BA takes three years to complete if you are studying full time.
You will choose two BA subjects as your two majors (your "double major"). You will take eight courses (120 points) in each major. This includes at least three courses (45 points) at Stage III in each major.
At least half your courses (12 courses or 180 points) must be above Stage I level. The courses for your majors are included in this total.
As well as your majors, you will take elective courses in other subjects. You must study at least three BA subjects (including your majors).
You can choose to take one or two optional modules instead of elective courses. A module is a group of three courses (45 points) that focuses on a specific skill or area of knowledge to benefit or inform future careers.
You will complete two General Education courses. You can also include up to two courses (30 points) from other degree programmes.
In your first year you will probably take eight courses: four in semester one and four in semester two. A typical pattern would be to take two courses in each of three BA subjects, choose one course in a fourth BA subject, and take a General Education course. This gives you an opportunity to explore your interests and discover your strengths.
Psychology is a fascinating and wide-ranging subject that varies from a scientific to more personal approach. Psychologists create theories based on data, analysing simple behaviour – from that observed in animals to the more complex verbal emotional responses of people. Psychology can be strongly theoretical or highly practical.
Research in the School of Psychology is focused in areas such as social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, child development, learning, and psychological and developmental disabilities. Laboratory or field work is an important part of psychology, and you will develop practical skills in these areas.
You’ll love studying Psychology if you want more understanding of how people (and sometimes animals) think, feel and behave. This program also available in Faculty of Science.
Where can Psychology take you?
Psychology is a versatile subject that can take you into many different career paths. You could work in the fields of mental health, research, industry and marketing, education or counselling. Alternatively you can work within a business environment that uses psychological tests, statistical analyses, or survey and questionnaire development. Furthermore, staff recruitment, human resources, personnel training and evaluation are areas in which a lot of psychology graduates are employed. Research careers can be developed in neural function and cognitive science.
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Further study options:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Master of Arts
Master of Conflict and Terrorism Studies
Master of Indigenous Studies
Master of Public Policy
Secondary school qualifications:
You need to have one of the following:
International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum total score of 24.
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level. You must have completed a minimum of three A-Level subjects.
GCE ‘A’ Level requirements apply to ‘A’ Level qualifications examined by bodies such as AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, CCEA and Pearson Education Limited taken outside of New Zealand.
IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5; Internet based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 60 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of C-; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.