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Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Graduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Auckland Campus


Specialise in Psychology for your Graduate Diploma in Arts at Massey

A Massey Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology) is a bridging tool for graduates in other subjects to get the equivalent of a major in psychology.

Get a broad understanding of psychology

You’ll 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. You’ll learn about the natural, social and biological sides of psychology. You’ll also gain skills in research methods and applications of psychology.

You’ll 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 graduate diploma in psychology will equip you with valuable transferable skills. This includes research, analysis, communication, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

Internationally recognised and market-leading in New Zealand

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. We produce unique and applied psychology research and training that’s recognised nationally and internationally. This expertise enhances the reputation of your degree and ensures your knowledge is relevant to today’s society.

Further study

Once you have completed your Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology) you can then apply for postgraduate studies in psychology if you wish.

A Graduate Diploma in Arts in Psychology is a good fit if you:

are interested in the psychology of why people do the things they do

want a career where you can make a difference

want to understand what is going on in the wider world.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Arts (Psychology) you will have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

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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