Undergraduate study in Psychology

What can you study in Psychology?

Psychology is concerned with aspects of how humans think, feel and behave.

One important area is the brain and how it works. You can try to understand how people respond to everyday and unusual situations, such as work environments, illness and other stressful life events. You can also examine why individuals have different personalities and intelligence levels, and why some people suffer from mental health disorders.

As part of your study of Psychology you will undertake practical work in the laboratory or field.

Psychology could be especially useful combined with Anthropology, Education, Linguistics, Māori Studies, Sociology or Employment Relations and Organisation Studies.

Undergraduate programmes in Psychology

You can study Psychology as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Psychology will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

Entry into Stage I Psychology courses

To be able to enrol in Stage I Psychology courses you will need to meet the following selection criteria.

  • Domestic school leavers require an NCEA rank score of at least 165, a CIE rank score of 170 or an IB rank score of 26.
  • Returning University of Auckland students require a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Students transferring from other tertiary institutions require a GPE of at least 2.5, based on the most recent full-time year of tertiary study.
  • International students must meet the above criteria, depending on their entrance category.

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Psychology as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Psychology. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Psychology

For help with degree planning

Get in touch with the Arts Students' Centre.