Psychology is the science of behaviour. It is a broad and exciting discipline encompassing a range of scientific and theoretical approaches to studying and understanding behaviour. If you study psychology you explore how people interact with the environment, and with others, and how personal, biological, social and environmental factors influence behaviour.
Through this psychology degree, you will develop a broad understanding of psychological research and theory, and understand the ethical and legal issues in health practice and research. You will learn research skills, develop critical thinking skills, be able to conduct, report and present research, and learn to integrate and present information from diverse perspectives.
AUT psychology graduates are very competitive in the employment market because of their unique combination of sophisticated understanding of scientific research and analysis and key interpersonal and interviewing skills. This includes key research, questionnaire design and analysis skills that are particularly valued in marketing, social research and policy analysis and development roles.
Below is a summary only. For a comprehensive overview of this psychology qualification, please refer to the Academic Calendar
You learn about human development across the lifespan, human body systems, health and environment and how to promote health. In Semester 2, you study a broad overview of psychology and its research, theory and application, and further develop your interpersonal skills.
Papers (core or compulsory)
555101 Lifespan Development and Communication
555201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
555301 Knowledge, Inquiry and Communication
555401 Health and Environment OR 555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment
556104 Health Promotion OR 527872 Māori Health Promotion
565603 Introduction to Psychology A
565604 Introduction to Psychology B
565605 Introductory Research Methods
This year focuses on core content in more depth. Depending on your specific pathway you will do some or all the psychology papers in abnormal psychology, brain and behaviour, cognitive psychology, personality, psychological assessment and social psychology.
Papers (core or compulsory)
286108 Cognitive Psychology
556301 Methods of Research and Enquiry
557221 Health Law and Policy
566508 Social Psychology
566604 Psychological Assessment
566605 Personality OR 286103 Individuals and Identities
566420 Abnormal Psychology
566609 Brain and Behaviour
You will learn to think ethically and critically in the context of professional psychology practice, choosing psychology papers of specific interest to your future career prospects. You develop advanced research skills and learn to apply these in the field of your choice: health psychology, bio-psychology, applied behaviour analysis and psychology in the workplace. You also learn about different approaches to psychological treatments and the exciting field of positive psychology.
557224 Professional Practice and Ethics
And 4 psychology elective papers and 3 other elective papers approved by the Programme Leader
Students who wish to seek careers with a Māori development perspective should select the following 4 papers as electives or as an alternative course of study.
555339 Māori Health, Development and Environment (instead of 555401 Health and Environment)
527872 Māori Health Promotion
567431 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health
567417 Utlising Supervision in Practice
We will support Te Ara Hauora Māori students form relationships with Māori health providers, industry stakeholders and communities, and AUT Māori staff and students.
A conjoint programme of study enables you to study 2 degrees at the same time and complete the 2 in less time than if you did them separately. You need to maintain a minimum grade average of B to continue in a conjoint programme. Graduates trained in the understanding of human psychology, as well as the skills of business and marketing, will be superbly equipped to pursue a range of careers, for example: advertising; employee efficiency; recruitment and training; management; and sales. You can study the Bachelor of Business & Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology conjoint degree
This Psychology major can also be completed as a double major with Health Promotion in the Bachelor of Health Science within a 3-year period.
Psychological knowledge can be applied to any government, health and social services role, such as immigration, policy analysis, housing, rehabilitation, probation, and community development. Psychological knowledge is also valued in customer service, human resources, and management development programmes. Psychology graduates also have key research, questionnaire design and analysis skills that are valued
in marketing, social research and policy analysis and development areas.
Registration as a professional psychologist involves further postgraduate study. AUT offers a pathway to registration as a counselling psychologist.
You can choose to study the degree without a health major:
Or you can choose to major in one of the following specialised areas:
Or you can choose one of our clinical degree areas: