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. You will study how people interact with the environment, and with others, and how personal, biological, social and environmental factors influence behaviour.
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.
Our 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 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 learn interpersonal skills, plus an overview of psychology and its theories and applications. The basic elements of research in psychology are also presented.
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
You learn to critically evaluate and interpret psychological research, and learn basic processes underlying thinking and memory. Other study areas include: personality and self-concept, social interaction and how people behave in groups, and how the brain influences behaviour. Discover the causes and treatments of psychological disorders, as well as learning how to assess different psychological conditions.
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 flexibly, ethically and critically in the context of professional practice, gain advanced research skills and learn to apply these in the field of your choice: health psychology; biopsychology; applied behaviour analysis; psychology in the workplace; as well as different approaches to psychological treatments and the exciting new 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 applied mental health or health promotion in the Bachelor of Health Science within a 3-year period.
Prospective employers often seek psychology graduates with a combination of skills. Traditionally, up to 85 percent of students who are awarded a degree in psychology work in public contact positions such as a: market researcher; family support worker; policy advisor or analyst; social worker; career advisor; communications co-ordinator; police officier; or youth worker. Further study is required to be a registered psychologist.
You can choose to study the degree without a health major:
Or you can choose one of our clinical degree areas: