Bachelor of Arts


Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour. As most career roles involve dealing directly with people, there are distinct advantages to understanding why people behave as they do. Management, teaching, health promotion, human resource management, social services and community development are just some examples of careers that are enhanced by knowledge of psychology.
  • At AUT University, you learn psychology and then apply your understanding to real situations.
  • Includes a cooperative education paper in Year 3 - a work placement in a community organisation or business setting where you will put some of the theory you have learned to practical use.
  • The Psychology major provides a foundation in all the main areas of psychology, including developmental, personality, clinical and social psychology.
  • It takes a hands-on approach and provides you with research, assessment and intervention skills.
  • Can also provide the foundation for postgraduate studies that are required for registration as a psychologist.
  • While most papers are available at AUT’s City Campus, some papers are taught at AUT’s North Shore Campus. Students will need to commute between the two campuses occasionally.

Structure and content

Aside from gaining a solid theoretical understanding of psychology and its applications, you will learn:

  • How to conduct scientific research in psychology
  • Statistical analyses and interpreting data

You will acquire additional skills throughout the programme depending on which study path they choose. Some of these skills are:

  • Psychological assessment skills
  • How to intervene in a professional setting

View the Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) pathway pdf icon

Throughout the three years of the BA, you take core papers that provide the necessary skills in writing, research and IT capability to prepare them for academic work and their working life.

The Co-operative Education paper — gives you an opportunity to apply the knowledge you have acquired throughout your psychology degree in a workplace.

The Research Project allows students to design, conduct, and report on real research.

For a list of core papers see the Bachelor of Arts overview.

The study of psychology at the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy looks at psychology within the context of our society; the places where we live and work. You can also study psychology as part of the Bachelor of Health Science.

Core papers
145713  Writing
146734  Communicating
285104  Research and Analysis
287901  Co-operative Education
955203  Communication and Presentation Systems

Psychology papers
PSYC580  Introduction to Psychology A
555101  Psychology and Lifespan Development

565604  Introduction to Psychology B

PSYC680  Individuals and Identities
286108  Cognitive Psychology

286501  The Nature of Psychological Enquiry

566508  Social Psychology

566420  Abnormal Psychology

566604  Psychological Assessment

566605  Personality

566609  Brain and Behaviour

287002  Emotions and Human Nature

287208  Critical Issues in Cultural and Social Psychology

287300  Research Project

467853  Contemporary Themes in Organisational Behaviour

567425  Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis

567602  Critical Evaluation in Psychology

567603  Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis II

567604  Biopsychology

567605  Positive Psychology

567606  Health Psychology

567610  Approaches to Psychological Intervention

Industry connections

AUT University has links in psychology with:

Career opportunities

Psychologists are professionals who have completed undergraduate studies in psychology, followed by postgraduate qualifications in a particular specialist area of professional practice in psychology. Careers include:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Counselling psychologist
  • Organisational psychologist
  • Forensic psychologist
  • Child or educational psychologist

Psychology will also provide students with greater depth in their chosen discipline if they are interested in the following careers:

  • Management
  • Public relations
  • Marketing and communications
  • Community development
  • Public health promotion
  • Career and employment counselling
  • Politics
  • Teaching and training

Psychology students on City Campus

Last updated: 24-Feb-2015 11.12am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.