Psychology Major - Bachelor of Health Science

Study the Psychology major in the Bachelor of Health Science degree and gain a broad understanding of psychological research and theory, and related ethical and legal issues.

Psychology is a broad and exciting discipline that covers a range of approaches to studying and understanding behaviour. Explore how people interact with the environment and each other, and how personal, biological, social and environmental factors influence behaviour. You develop research and critical thinking skills, and learn to integrate and present information from diverse perspectives.

AUT psychology graduates are sought after because of their understanding of scientific research, and key interpersonal and interviewing skills.


This is part of the Bachelor of Health Science.

Start date: 2019

Year 1

Semester 1 papers

You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

Semester 2 papers

Plus one elective paper. Elective papers need to be approved by your programme leader.


*This paper is available for a Certificate of Proficiency Application

Year 2

Papers you study

Plus one elective paper. Elective papers need to be approved by your programme leader.


*This paper is available for a Certificate of Proficiency Application

Year 3

You learn to think ethically and critically in the context of professional psychology practice. You should choose psychology papers relevant to your future career prospects. You develop advanced research skills and learn to apply these in the field of your choice.

Papers you study

And four psychology elective papers  chosen  from the following list:

And two other elective papers approved by your programme leader

Te ara hauora Māori health papers

There’s a growing need for health professionals to work with Māori. That’s why you can include Māori health papers as part of your study and develop the skills to work more effectively with Māori, an essential skill in the diverse health sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Through these papers you gain access to Māori networks and become comfortable working with whānau and Māori communities. We encourage all students to include at least one Māori health paper. You don’t need to know te reo to enrol in the Māori health papers.

  • Government, health and social services roles
  • Customer service
  • Human resources
  • Management development programmes.
  • Marketing
  • Policy analysis and development
  • Psychologist*
  • Social research

*Registration as a professional psychologist requires postgraduate study. AUT offers a pathway to registration as a counselling psychologist.

Find out more about industry trends, job descriptions and what employers may be looking for.

Psychology Careers

Broaden your options

You can combine the Psychology major with a Bachelor of Business or the Health Promotion major in the Bachelor of Health Science:

Study a minor as part of your degree

Psychology students are encouraged to include a minor as part of their degree. Minors particularly suited include Analytics, Applied Mathematics, Business Management, Computer Science, Criminology, Health Promotion, Human Resource Management and Employment Relations, and Māori Development.

Other majors in the Bachelor of Health Science

Key features
  • Can open up a wide range of career options
  • Focus on scientific analysis, and key interpersonal and interviewing skills
  • Combine this major with the Health Promotion major, a minor or a Bachelor of Business
  • Offered at the North Campus
  • Part-time study options available
See yourself as
  • Interested in human behaviour
  • Interested in research
  • Able to relate to a range of people
  • Patient, adaptable and observant
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The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.