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MA - Psychology as a main subject

The Master of Arts involves advanced study in an Arts subject and is intended for those who want to deepen their knowledge of that subject. The degree also includes a substantial component of independent research. The Master of Arts may be taken within the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, School of Arts or the School of Social Sciences.

Psychology is about understanding the behaviour and cognitive processes of people and animals in their physical, social and organisational environment. As a behavioural science, it examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, it focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, it studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science it studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology.

A new 180-point Master of Arts in Psychology is offered from 2024.  Click here for full details

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Key information

Years: 1
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,626 - $9,137 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $35,900 - $40,855 (120 pts)
$53,855 - $61,290 (180 pts)
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD). *Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Clinical or Community Psychologist
  • Community Programme Coordinator
  • Human Resource Adviser
  • Private Practitioner
  • Research Scientist

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the MA, MSc, MSc(Res) and MSocSc

To complete a Master of Arts or Master of Social Sciences in Psychology, students must complete 120 points from approved 500 level papers, including at least 45 points from the papers listed for the subject in List A: Advanced Study of the regulations for the MA or MSocSc.

To complete a Master of Science in Psychology, students admitted to the 120 point MSc, must take 60 points from 500 level Psychology papers and a 60 point dissertation (PSYCH592).

To complete a Master of Science (Research) in Psychology, students must take a 120 point thesis (PSYCH594).

Prescriptions for the MAppPsy

Applications must be received by 1 October of the year prior to enrolment. Students considering enrolment in the Master of Applied Psychology must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, meet the School of Psychology requirements for entry to graduate study. The number of students accepted into the programme is limited.

There are three specified programmes available within the MAppPsy: Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, and Organisational Psychology.

Behaviour Analysis

To complete a MAppPsy in Behaviour Analysis, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points.

Year 1 (120 points)

Compulsory papers: PSYCH538, PSYCH560, PSYCH561, PSYCH577

Recommended papers: PSYCH564, PSYCH575, PSYCH581, PSYCH586

Other optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Behaviour Analysis Programme Convenor.

Year 2 (120 points)

The research component can comprise of, a 60 point dissertation (PSYCH592), 90 point thesis (PSYCH593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYCH594). Where further papers are required these should be selected in consultation with the Behaviour Analysis Programme Convenor.

Community Psychology

To complete a MAppPsy in Community Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points.

Year 1 (120 points)

Compulsory papers: PSYCH511, PSYCH513, PSYCH575, PSYCH582, PSYCH583

Recommended papers: 30 points from optional papers in Anthropology, Development Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Geography, History, Human Development, Political Science, Population Studies and Demography, Psychology, Public Policy, Screen and Media Studies, and Sociology.

Year 2 (120 points)

The research component can comprise of a 60 point dissertation (PSYCH592), 90 point thesis (PSYCH593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYCH594). Where further papers are required optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Community Psychology Programme Convenor.

Organisational Psychology [1]

To complete a MAppPsy in Organisational Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points. A minimum of 180 points must be in Psychology, including the following compulsory papers: 120 point thesis (PSYCH594), on an I/O psychology topic, PSYCH539, PSYCH573, PSYCH579. Plus at least one from: PSYCH581, PSYCH585. The remaining 60 points may be chosen from a relevant, or related discipline, in consultation with the convenor of the programme.

[1] The Master of Applied Psychology in Organisational Psychology is not available for new enrolments in 2024.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ALPSS500Academic & Professional Research & Writing30.024A (Online), 24B (Online) & 24C (Online)
In this course, students will gain the skills and confidence to seamlessly transition from study to work. This course works to enhance the 'skills for the future' identified by the World Economic Forum (2020), in order to produce resilient, creative students with strong analytic and critical thinking skills.
ALPSS590Directed Study30.024X (Hamilton)
This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their major under the guidance of academic staff.
PSYC521Professional Issues in Clinical Practice20.024D (Hamilton)
This first year clinical paper introduces the science and practice of clinical psychology. It is designed to provide an entry into the profession and to understand the history and nature of our field. Students attend weekly case conference and clinical concepts seminars and produce case studies and appropriate documentation of thei...
PSYC522Bicultural Approaches to Clinical Practice20.024D (Hamilton)
This first year clinical paper provides knowledge of bicultural theory and practice in Aotearoa/New Zealand and of the implications of biculturalism for mental health systems. Students attend weekly case conference and clinical concepts seminars and produce case studies and appropriate documentation of their clinical experience.
PSYC523Clinical Practicum 1: Fundamental Clinical Skills20.024A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to enable students in the 2nd year of the clinical psychology program to work sensitively, ethically, competently, culturally appropriately, and effectively in the clinical field. Students attend weekly case conference and clinical concepts seminars and clinical placements.
PSYC524Clinical Practicum 2: Advanced and Specialist Skills20.024B (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to enable students in the 2nd year of the clinical psychology program to work sensitively, ethically, competently, culturally appropriately, and effectively in the clinical field. Students attend weekly case conference and clinical concepts seminars and external placements.
PSYC541Case Study Analysis in Community Psychology40.024X (Hamilton)
This paper contributes to the suite of papers that comprise a supervised internship focused on learning to apply community psychology theories, knowledge and values into practice.
PSYC542Professional Issues in Community Psychology20.024X (Hamilton)
This paper contributes to the suite of papers that comprise a supervised internship focused on learning to apply community psychology theories, knowledge and values into practice.
PSYCH502Community, Culture and Diversity15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper offers students an advanced exploration of the different approaches and actions encompassed within community psychology, and in related fields such as indigenous, clinical and applied social psychologies.
PSYCH511Evaluation Research Design15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper provides a theoretical grounding in programme evaluation, with an emphasis on the evaluation of programmes in the not-for-profit sector. Emphasis is placed on qualitative methods, collaborative approaches and evaluation as a strategy of incremental social change.
PSYCH513Evaluation Research Analysis30.024X (Block)
This paper provides an introduction to evaluation praxis with a major focus on completing a small scale evaluation of a social service or health programme. Such roles as consultant, advocate, liaison and technician are part of the skills students experience. Engagement with the client through refining and negotiating an evaluation ...
PSYCH526Clinical Internship: Assessment-Focused30.024I (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
This paper consists of a supervised clinical internship focused on learning basic clinical psychology skills and principles. Students also attend weekly case conference and clinical concepts seminars, and produce case studies and appropriate documentation of their clinical experience.
PSYCH527Clinical Internship: Treatment-Focused30.024I (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
This paper consists of a supervised clinical internship focused on learning basic clinical psychology skills and principles. Students also attend weekly case conference and clinical concepts seminars, and produce case studies and appropriate documentation of their clinical experience.
PSYCH536Eyewitness Memory, Psychological Science and the Law15.024A (Hamilton)
In this course, we learn about the legal system; the impact of eyewitness testimony; wrongful convictions; perceiving and remembering real world events, and common myths about memory that pervade our legal system and the opinions of the general public.
PSYCH538Applications of Behaviour Analysis15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online)
This paper focuses on the implementation of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in practice. Behavioural interventions and programmes, including common manualised interventions, will be reviewed. The objective is to identify critical components and essential practical skills, and to provide opportunity to practice these skills. Implem...
PSYCH539Graduate Research Methods in Psychology15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper will give students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills base in research methods in Psychology. Its focus is in assisting students to understand, critique and conduct and report on research in experimental and quasi-experimental designs, multivariate/correlational designs, meta-analysis, and this paper w...
PSYCH543The Practice of Community Psychology60.024X (Hamilton)
This paper contributes to the suite of papers that comprise a supervised internship focused on learning to apply community psychology theories, knowledge and values into practice.
PSYCH545Special Topic: The WTF seminar: Facts, Fiction, Fake news15.024A (Hamilton)
Can the world no longer distinguish among fact, fiction, and fake news? Join us—calibrate your WTF detector, explain why a claim is wrong, and help someone else understand too.
PSYCH551Case Study Analysis in Applied Psychology ABA45.024D (Hamilton) & 24D (Online)
This 45-point course teaches students to critically analyse and apply theoretical knowledge of behaviour analysis to psychological practice within a science-practitioner model, aiming to develop effective and culturally sensitive practitioners.
PSYCH552Ethical Issues in Psychology (ABA)15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
This 15-point course provides the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills concerning ethical issues in the professional practice in Psychology, specifically in applied behaviour analysis.
PSYCH553The Practice of Psychology ABA60.024X (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYCH555Environmental Psychology15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
Provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge in Environmental Psychology, the study of the transaction between humans and their natural and built environments.
PSYCH560Applied Behaviour Analysis: Theory and Issues15.024B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online)
This paper closely examines the conceptual and philosophical foundations of behaviour analysis: Commonly accepted behavioural concepts and principles are reexamined. The paper aims to help students understand current thinking in behavioural psychology, and how this intersects with other subfields of psychology. It has a strong focu...
PSYCH561Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
This course provides an in-depth introduction to the conceptual foundations and core principles of behaviour analysis, including research and theory related to the concepts of reinforcement, extinction, stimulus control, derived stimulus relations, and motivating operations.
PSYCH562Theories of Psychotherapy15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper surveys the prominent systems of therapy in order to provide students with knowledge of how each type of therapeutic school conceptualizes the processes used to describe personal problems, relevant change mechanisms, and treatment modalities. Students are encouraged to develop knowledge of an integrative model to use as ...
PSYCH564Developmental Psychopathology15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper considers research on major childhood syndromes including conduct disorder, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adolescent problems and childhood anxiety.
PSYCH575Kaupapa Māori Psychology15.024A (Hamilton)
Students develop a critical understanding of Kaupapa Maori psychology, and how it is sensitive to context, conscious of history and responsive to multiple ways of knowing and being in the world. This paper will cover topics relevant to students who wish to work and research as psychologists in applied settings. Topics covered inclu...
PSYCH577Single Subject Research Design15.024A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online)
This course covers research methodologies used in the field of behaviour analysis, including collection of data, experimental design, data presentation and analysis, and interpretation and reporting of research findings.
PSYCH579Applying Psychology to Work15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to help students develop a critical awareness of psychological contributions to how our work and workplaces are designed. It will develop student knowledge of how psychology can be used to understand work behaviour and relationships, create more efficient workplaces and protect employee safety, as well as enh...
PSYCH580The Psychology of Crime and Criminality: Research and Practice15.024B (Hamilton)
This paper builds on the introduction to the psychology of crime and criminality provided by FPSYC502. Drawing on foundational knowledge from that paper, we critique relevant research, and consider how to apply it to prevent crime, particularly in correctional contexts.
PSYCH581Psychological Assessment15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the selection, administration, scoring and interpretation of a range of psychological and behavioural assessments that are commonly used in New Zealand. The paper is targeted to students intending to pursue further study to become a registered psychologist.
PSYCH582Community Health Psychology15.024X (Block)
This paper provides an introduction to community health psychology and the theoretical and practical dilemmas faced by psychologists working with participative approaches within the health arena.
PSYCH583Foundations of Community Psychology15.024X (Block)
This paper emphasises the application of community psychology in Aotearoa/New Zealand, especially in relation to its emergence as a bicultural nation. Students are strongly recommended to also enrol in PSYCH575, which deals specifically with the Treaty of Waitangi.
PSYCH586Behaviour Analysis Practicum30.024D (Online)
This 30-point course provides the opportunity to gain practical clinical skills by administering a criterion-referenced assessment tool, the VB-MAPP, in an applied setting with a client.
PSYCH591Honours Research Project30.024D (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PSYCH592Dissertation60.024X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PSYCH593Psychology Thesis90.024X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PSYCH594Psychology Thesis120.024X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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Graduate study options

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology (180-point Masters)

Master of Science (Research) in Psychology

Master of Applied Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical)

Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology


There are many different pathways you can take when choosing Psychology as a career - for example, Community Psychology, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural Psychology or Clinical Psychology.

It's important to have your pathway in mind when you select your third-year papers, so talk to academic staff for recommendations or work with one of our student advisors - they can ensure that you select the right combination of papers to pursue your interest.


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Contacts

School of Psychology
Phone: +64 7 838 4136
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.waikato.ac.nz/psychology/
Location: Hamilton Campus, K block, Level 1, Room  K.1.12
Office hours: 8.30am to 4.00pm

School of Science
Phone: 0800 924 528 or +64 7 838 4625
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Website: sci.waikato.ac.nz
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