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MSc(Research) - Psychology as a main subject

The Master of Science (Research) is an internationally-recognised qualification, suitable for students who want a complete research experience, coupled with taught papers.

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.


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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Points: 120 - 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,840 - $8,650 per year
Estimated Fees* (International): $35,980 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*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

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
PSYC521Professional Issues in Clinical Practice20.022D (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 Practice20.022D (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 Skills20.022A (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 Skills20.022B (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 Psychology40.022X (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 Psychology20.022X (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.
PSYC551Case Study Analysis in Applied Psychology ABA40.022D (Hamilton) & 22D (Online)
Students learn to apply behavioural theory and research to specific issues faced in practice, develop evidence-based interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of psychological interventions.
PSYC552Professional Issues in Psychology ABA20.022D (Hamilton) & 22D (Online)
Students develop an in-depth understanding of ethical principles and other professional issues in the practice of behavioural psychology, including cultural competency requirements and familiarity with relevant ethical codes and guidelines.
PSYCH511Evaluation Research Design15.022A (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 Analysis30.022X (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-Focused30.022I (Hamilton) & 22X (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-Focused30.022I (Hamilton) & 22X (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.
PSYCH535Traumatic Memories15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper examines topical issues in traumatic memory and repression by drawing on theory and research in psychological science.
PSYCH538Applications of Behaviour Analysis15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (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 Psychology15.022A (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 Psychology60.022X (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: Psychological Science and the Next Pandemic15.022A (Hamilton)
Psychological Science could have helped societies predict and address problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic: conspiracy theories; the spread of misinformation; vaccine hesitancy; failures to remember contacts or to scan a QR code; rates of PTSD or “PreTSD,” which arises when people imagine traumatic events in their future...
PSYCH553The Practice of Psychology ABA60.022X (Hamilton)
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PSYCH555Environmental Psychology15.022A (Tauranga)
Provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge in Environmental Psychology, the study of the transaction between humans and their natural and built environments.
PSYCH556Advanced Topics in Adult Mental Health and Well Being15.022A (Hamilton)
This paper builds on PSYCH338 and is a core paper for students in the Clinical Diploma Programme. It explores the various manifestations of adult psychopathology and covers the key areas of diagnosis, assessment, treatment and theories of etiology. It also investigates issues associated with psychopathology, such as stigmatisation,...
PSYCH560Applied Behaviour Analysis: Theory and Issues15.022B (Hamilton) & 22B (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 Principles15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (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 Psychotherapy15.022B (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 Psychopathology15.022B (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 Psychology15.022A (Hamilton)
Indigenous psychologies are 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 as psychologists in applied settings, in particular, clinical, community and organisational settings and applied psychological r...
PSYCH577Research Methods in Behaviour Analysis15.022A (Hamilton) & 22A (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 Work15.022B (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 Criminal Conduct15.022B (Hamilton)
Over recent years correctional psychology has been developing into a specialised discipline with strong career paths for clinicians and researchers. This paper is designed to introduce individuals to the theory and practice of psychology applied to the analysis, prevention, assessment, and treatment of criminal behaviour.
PSYCH581Psychological Assessment15.022A (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 Psychology15.022X (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 Psychology15.022X (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.
PSYCH587Behaviour Analysis Practicum15.022D (Online)
This paper focuses on the knowledge and skills required for practitioners and academics in behaviour analysis working in applied settings. Students will gain this knowledge and these skills in the context of a practical project in a community setting. This will involve conducting a behavioural assessment to identify intervention ne...
PSYCH588Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online), 22B (Tauranga), 22H (Hamilton), 22H (Online) & 22H (Tauranga)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
PSYCH589Directed Study15.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Online), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Online), 22B (Tauranga), 22H (Hamilton), 22H (Online) & 22H (Tauranga)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
PSYCH590Directed Study30.022A (Hamilton), 22A (Tauranga), 22B (Hamilton), 22B (Tauranga), 22D (Hamilton), 22D (Tauranga), 22H (Hamilton) & 22H (Tauranga)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
PSYCH591Honours Dissertation30.022D (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PSYCH592Dissertation60.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PSYCH593Psychology Thesis90.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PSYCH594Psychology Thesis120.022X (Hamilton) & 22X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

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Master of Science in Psychology

Master of Social Sciences in Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology

With an approved programme of study the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology can also lead to the following programmes:

Master of Applied Psychology

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical)

Please contact the school to discuss your plans with an academic staff member before finalising your programme of study.


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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.


Contacts

School of Psychology
Phone: 07 838 4032
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