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Widely regarded as the centre of Applied Psychology in New Zealand, Psychology at Waikato offers numerous study options for those keen to pursue this remarkable discipline.

From analysing the reasons for anger to considering the best way to train dogs, the study of Psychology allows insight into countless intriguing facets of cognitive function.

At Waikato, we offer plenty of flexibility to adapt learning to suit your desired focus. Psychology can be taken as a major for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Science - unlike any other university in New Zealand.

As a social science, Psychology focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, Psychology studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science, Psychology studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology at Waikato, as is animal behaviour and welfare.

Areas of study at Waikato include Animal Behaviour, Behaviour Analysis, Clinical Animal Behaviour, Clinical Psychology, Community, Kaupapa Māori and Applied Social Psychology, Health and Mental Health Services and Organisational Psychology.

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Key information

Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
Faculties:

Career opportunities

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

Prescriptions for the Dip(SocSc) GradDip(GradDipPsych) and GradCert(Psych)

A Diploma in Social Sciences, Graduate Diploma and a Graduate Certificate are available to graduates who have not included Psychology at an advanced level in their first degree.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Psych), PGDip(Psych), BA(Hons), BSc(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA, MSc, MSc(Research) and MSocSc

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Psychology papers, a student should normally have at least a B average either over 120 points of their Psychology major or over 300 level Psychology papers to a value of 60 points and must have passed PSYC307.

The requirements for admission to masters level study in Psychology are set out in the Faculty and School Handbooks.

Students should choose an appropriate and balanced programme of study from among the options listed in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook. All programmes of study should be devised in consultation with the Chair of School and/or the Graduate Studies Committee.

To complete a BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Psychology, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PSYC591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Psychology. PSYC511, PSYC513, PSYC517, PSYC518, PSYC575, PSYC581, PSYC582 and PSYC583 are not able to be counted towards the BSc(Hons).

Applications for entry to the BA(Hons), BSc(Hons) and BSocSc(Hons) close on the first Monday in December in the year preceding entry. Mid-year enrolments are accepted for the PGDip(Psych) only. Please contact the School of Psychology for further details. Applications for the PGDip(Psych) are accepted right up to the start of each semester.

To complete an MA or MSocSc in Psychology, students must take a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and the equivalent of 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and the equivalent of 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

To complete an MSc in Psychology, students must take either a 120 point thesis and the equivalent of 120 points from approved 500 level papers or a 90 point thesis and the equivalent of 150 points from approved 500 level papers.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(ClinAniBehav), PGDip(ClinAniBehav) and MCAB

Note: The Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate and Master of Clinical Animal Behaviour are not available in 2018.

Prescriptions for the MAppPsy

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

The requirements for admission to masters level study in Psychology are set out in the Faculty and School Handbooks.

Behaviour Analysis

To complete an MAppPsy in Behaviour Analysis, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising the compulsory papers (PSYC538, PSYC560, PSYC561, PSYC577), a 15 or 30 point directed study (PSYC587, PSYC589 or PSYC590) in a relevant area, a 60 point dissertation (PSYC592), 90 point thesis (PSYC593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYC594) and a further 30 to 105 points selected from the optional papers: PSYC559, PSYC564, PSYC575 and PSYC581. In addition students with appropriate academic backgrounds may select an Education paper (eg HDCO510 or HDCO523) or the Biological Sciences paper (BIOL533). Note that PSYC538, PSYC559, PSYC560, PSYC561, PSYC577, PSYC587 and PSYC589 are available both on campus and online. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Behaviour Analysis Programme Convenor.

Community Psychology

To complete an MAppPsy in Community Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising 90 points from the compulsory papers (PSYC511, PSYC513, PSYC575, PSYC582, PSYC583), a 60 point dissertation (PSYC592) or a 90 point thesis (PSYC593) or a 120 point thesis (PSYC594), and 30 to 90 points from optional papers in Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Geography, History, Human Development, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Screen and Media Studies, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Community Psychology Programme Convenor.

Organisational Psychology

To complete an MAppPsy in Organisational Psychology, students must pass the equivalent of 240 points comprising 105 points from the compulsory papers (LBST531 or LBST532, PSYC539, PSYC571, PSYC572, PSYC573, PSYC579, PSYC585), a 90 point thesis (PSYC593), and 45 points from optional papers in Human Resource Management, Labour Studies and Psychology eg HRMG543, HRMG544, HRMG545, PSYC581. Optional papers should be selected in consultation with the Organisational Psychology Programme Convenor.

Students considering enrolment in the MAppPsy must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, meet the School of Psychology requirements for entry into the programme. Applications should be made to the Convenor (indicating one of Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, or Organisational Psychology), MAppPsy, School of Psychology.

Prescriptions for the PGDipPracPsych

A Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology is available to suitably qualified graduates and is designed to meet the requirements for registration as a psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003. The Postgraduate Diploma is awarded endorsed in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, or Organisational Psychology. To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, students must gain 120 points from PSYC531, PSYC532 and PSYC533 for Organisational Psychology, PSYC541, PSYC542 and PSYC543 for Community Psychology, and PSYC551, PSYC552 and PSYC553 for Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Prescriptions for the PGDipPsych(Clin)

Students considering enrolment in the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical) must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements set out in the appropriate regulations, also meet the requirements for entry to the School's graduate programme. Applications must be received by 1 October in the year prior to their enrolment, and should be made to the Secretary, School of Psychology. The number of students accepted into the programme is limited and shortlisted applicants are interviewed in November.

Note: PSYC521, PSYC522, PSYC523, PSYC524, PSYC526 and PSYC527 are only available to students enrolled in the PGDipPsych(Clin).

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality. The requirements for admission to masters level study in Philosophy are set out in the Faculty Handbook.

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter's research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
PSYCH100Brain, Behaviour and Cognition19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper introduces perceptual systems, mechanisms of learning, emotions and motivation, the biological basis of psychology, such as brain structure and functioning, processes underlying behaviour, memory and cognition.
PSYCH101Social Psychology, Health and Well-being19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper will introduce major issues in psychology particularly as they relate to health, wellbeing, mental illness, forensic psychology, lifespan development, and social factors in a range of contexts.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HMDEV240Group Work for Life Transitions19B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces and applies the use of group work skills in various (un)expected life transitions. This paper uses theory from human development, life transitions and group work.
PSYCH202Mauri Ora: Social Psychology of Human Flourishing19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
The paper will examine important conceptual frameworks and theory within social psychology and the social sciences generally. Maori perspectives and exemplars will be a significant emphasis within the paper.
PSYCH203Cognitive Psychology and Development19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This paper will provide students with an overview of current findings and theories of cognitive neuroscience, cognitive development, and cognitive processes such as memory, attention, language, and decision making.
PSYCH204Behavioural Psychology and Perception19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
Students will learn the basic assumptions of the philosophy of behaviourism, the principles of behaviour analysis, and how those principles can be applied to issues of clinical and community importance.
PSYCH205Behavioural Neuroscience19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper offers important content in Behavioural Neuroscience, particular focus on research conducted Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores how physiological processes of the nervous system can interact with behaviour, and as important, how behaviour, cognition and environment may exert their influence on bodily systems
PSYCH211Understanding Psychological Research19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper will cover the basic methodological approaches relevant to psychological and social science research, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and the dissemination of research.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HMDEV340Perspectives on Counselling19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the philosophical, psychological and sociological principles that underpin the aims and methods of the helping professions in general, and counselling in particular.
PSYCH302Community, Culture and Diversity19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are central to community, indigenous and liberation psychologies. Issues covered include inequalities, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability. Key considerations are the broader co...
PSYCH307Psychological Research Methods19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
The paper covers research theory and methods, making students critical consumers of psychological research. It expands on concepts taught in PSYCH211 to build more advanced research skills.
PSYCH314Behaviour Analysis19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This course is intended to give students an understanding of the philosophy of behaviourism, experimental methods used in the study of behaviour, and the application of behavioural principles
PSYCH317Organisational Psychology19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This course offers a general introduction to the psychology of work and organisational behaviour.
PSYCH319Infant and Child Development19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
The objective of this paper is to provide students with an understanding of infants' and children's cognitive, emotional, and social development from a psychological perspective.
PSYCH322Memory and Cognition19A (Hamilton)
Research, theories and principles in memory and cognition, with an emphasis on the applications to real-world problems, such as the overlap of psychology and the law.
PSYCH337Individual Differences and Measurement19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This course will cover measurement issues in psychology, and a range of basic measurement techniques. It will include coverage of theories of intelligence and of personality and their measurement.
PSYCH338Abnormal Psychology19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Tauranga)
This course offers an introduction to the definition, assessment, and treatment of mental disorders.
PSYCH344Positive Psychology19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This paper will cover research in areas such as well-being, flow, personal strength, creativity, innovation, psychological health, resilience and characteristics of positive groups, institutions and organisations.
PSYCH360Special Topic: Introduction to the Psychology of Security and Crime Science19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
This special topic examines topical issues in psychological aspects of security and crime science, by drawing on theory, research and relevant applications in psychological science
PSYCH389Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton), 19S (Online) & 19S (Tauranga)
This paper provides students with a flexible opportunity to undertake an investigation on a specific topic from a psychological perspective.
PSYCH390Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton), 19S (Online) & 19S (Tauranga)
This paper provides students with a flexible opportunity to undertake an investigation on a specific topic from a psychological perspective.
PSYCH399Special Topic19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
Special Topic paper examines topical issues by drawing on theory and research in psychological science.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PSYC521Professional Issues in Clinical Practice19Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYC522Bicultural Approaches to Clinical Practice19Y (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYC523Clinical Practicum 1: Fundamental Clinical Skills19A (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYC524Clinical Practicum 2: Advanced and Specialist Skills19B (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYC526Clinical Internship: Assessment-Focused19C (Hamilton) & 19D (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.
PSYC527Clinical Internship: Treatment-Focused19C (Hamilton) & 19D (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.
PSYC541Case Study Analysis in Community Psychology19C (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYC542Professional Issues in Community Psychology19C (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYC543The Practice of Community Psychology19C (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYC551Case Study Analysis in Applied Psychology ABA19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Online)
No description available.
PSYC552Professional Issues in Psychology ABA19C (Hamilton), 19C (Online) & 19D (Online)
No description available.
PSYC553The Practice of Psychology ABA19C (Hamilton)
No description available.
PSYC590Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton), 19S (Tauranga), 19Y (Hamilton) & 19Y (Tauranga)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the School of Psychology Graduate Handbook.
PSYC592Dissertation19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
PSYC593Psychology Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PSYC594Psychology Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PSYCH511Evaluation Research Design19A (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 Analysis19C (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 ...
PSYCH535Traumatic Memories and Repression19A (Hamilton)
This paper examines topical issues in traumatic memory and repression by drawing on theory and research in psychological science.
PSYCH536Eyewitness Memory, Psychological Science and the Law19A (Hamilton)
This paper examines topical issues in traumatic memory and repression by drawing on theory and research in psychological science
PSYCH538Applications of Behaviour Analysis19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
This paper provides a depth of coverage on applying behaviour principles to interventions in applied settings. The objective is to examine and critique recent applications of the methods and theories of behaviour analysis in a range of settings to both prevent and change problems.
PSYCH539Graduate Research Methods in Psychology19A (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...
PSYCH544Psychology of Security and Crime Science19B (Hamilton)
This paper introduce students to key psychological explanations of criminal events and criminality, and emerging topics in psychological crime science.
PSYCH556Advanced Topics in Abnormal Adult Psychology19A (Hamilton)
This paper builds on PSYC338 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, ...
PSYCH557Positive Psychology Research: Theory and Practice19A (Hamilton)
Provides students theoretical and practical broadening in Positive Psychology, the study of positive emotions, character strength, resilience and mental well-being.
PSYCH559Animal Behaviour and Welfare Research19B (Online)
This paper surveys research in animal behaviour and welfare. Topics include various definitions of appropriate welfare and the limitations and implications of these. Ways of assessing welfare are examined.
PSYCH560Applied Behaviour Analysis: Theory and Issues19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Online)
This paper considers the conceptual theory behind, and the issues raised by, the implementation of behavioural programmes across a wide range of applied areas, such as clinical, educational, and health psychology and intellectual disability. The design and implementation of such programmes in practice is considered, and topics curr...
PSYCH561Behaviour Analysis: Concepts and Principles19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Online)
This paper covers theory and research in several selected areas relevant to the understanding of behaviour and provides students with a) an understanding of the theoretical/conceptual principles underlining the research, b) the ability to examine and critique research in the area and c) an understanding of how theories, techniques ...
PSYCH562Theories of Psychotherapy19B (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 Psychopathology19B (Hamilton)
This paper considers research on major childhood syndromes including conduct disorder, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), adolescent problems and childhood anxiety.
PSYCH571Psychology of Careers19B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to vocational psychology including the theory and practice of psychology applied to the analysis, assessment and practice of career development and management. Students will apply career development theory and practice to the development of their own career portfolio.
PSYCH572Selecting and Managing for Performance19A (Hamilton)
This paper blends personnel selection theory, research and practice, including job analysis and the most prevalent selection methods: interviews, references, application blanks, paper and pencil tests, assessment centres and work samples. This course is particularly relevant for students interested in organisational psychology, and...
PSYCH573Training and Development19A (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the development, implementation and evaluation of training programmes. This paper is particularly relevant for student interested in organisational psychology, as well as those interested in developing training or workshop-based interventions to improve professionals' knowledge, skills or work behaviour.
PSYCH575Indigenous Psychologies19A (Hamilton)
Indigenous psychologies are sensitive to context, conscious of history and responsive to multiple ways of knowing and being in the world. This module 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 ...
PSYCH577Recent Research in Behaviour Analysis19B (Hamilton) & 19B (Online)
This paper covers a range of topics in the applications of laboratory-derived principles to the understanding of, and attempts to change, human behaviour. Students will be brought up to date with the recent research in these areas and will learn to read, understand and critically evaluate the literature which attempts to apply the ...
PSYCH579Topical Issues in Organisational Psychology19B (Hamilton)
This paper examines theoretical and empirical issues concerning the psychology of work behaviour in organisations. Students evaluate the application of psychological theory and research to behaviour in organizations and develop a critical awareness of psychological contributions to the study of organisations.
PSYCH580The Psychology of Criminal Conduct19B (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 Assessment19A (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 Psychology19C (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 Psychology19A (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 PSYC575, which deals specifically with the Treaty of Waitangi.
PSYCH585Leadership and Change19B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on the processes and outcomes of organisational change management, and the knowledge and skills required of organisational psychologists who function as organisational consultants.
PSYCH587Behaviour Analysis Practicum19Y (Hamilton) & 19Y (Online)
This paper focuses on the research knowledge and skills required in behaviour analysis. Students will gain academic knowledge and professional skills related to designing and undertaking a practical project in this area.
PSYCH588Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton), 19S (Online) & 19S (Tauranga)
No description available.
PSYCH589Directed Study19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online), 19A (Tauranga), 19B (Hamilton), 19B (Online), 19B (Tauranga), 19S (Hamilton), 19S (Online) & 19S (Tauranga)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff. Open to selected students who meet the criteria set out in the School of Psychology Graduate Handbook.
PSYCH591Honours Dissertation19Y (Hamilton) & 19Y (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PSYC800Psychology MPhil Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
PSYC900Psychology PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (Tauranga)
No description available.

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Psychology Programme


Psychology is available as a major for the BA, BSc and BSocSc. Psychology may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete a major in Psychology for the BA and BSocSc, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Psychology, including PSYC208, 40 points from PSYC225, PSYC226, PSYC227, PSYC228, PSYC229 or PSYC230, and at least 60 points above 200 level (excluding directed studies). It is recommended that students intending to major in Psychology for the BA or BSocSc include PSYC102 and PSYC103 in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 level. It is also recommended that students majoring in Psychology take all 200 level PSYC-coded, 10 point papers.

All students intending to proceed to graduate study in Psychology should include PSYC307 in their programme of study, as this is a prerequisite for all graduate study. In addition, some 500 level Psychology papers have specific undergraduate papers as prerequisites.

If you want to go on to graduate study – and we hope that you do – please consult the Graduate Handbook or talk to academic staff about your plans, particularly before you finalise your 300 level programme of study.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


Listed below are some combinations of third year papers for various areas in Psychology. Please talk to academic staff for further recommendations.

Applied Cognitive Psychology
PSYC340, PSYC341, PSYC344, PSYC307 Directed Study

Behaviour Analysis (including Applied Behaviour Analysis)
PSYC307, PSYC314, PSYC337 Directed Study

Clinical Psychology
PSYC307, PSYC337 & PSYC338
These papers are required for entry to the Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology.

Community, Kaupapa Māori and Applied Social Psychology
PSYC301, PSYC310, PSYC317
In addition, you are encouraged to include in your degree papers from allied disciplines such as Social Science Research, Sociology, Education Studies, Anthropology, Māori and Pacific Development, Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Health and Mental Health Services
PSYC301, PSYC307, PSYC314, PSYC319, PSYC337 & PSYC338
Papers such as HDCO100, HDCO340 and HDCO301 are also relevant.

Organisational Psychology
PSYC307, PSYC317, PSYC337 & PSYC340
We also recommend STMG191, HRMG241, PHIL218, LBST201, HRMG342 and STMG391.

Recommended preparatory papers
In addition to the above suggestions, you might consider including an introductory writing paper such as ALED100 Writing for University Purposes as part of your degree, especially if you are not too confident in your ability to write accurate, clear and concise essays and reports. Similarly, MATH168 Preparatory Mathematics is recommended for students without a background in mathematics.


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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: psyc-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: psyc-grad@waikato.ac.nz