Bachelor of Health Science -Psychology

Bachelor of Health Science -Psychology

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.


Learning is dynamic and will include classroom-based, online and self-directed learning, as well as reflective practice. Clinical practice and simulation experiences (including virtual reality) are important aspects of this major.

Year 1

Semester 1 courses
You develop an in-depth understanding of general healthcare, learning alongside other health science students.

  • HEAL504 Lifespan Development and Communication (15 points)
  • HEAL505 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (15 points)
  • HEAL506 Knowledge, Enquiry and Communication (15 points)
  • HEAL507 Health and Environment (15 points) OR MAOH501 Hauora Māori and Environment (15 points)

Semester 2 courses

  • PSYC501 Introduction to Psychology A (15 points)*
  • PSYC502 Introduction to Psychology B (15 points)*
  • PSYC503 Introductory Research Methods (15 points)*

Plus one elective course. Elective courses need to be approved by your programme leader.
*This course is available for a Certificate of Proficiency Application

Year 2

Courses you study

  • HEAL610 Methods of Research and Enquiry (15 points)
  • PSYC601 Abnormal Psychology (15 points)
  • PSYC602 Social Psychology (15 points)*
  • PSYC603 Psychological Assessment (15 points)
  • PSYC604 Personality (15 points)
  • PSYC605 Brain and Behaviour (15 points)
  • PSYC681 Cognitive Psychology (15 points)

Plus one elective course. Elective courses need to be approved by your programme leader.
*This course 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 courses relevant to your future career prospects. You develop advanced research skills and learn to apply these in the field of your choice.

Courses you study

  • HLAW701 Health Law and Policy (15 points)
  • HEAL708 Professional Practice and Ethics (15 points)

or approved elective And four psychology elective courses chosen from the following list:

  • PSYC701 Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis (15 points)
  • PSYC702 Critical Evaluation in Psychology (15 points)
  • PSYC703 Experimental and Applied Behaviour Analysis II (15 points)
  • PSYC704 Biopsychology (15 points)
  • PSYC705 Positive Psychology (15 points)
  • PSYC706 Health Psychology (15 points)
  • PSYC707 Approaches to Psychological Intervention (15 points)
  • PSYC780 Emotions and Human Nature (15 points)
  • PSYC781 Applied Issues in Cultural and Social Psychology (15 points)
  • PSYC782 Research Project (15 points)

And two other elective courses approved by your programme leader

Te ara hauora Māori health courses
There’s a growing need for health professionals to work with Māori. That’s why you can include Māori health courses 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 courses 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 course. You don’t need to know te reo to enrol in the Māori health courses.

  • MAOH501 Hauora Māori and Environment (15 points)
  • MAOH701 Māori Health Promotion (15 points)
  • MAOH702 Applied Primary Māori Mental Health (15 points)
  • HEAL710 Utilising Supervision in Practice (15 points)

Career Outcomes

  • Focus on scientific analysis, and key interpersonal and interviewing skills
  • Combine this major with the Public and Environmental Health major, a minor or a Bachelor of Business
  • Can open up a wide range of career options
  • 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.

What will I learn?

In the Psychology major you gain a broad understanding of psychological research and theory, and related ethical and legal issues. 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 analytical skills.

<p>Apply if you:</p>
<li>Are under the age of 20 years; and</li>
<li>Are a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia; and</li>
<li>Don’t meet the University Entrance standard; and</li>
<li>Have received secondary schooling to at least New Zealand Year 12 level (or its equivalent overseas) and completed NCEA Level 2 endorsed with Merit or better. This should include at least 14 credits in each of 4 NCEA Level 2 subjects, at least 3 of which must be on the approved subject list; and</li>
<li>Meet the UE literacy and numeracy standards, or their equivalents; and</li>
<li>Have not completed Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school; or</li><br>

<li>Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must also be selected into the programme for which they have applied.</li><br>

<p>*waived for Year 13 students at a New Zealand secondary school in 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19.</p><br>
<p>Cost of applying for Discretionary Entrance There is a non-refundable assessment fee of $50.00.</p>
<p>Students with qualifications from outside of New Zealand Applying on the basis of a qualification from another country? Use your official results for one of the following tests or qualifications to meet the English language requirements. Results can be up to two years old.</p>
<b>IELTS Academic</b>
<li>6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher</li></ul><br>
<p>Other recognized English language requirements</p>
<p>Use the following table to see what you need to meet the English language requirements through the Language Cert International ESOL, Trinity ISE, Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS), New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL), GIE, TOEFL iBT®, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or the Pearson Test of English.</p><br>
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<ul><li>12 Jul 2021</li>
<li>28 Feb 2022</li>
<li>18 Jul 2022</li>
<p>Apply well before the semester starts</p>
<p>Applications will be processed up to the start of the semester depending on programme availability. We recommend applying as soon as possible to have the best chance of securing a place in your preferred programme.</p>
<b>Late applications –</b>
<p>if your application arrives after the dates above Your application will be processed if places are available in the programme.</p><br>
<p>If there are no available places, your application will automatically be processed for the following intake, and you will be advised accordingly.</p><br>
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3 years full-time / part-time available
<li>Online Learning</li>

A reliable Computer/ Laptop with microphone and webcam, Internet access preferably Broadband
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<p>As a student at AUT, you can access a range of services and facilities to help you make the most of university life and succeed in your studies.</p>
<p>AUT offers some of the most comprehensive student services and support in New Zealand – so you know you’ll be well looked after when you study here. Our academic staff are passionate about their subjects and at the forefront of their disciplines.</p>
<p>Many of them are internationally known as experts in their fields, and organisations around the world draw on their expertise for key projects.</p>
<li>North Campus</li>
360 points
Conjoint programmes
<ul><li>You can study the Bachelor of Business conjointly with the Bachelor of Health Science in Psychology. </li><br>

Double major option<br>
<li>The Psychology major can be completed as a double major with Public and Environmental Health within three years</li></ul>

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