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Undergraduate subject

Language, Brain and Behaviour

04 October 2023
Develop your understanding of how psychology and language shape behaviour, identity, culture, and wellbeing.


Language, Brain and Behaviour


This specialisation is for those who are interested in psychology and language, and develops your understanding of how these shape our behaviour, identity, culture, and wellbeing.

Language, Brain and Behaviour

What will my study involve?

  • Hands-on testing in the lab to explore how the brain works, using modern computer labs designed for experiments in human performance, human-robot interactions, language cognition, social behaviour, and more.
  • Take courses from a wide variety of subjects to customise your study, including psychology, social media, anthropology, and other languages.
  • Benefit from UC's Te Kāhui Roro Reo | New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, a multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language.

Language, Brain and Behaviour


Language, Brain and Behaviour specialisation

UC offers a specialisation in Language, Brain and Behaviour within the Bachelor of Arts. Specialisations group courses from different subjects into a central theme.

Throughout study you will explore neuropsychology, language learning, and cultural development and communication of language. In the final year, you will carry out your own research project relevant to your specific interests.

You are also encouraged to take a minor in a language to study alongside this specialisation. UC offers language studies in:

See the subject pages for the minor requirements.

The following courses are required throughout your degree:


These introductory courses are also recommended for your first year.


PSYC208 Cognition or PSYC209 Sensation and Perception are recommended.


PSYC333 Biological Psychology is recommended.

Language, Brain and Behaviour

Career opportunities

This specialisation will be of value to anyone wishing to continue on to areas such as language research or teaching, youth development, communication skills training, or development of new language technologies.

Career pathways could include:

  • language technology development
  • policy development
  • data analysis
  • teaching.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree from UC.

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