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Mātai Hinengaro

18 January 2024
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and biological, cognitive, and social processes in humans and other animals.




Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and associated biological, cognitive, and social processes in humans and other animals.

Studying Psychology will explore how the brain works, and looks into theories to gain an understanding of behaviour in individuals and groups.


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What will my study involve?

  • Explore a range of psychopathologies such as anxiety, depression, and addiction with leading experts and researchers.
  • Practical lab work where you will be able to perform physical assessments.
  • UC has a Psychology Clinic where you can receive training, and has working relationships with Te Whatu Ora Health | New Zealand Waitaha Canterbury, and Ara Poutama Aotearoa | Department of Corrections, offering opportunities for research and clinical internships.
  • Psychology can be studied in many bachelor’s degrees, can be customised to your specific preferences, and complement your other studies.
  • Excellent opportunities to undertake work in experimental psychology, with internationally recognised postgraduate applied programmes in Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Child and Family Psychology, and Clinical Psychology (leading to professional registration as a psychologist).


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Psychology major

Psychology minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:

Preparation for postgraduate Psychology studies

To be eligible to enter postgraduate programmes in Psychology, you will need to include certain 300-level courses in your degree:


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Career opportunities

Studying Psychology at UC will open up careers in many different fields due to the unique set of skills you learn. Further postgraduate study can lead to professional registration as a child and family psychologist or clinical psychologist.

Career pathways could include:

  • police, corrections, and other public sectors
  • district health boards
  • public relations and marketing
  • social service agencies.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Psychology.

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