Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Study Psychology at Otago

Students searching for books in the library

Overview

Psychology is the science of behaviour. Psychologists study the way humans (and other animals) interact with the world and each other.

For example, Psychology examines how our abilities change with age, and what might underlie abnormal behaviour. It investigates how we process and store information using our senses and memory, and how our experiences shape our behaviour.

Psychologists also study how behaviour relates to the functioning of the brain, and why things such as drugs, hormone levels and lack of sleep can influence the way we behave. Applied psychologists use this knowledge to address problems as diverse as sleep disorders, industrial relations, phobias, drug rehabilitation, aircraft safety and hyperactivity.

^ Top of page

Contact details

Department of Psychology
William James Building
275 Leith Walk
Dunedin 9016
Tel +64 3 479 7644
Email psychology@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/psychology

^ Top of Page

Qualifications

^ Top of page

Papers

See the full list of Psychology (PSYC) papers.

^ Top of page

Programme Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Psychology

Level Papers Points
100-level

PSYC 111  Brain and Behaviour

PSYC 112  Human Thought and Behaviour

Either STAT 110 Statistical Methods or STAT 115 Introduction to Biostatistics is recommended

18

18

200-level

PSYC 210  Principles of Psychological Research

PSYC 211  Brain and Cognition

PSYC 212  Social and Applied Psychology

18

18

18

300-level

Four of:
PSYC 313  Cognition and Neuropsychology
PSYC 315  Social Psychology
PSYC 317  Biopsychology
PSYC 318  Developmental Psychology
PSYC 319  Comparative Cognition
PSYC 321  Special Topic
PSYC 323  Sensation and Perception
PSYC 324  Health Psychology
PSYC 325  Psychology in Legal Contexts
PSYC 326  Cognitive Engineering
PSYC 327  Psychology of Language
PSYC 328  Behaviour Analysis in Everyday Life

Students intending to advance to postgraduate study should also take PSYC 311  Quantitative Methods

72
Plus

198 further points which may include STAT 110 or STAT 115; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

198
Total   360

^ Top of page

Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Psychology

Papers

Prerequisites:
At least five 300-level papers including:
PSYC 311  Quantitative Methods
and four from PSYC 313, PSYC 315, PSYC 317, PSYC 318, PSYC 319, PSYC 321, PSYC 323, PSYC 324, PSYC 325, PSYC 326, PSYC 327, PSYC 328

^ Top of page

Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Psychology

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in Psychology is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

^ Top of page

Master of Arts (MA) in Psychology

Thesis
  • Thesis: PSYC 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in Psychology or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in Psychology must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in Psychology prior to undertaking the thesis.

^ Top of page

Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Psychology

Level Papers Points
100-level

PSYC 111  Brain and Behaviour

PSYC 112  Human Thought and Behaviour

Either STAT 110  Statistical Methods or STAT 115 Introduction to Biostatistics is recommended

18

18

 

200-level

PSYC 210  Principles of Psychological Research

PSYC 211  Brain and Cognition

PSYC 212  Social and Applied Psychology

18

18

18

300-level

Four of PSYC 313, PSYC 315PSYC 317, PSYC 318, PSYC 319, PSYC 321, PSYC 323, PSYC 324, PSYC 325, PSYC 326, PSYC 327, PSYC 328

Students intending to advance to postgraduate study should also take PSYC 311  Quantitative Methods

72
Plus

198 further points which may include STAT 110 or STAT 115; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

198
Total   360

^ Top of page

Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons)) in Psychology

Papers

Prerequisites:
At least five 300-level papers including:
PSYC 311  Quantitative Methods
and four from PSYC 313, PSYC 315, PSYC 317, PSYC 318, PSYC 319, PSYC 321, PSYC 323, PSYC 324, PSYC 325, PSYC 326, PSYC 327, PSYC 328

^ Top of page

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Psychology

Papers

^ Top of page

Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology

Papers and Thesis
  • PSYC 495  Master's Thesis Preparation

  • Papers worth 80 points from PSYC 401-439

  • Thesis: PSYC 5

    Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

^ Top of page

Minor Subject Requirements

Psychology as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level

PSYC 111  Brain and Behaviour

PSYC 112  Human Thought and Behaviour

18

18

200-level

PSYC 210  Principles of Psychological Research

PSYC 211  Brain and Cognition

PSYC 212  Social and Applied Psychology

18

18

18

300-level

One of PSYC 313, PSYC 315, PSYC 317, PSYC 318, PSYC 319, PSYC 321, PSYC 323, PSYC 324, PSYC 325, PSYC 326, PSYC 327, PSYC 328

18
Total   108

*Further information will be available for this paper in early September 2018, or see the 2019 Guide to Enrolment.

^ Top of page