Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

Qualification code OP701026

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) will give you an understanding of the science of human behaviour and what happens in people’s minds to influence their behaviour. This includes how people think, remember and feel; what drives motivation and how personality is defined.

Successful completion of this degree may enable you to enter graduate and post graduate training in psychology. A postgraduate qualification is the minimum level of qualification needed for you to enter the psychology profession.

Programme update

This is a new version of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology). It includes compulsory course 73329 Research Methods and Analysis.

New students

If you are new to Open Polytechnic and haven’t studied the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) before, you can enrol in this programme via the choose courses tab below.

Are you currently studying the Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)?

If you began studying this programme before Trimester 1, 2016, you can re-enrol
in your next course(s) under OP701006 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)

  • Level 7  
    Credits 360 
  • Workload

    Approximately 10-12 hours study per week for each 20 credit course. This may be higher at assessment or exam time.

  • Study type Trimester  
  • Cost $13,140 NZ Domestic

    Approximate cost for the full qualification based on 2018 fee information, not including annual administration fees, fee increases, textbooks, course materials or external exam fees.

  • Student loan

    Eligible for student loans, if you meet the criteria. Student loans and eligibility

For information about selecting courses to study towards this qualification, check out the Choose courses tab.

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Erin Kernohan, Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology) graduate and HR Manager

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a broad variety of careers in the public and private sectors such as health, business and research. 

What you will learn

  • the fields and sub-fields within psychology and how and why these relate to specific career
  • paths and employment areas within Aotearoa New Zealand
  • how to apply and evaluate scientific research methodologies and analysis used in psychology
  • how to identify and demonstrate ethical behaviour in research and professional practice
  • recognise Aotearoa New Zealand's uniquely bicultural context based on the Treaty partnership with Māori, as tangata whenua, and know when and why Treaty principles should be applied
  • understand and apply the practice of psychology within an Aotearoa New Zealand context
  • know the importance of respecting cultural diversity and apply this knowledge in interactions with people
  • how to explain and evaluate behaviour from multiple perspectives in a variety of settings
  • develop and evaluate insight into yours and other people’s behaviour and mental processes
  • how to use psychological principles to work effectively as part of a team and independently
  • use logical and innovative thinking to produce evidence-based solutions
  • how to communicate clearly and effectively across a variety of formats and contexts
  • how to find and critically evaluate information.

Addiction Practitioners Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (DAPAANZ) Pathway

You may be able to study the DAPAANZ pathway which will give you practical skills to help people who are experiencing addiction issues. The pathway is recognised by the professional association, DAPAANZ, who were established to represent the professional interests of addiction services practitioners nationwide. 

Key dates

Every course has an enrolment close-off date. Make sure you know when you need to enrol by.

See key enrolment dates

Assessment and exam

Every course is assessed differently - some require assignments and others exams. Check the individual course pages for more information.

Information about assessment and exams

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