Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Psychology)

Qualification code OP701029

Are you interested in human behaviour and how people communicate? A Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Communication and Psychology will prepare you for diverse career opportunities in the areas of communication and community services. On completion of this degree, you will be able to understand and evaluate a wide range of social and cultural issues. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of the communication process and how it relates to human behaviour. 

Programme update

This is a new version of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and 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 (Communication and Psychology) before, you can enrol in this programme via the choose courses tab below.

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

If you began studying this programme before Trimester 1, 2016, you can re-enrol 
in your next course(s) under OP701009 Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Psychology)

  • Level 7  
    Credits 400 
  • 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 $14,600 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.

Career opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for a variety of roles within human resource management, corporate communications, community services, advertising, education
and more.

What you will learn

When you achieve this qualification you will be able to:

  • analyse and use information logically and critically
  • write concisely and clearly across a variety of formats and contexts
  • communicate effectively at personal, group and organisational levels
  • analyse, address and offer practical solutions complex communication issues
  • understand organisational dynamics
  • understand the fields and sub-fields within psychology and how and why these relate to specific career paths and employment areas within Aotearoa New Zealand
  • apply and evaluate scientific research methodologies and analysis used in psychology
  • identify and demonstrate ethical behaviour in research and/or 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
  • recognise the importance of respecting cultural diversity and apply this knowledge in interactions with people
  • explain and evaluate behaviour from multiple perspectives in a variety of settings.
  • understand and apply the practice of psychology within an Aotearoa New Zealand context
  • develop and evaluate insight into one's own and others' behaviour and mental processes
  • use psychological principles to work effectively, as part of a team, and independently.

Key dates

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

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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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