Undergraduate Degrees - Psychology - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Undergraduate degrees

Completing a BSc or BA Degree Majoring in Psychology

Psychology is one of a small number of subjects in which you can complete majoring requirements for both BSc and BA degrees. There are two things to note when looking at this section.

  1. You must meet the requirements for the degree.
  2. You must meet the requirements for a major in Psychology.

BSc and BA Requirements for students enrolling for the first time

For information on the requirements for a BSc or BA, please refer to UC's Liaison Office for prospective students, or contact the Student Advisor in the College of Science (BSc) or College of Arts (BA).

Requirements for a Major in Psychology

  • PSYC105 and PSYC106, or equivalent credit from other universities.
  • PSYC206 Research Design and Statistics plus at least three 15 point courses from PSYC207 - 213
    Note: Students who enrolled prior to 2010 may be permitted to major with one course from PSYC207-213, in which case they will be required to pass a further 200-level or 300-level course to complete the major. PSYC 206 is a compulsory course to advance to the 300 level courses.
  • To major in Psychology at least 75 points of 300-level Psychology are required.
  • Note: The following are not required for a BSc or BA degree but if you wish to advance to postgraduate study, PSYC344 Research Methods is a compulsory course for commencing postgraduate study in Psychology, plus PSYC336 Industrial & Organizational Psychology (or equivalent) is required to be eligibile to advance to a MSc in Applied Psychology (refer to the APSY web site), or PSYC335 (or equivalent) is required to be eligible to advance to a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (refer to the CLINICAL web site for other study requirements).
  • Please also refer to the Psychology Department Handbook (a pdf of which can be downloaded from the Departmental home page (under Quick Links) or a hard copy posted out to you) for more course/degree information.

Double Degrees

Some students enrol in two degrees concurrently. For example the combination of BA psychology with an LLB is quite common. Regulations permit students enrolled in two degrees to complete both degrees but with fewer points than the sum of those required for the two degrees if taken separately. Determining a programme of study for a double degree can be quite complex. Psychology students embarking on double degrees should discuss their study plans with the Student Advisors in the relevant Colleges.

Transferring Credit from Another University of Tertiary Education Provider

If you seek to transfer credit from another university or tertiary provider and intend to complete your degree at Canterbury you should contact the Student Advisor in either the College of Science or the College of Arts, requesting the transfer of credit form which mush be completed before credit can be transferred from your previous provider [www.canterbury.ac.nz/enrol/credit/]. Also specify the degree and majoring subject intended at Canterbury and include a transcript of your credits to date.

BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology

The Bachelor of Science with Honours degree comprises one full-time year of coursework that includes a research component. Students are admitted to the BSc(Hons) programme following the completion of a BSc degree with a high level of achievement in appropriate subjects. More information on the BSc(Hons) is available here.

Regulations for the Degree of BSc(Hons).

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