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Course planning and enrolment

While you don't need to have your entire degree mapped out before you start, it's good to have an overall plan so you meet the prerequisites for Stage II and III courses.

Prerequisites for Psychology Stage II courses


You need to have passed one of:

  • PSYCH 108 Individual, Social and Applied Psychology (15 points) or
  • PSYCH 109 Mind, Brain and Behaviour (15 points)

to take Stage II psychology courses.

All Stage II courses are limited entry. In most cases, students who enrol in plenty of time and who have passed their Stage I prerequisites will obtain places in the courses of their choice. Students with low GPA’s may be put on a waiting list and only receive a place if the course is not full at the end of the enrolment period. During the enrolment period some courses may become full and no more students will be admitted. Affirmative action for Māori and Pacific students will be applied.

For more information about entry into Stage II courses read through our Enrolment FAQs - Stage II Psychology.

It is recommended that you complete your enrolment as early as possible. PSYCH 201, 202, 203, 204, 207 and 208 require you to enroll for a laboratory and/or tutorial online, these are filled on a first come first served basis.

Prerequisites for Psychology Stage III courses


Students must pass three Stage II courses and one Stage I Statistics course to be eligible to enroll in Stage III courses.

There are no specific regulations regarding which Stage II courses you need to study psychology at Stage III and postgraduate level. However it is assumed that you will have the basic knowledge of the branch of psychology in which you are studying. It is therefore important to plan your courses ahead of time.

Individual course prescriptions


Full descriptions of undergraduate and postgraduate courses offered by the School of Psychology and prerequisites for each course can be accessed by visiting Our courses.

FAQs


What is a GPA and how is it calculated for entry to a course in Psychology?

Stage 2 & 3 courses have a GPA requirement. This GPA is a CUMULATIVE GPA based on the average mark of ALL the courses that you have EVER done at The University of Auckland (even if you did not sit a course or withdrew from a course this still counts towards your GPA).

The GPA is worked out like this:
An A+ is awarded a 9 | A = 8 | A- = 7 | B+ = 6 | B = 5 | B- = 4 | C+ = 3 | C = 2 | C- =1

A withdraw/fail/did not sit all count as a 0. Then, it’s simply a matter of adding up what you got and dividing it by the number of courses to get an average.

For example: a student with an A- (7), B(5), C+(3) and a D-(0) (15/4) would have a cumulative GPA of 3.75.


What is the required GPA for entry to Stage II Psychology courses?

Students with a GPA of 2 (C- average) will automatically be able to enrol in Stage II courses. Those below 2 will be waitlisted and admitted if there are spaces. The school will monitor these lists regularly and advise students when it is unlikely they will get a place. If you have been dropped please do not waitlist again.

Students whose GPA increases to above 2 once their exam results are in will be admitted, but will need to enrol again to be automatically admitted.

Students whose GPA has dropped below 2 will be removed from the course because they no longer meet the entry requirement and must choose another course.

Students should consider which alternate course they would take if not admitted.


What are the GPAs required for Stage III courses?

All Stage III courses require a GPA of 3 except PSYCH 305 (5), PSYCH 306 (2) and Psych 311 (4).

Students whose GPA increases to above the required GPA once their exam results are in will be admitted, but will need to enrol again to be automatically admitted.

Students whose GPA has dropped below the required GPA will be removed from the course because they no longer meet the entry requirement and must choose another course. Students should consider which alternate course they would take if not admitted.