College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Te Kura Pūkenga Tangata
Creative thinking for a changing world
With a Massey qualification in humanities or social sciences, you can inspire people, shape policy, solve problems and create new ways of thinking.
Whether you’re a student or research partner, you’ll benefit from the expertise of our internationally recognised researchers.
Meet our staff
Head of College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Paul Spoonley is one of New Zealand's leading academics and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He has led numerous externally funded research programmes. He has written or edited 25 books and is a regular commentator in the news media.
Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor
Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies
Head of School of People, Environment and Planning
Head of Te Pūtahi-a-Toi / School of Māori Knowledge
Head of School of Psychology
Head of School of English and Media Studies
Head of Institute of Education
Head of School of Humanities
Director, Bachelor of Arts (External Connections)
Find out more about the departments that make up the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has partnerships with the following organisations:
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Social Development
- Health Research Council
- Asia New Zealand Foundation
- Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
Planning at Massey is accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for built environment in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 100 universities for development studies in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 150 universities for education in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 200 universities for geography. QS is an organisation that ranks universities worldwide in various topics.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 300 universities for psychology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is ranked in the world's top 250 universities for sociology by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.
Massey is the first university in the Southern Hemisphere to partner in a UNESCO UNITWIN initiative: the Global Network on Teacher Education for Social Justice and Diversity in Education.
Our leading academics and scientists ensure their cutting-edge research works hard in the real world, not just in the classroom or laboratory. Find out more about our clinics, where you can benefit from the latest research and expertise from Massey's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Massey psychology clinics
Massey University’s psychology clinics offer psychology services to the general public. We also do research, train psychology students, and offer services for practising psychology professionals. We have clinics on each campus:
- Centre for Psychology, Albany, Auckland
- Massey University Psychology Clinic, Palmerston North
- Psychology Clinic, Wellington
Speech Language Therapy Clinic
Our clinic at Massey University’s Auckland campus provides services for communication and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Student clinicians assess and treat clients under the supervision of highly qualified and experienced clinical staff.