School of Psychology

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Psychology is a fascinating and dynamic academic discipline. The graduate programme in the School of Psychology at the University of Waikato provides exciting study opportunities in Animal Behaviour, Behaviour Analysis, Community Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Human Cognition, Kaupapa Māori Psychology, Organisational Psychology, Social Psychology, and Forensic Psychology/Crime Science.

Graduate students work in collaboration with academic staff in our research programmes. We provide intensive research training and opportunities to interact with other researchers in the School. Graduate students play an important role in our research laboratories, and receive careful mentoring by their supervisors. A variety of graduate degrees require the completion of one or more supervised research projects, dissertations or theses.

We also offer professional programmes that prepare students for a range of careers in psychology, including as a New Zealand registered psychologist or clinical psychologist. By gaining entry to one of these programmes students receive training in the building blocks needed to become a competent and safe practitioner in the relevant field.

For postgraduate students who want to concentrate more intensively on research, enrolling in a PhD in Psychology at Waikato leads to several years of specialist training designed to lead on to careers at the cutting edge of research and scholarship.

Every year the range of career opportunities grows for students with graduate degrees in psychology. If you are curious, creative and energetic, it’s a great time to be pursuing advanced study in psychology at the University of Waikato.

Professor Devon Polaschek, DipClinPsych, PhD
Chair - School of Psychology
University of Waikato