For the people who want to know what makes us tick

For the people who want to know what makes us tick

Enrol in psychology - from social and behavioural, to
cognitive and clinical

Psychology is one of the most important and critical topics in modern society.

At Waikato, we welcome students into a community full of innovative thinkers. Our students work alongside internationally respected psychologists to understand and advocate for inclusive communities.  We ensure psychology is scientific and accountable, producing world-leading research in a friendly and welcoming environment. Our areas of specialisation are in the most critical areas of psychology, where psychology can make a difference to New Zealand society (Māori and community psychology, Clinical psychology, Behavioural psychology and Cognitive psychology).

Why study with us?

Get extra support with our broad range of scholarships

Learn from award winning professors.

Internationally recognised Māori Psychology Research Unit.

Study at our campus in Tauranga

Advocate for society

At the University of Waikato, we offer plenty of flexibility to adapt learning to suit your desired focus. Psychology can be taken as a major for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Sciences and Bachelor of Science - unlike any other university in New Zealand

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Bachelor of Science
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Ready for the next level?

Studying for your Master of Applied Psychology at the University of Waikato allows you to gain an in-depth knowledge of one of three key areas of applied psychology. Gain relevant hands-on experience through work placements and projects, where you'll be connected with a range of organisations and community groups.

Master of Applied Psychology

Leading Māori Psychology

He honore, he kororia, he maungarongo ki te whenua he whakaaro pai ki nga tangata katoa.

The School of Psychology aims to create an environment in which psychology is recognised as a platform for Māori development. Through various strategies the School supports Māori students to reach their potential in their chosen specialities and to provide all psychology students with Māori and bicultural paradigms and insights relevant to working and living in Aotearoa.


Māori maternal health inequity research receives almost $1m in funding

New kaupapa Māori research co-led by the University of Waikato aims to address inequities in maternal health services. The research, led by Dr Waikaremoana Waitoki through the University of Waikato, will use Māori knowledge and tikanga to empower Māori families. The funding from A Better Start, E Tipu e Rea National Science Challenge will be spent over two years.

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Psychology expertise expands at Waikato

The University of Waikato has expanded their expertise in psychology with the addition of four new specialists in the field.

Dr Amy Bird, Dr Aleea Devitt, Associate Professor Carol Choo and Associate Professor Taciano Milfont all joined the University’s School of Psychology earlier in the year.

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Covid-19 mental health survey shows participants are ‘stressed but resilient’

Psychologists at the University of Waikato have released preliminary results of their survey looking into New Zealanders’ mental health during the Covid-19 crisis, and the findings show Kiwis are feeling stressed but resilient. The online survey, which was open for participation during April, saw more than 1,000 responses from New Zealanders, and the research team now have initial findings of how people were thinking, feeling, and coping with the lockdown and the threat of the pandemic.

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Leading Professor heading up University’s School of Psychology

Noted developmental psychologist, Professor Vincent Reid, is heading up the University of Waikato’s School of Psychology, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a desire to take the school to new heights.

Having joined in the latter half of 2019, Professor Reid feels he’s nearly got the ‘lay of the land’, and is excited about other new appointments joining the psychology school.

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Backseat drivers are more helpful than you think

Having a passenger in the car can make a trip safer and more enjoyable, compared to driving alone, according to research by University of Waikato psychology professors Samuel Charlton and Nicola Starkey.

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