For the people who want to know what makes us tick

For the people who want to know what make us tick

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

Why study Psychology?

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, Cognitive psychology and Environmental psychology).

Get extra support with our broad range of scholarships

Learn from award
winning professors

Internationally recognised Māori Psychology Research Unit

With our flexible teaching options you can study at our campus in Hamilton or Tauranga

Make Psychology work for you

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 or Bachelor of Science - unlike any other university in New Zealand.

Have you already completed a Bachelor’s degree in another subject and are considering a career change to Psychology? If so, the Graduate Diploma in Psychology could be for you. It's an easy way to get up to speed in Psychology.

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Bachelor of Science
Graduate Diploma in Psychology

Ready for the next level?

A PGDip lets you learn about Psychology at postgraduate level through a series of papers in your chosen areas of Psychology. It is a versatile qualification that is a requirement for entry to most other Psychology graduate programmes. Through a PGDip, you can explore those aspects of Psychology which you care about the most.

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology

Important application deadlines

We offer a wide array of postgraduate study programmes from an Honours year, Masters degree, through to Ph.D. study. These qualifications include ways to become eligible to work as a registered psychologist via our MAppPsy pathways in Community or Behaviour Analysis. Applications for 2024 entry close from 30 September 2023, although this varies by programme.

Master of Applied Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma in the Practice of Psychology
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Social Sciences
Master of Science (Research)
Master of Arts

Leading Māori Psychology

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

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Actively supporting Māori

The School of Psychology enables Māori students to reach their potential. We seek to provide all psychology students with Māori and bicultural paradigms and insights. Our Kaupapa Māori Management Committee ensures that we have Kaupapa Māori laboratories for all of our undergraduate papers. This support, by Māori for Māori, provides a platform for student success.

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Kaupapa Māori Psychology Minor

Psychology at Waikato recognises the importance of the Māori worldview.  For this reason we’ve developed a minor in Kaupapa Maori Psychology.  This is critical for real-life mental health outcomes for Māori and indigenous peoples.

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Waikato psychologists receive international honours

Two University of Waikato academics have been recognised by the Association for Psychological Science (APS), one of the world’s leading international bodies for psychology. In the announcement this month, Professor Vincent Reid was made a Fellow of the APS, while Dr Aleea Devitt received a Rising Star award.

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$3.6m given to Waikato University in an attempt to reduce prison violence

An opportunity to understand and reduce the amount of violence in our prisons has been given to Waikato University.

Research funding of $3.9 million over five years was awarded to Dr Armon Tamatea to continue his work on reducing violence in prisons

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Saving lives: Psychology programmes celebrate 50 years

More than 85 people gathered to celebrate the University of Waikato’s School of Psychology on Sunday at the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts in Hamilton.

The event marked 50 years since its postgraduate clinical and applied behaviour analysis psychology programmes began in 1973.

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