Study an undergraduate or postgraduate psychology degree at Waikato and immerse yourself into a community full of innovative thinkers. Psychology is one of the most important and critical topics in modern society.

Why study Psychology?

Our students work alongside internationally respected psychologists to understand and advocate for inclusive communities.

From analysing the reasons for anger to considering the best way to train dogs, a Psychology degree allows insight into countless intriguing facets of cognitive function.

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).

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Career Opportunities

  • Behaviour Analyst
  • Clinical or Community Psychologist
  • Community Programme Coordinator
  • Private Practitioner
  • Human Resource Advisor
  • Research Scientist
  • Project Manager
  • Consultant
  • Psychologist

Master of Arts in Psychology

A Master of Arts in Psychology will prepare you for a variety of psychology-relevant careers.

This 180-point Master of Arts in Psychology can be completed in 12-18 months. You will develop a deeper understanding of psychology and gain specialist knowledge that will be attractive to potential employers. This degree will prepare you to understand psychological research and communicate psychological knowledge broadly.

Entry Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Arts in Psychology, you must have completed a bachelor's degree in a relevant subject with a B grade average or better across the third-year papers.

Psychology courses can be combined with courses in other disciplines to prepare you to work in a variety of interesting psychology-relevant industries.  No thesis or dissertation is required.

View the degree information for the Master of Arts in Psychology, MA (Psychology)

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Applications open for the Te Ara Hou Scholarship

Apply for our Te Ara Hou Scholarship and you could receive $5,000 towards your online postgraduate study this July. Hurry, the application deadline is June 24!

Areas of study at Waikato include

  • Animal Behaviour
  • Behaviour Analysis
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Kaupapa Māori and Applied Social Psychology
  • Health and Mental Health Services 
  • Organisational Psychology.

Study in Tauranga

You can choose to take Psychology under any of these degrees:

It's possible to complete any of these Psychology qualifications without leaving Tauranga. Note that the range of non-core papers (e.g. those shown as "List A" in bachelor degree planners) available in Tauranga may differ to those available in Hamilton.

University of Waikato accreditations

The University of Waikato proudly holds accreditations and affiliations with reputable academic and professional organisations, ensuring the highest standards of quality in education and research. Our accreditations underscore our dedication to providing students with a world-class educational experience and equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in their chosen careers.

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School of Psychology

Hamilton Campus, K block, Level 1, Room K.1.12
Office hours: 8.30am to 4.00pm