School of Psychology

School of Psychology

Know your Potential; Know your Mind: Study Psychology at Victoria

Do you want to understand human nature, and explain both the strange and everyday behaviour you see around you? If so, then studying psychology at Victoria might be for you. 

Whether you want to pursue a career as a clinical or forensic psychologist, or you want to develop your skills and knowledge that will equip you for any career path, then studying psychology at Victoria is a great option. We are the recognised number 1 School of Psychology in New Zealand in terms of research quality and output, and you will be taught by lecturers who are leading international figures in their field.  


Feb16-19PSYC Survivor 2016
Date: 16–19 February 2016
Time: 9.30 am
Venue: Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade
PSYC Survivor is a four day introductory programme offered to students enrolling in PSYC 121 or PSYC 122. Read more

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21 October 2015 Prof Colleen Ward elected as RSNZ Fellow
Congratulations to Professor Colleen Ward who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand!  Read more
19 October 2015 Welcome to A/Prof Louise Dixon
The School of Psychology recently welcomed Dr Louise Dixon, who has joined our forensic psychology programme as an Associate Professor. Read more
6 October 2015 Two legs good, four legs better?
In his inaugural professorial lecture Professor of Psychology David Harper has challenged the view that humans stand above other species. Read more

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Te Kura Matai Hinengaro Bicultural Award

The School of Psychology will award full or partial fee waivers for Māori and Pasifika students accepted and enrolled in full-time study at fourth year level, or in the Clinical Psychology programme.


Associate Professor Louise Dixon recently joined our forensic psychology programme. Louise's research focuses on the prevention of interpersonal aggression and violence.

Read more about Louise's research and teaching. 

Postgraduate study

Victoria University offers New Zealand’s only programmes in Forensic Psychology and Cross-cultural Psychology.

PSYC-SurvivorPSYC Survivor

If you're enrolling in PSYC 121 or PSYC 122 in 2016 and want to jump start your studies then PSYC Survivor could be for you. 


Summer course - PSYC 101

This summer we are again running PSYC 101, an online course which is internally assessed through six online tests.

New course being offered in 2016!

In 2016 the School of Psychology will introduce a new 200-level course on lifespan development.