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.


Feb16-19WorkshopsPSYC 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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4 December 2015 Exploring the brain's role in mystical experiences
New research suggests that suppression of the brain’s inhibitory functions can result in openness to mystical experiences. Read more
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

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New course being offered in 2016!

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


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. 

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Applications open for Kaiāwhina Tauira position

The Kaiāwhina Tauira position is a new permanent, part-time role. The successful applicant will play a key role in facilitating a vibrant and supportive academic environment for our Māori students. If this could be you, read more about the role on the VUW current vacancies webpage.

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Te Kura Mātai 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.

Postgraduate study

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