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 one 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.


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19 August 2016 Welcome to Dr Tia Neha
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30 May 2016 Welcome to Paris Pidduck
Paris Pidduck has recently joined the School of Psychology as our new Kaiāwhina Tauira. Read more
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Welcome to Dr Matt Hammond

Matt is very happy to be joining the School of Psychology as a lecturer in Research Methods and Statistics. He has most recently been at the University of Illinois in a post-doctoral position, and prior to that completed his PhD at the University of Auckland.

Matt's research interests include intimate relationship processes and prejudicial attitudes, focusing on how people’s sexist beliefs influence behaviours, perceptions and evaluations in romantic relationships, including the factors that predict interpersonal aggression and the effectiveness of social support.

Read More about Matt.

Postgraduate study

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

Take PSYC 101 this summer

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

This online course offers an introduction to the field of psychology, bringing a scientific perspective to social issues, topical issues and issues of longstanding interest. The course addresses topics covered in the media, as well as myths about human and animal behaviour.

You can view the course details through our [course finder].

There are a number of other summer courses offered through the Faculty of Science, further details on those, and information on how to enrol, can be found on the [Faculty website].