School of Psychology

School of Psychology

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

Do you often find yourself intrigued by others and trying to understand why people do the things they do? If so, then studying Psychology at Victoria sounds like it is for you!


Studying psychology is a fascinating and dynamic journey. Whether you want to pursue a career as a clinical psychologist, a psychological researcher, or you are still undecided but know that psychology sounds like something you would love, you can be confident that studying psychology will provide you with a multitude of skills that will equip you for any career path. Graduates with degrees in psychology are sought after by employers for their insight and scientific understanding of complex human behaviours.


At Victoria, you can look forward to exploring a variety of topics including how people come to have entirely false memories about things that never happened to them; understanding the innermost workings of the brain; exploring reasons for why people commit crime; learning about how we really can teach an old dog new tricks! The journey of studying psychology will not just help you to understand others, but to understand yourself too.


Aug6Information EventsScience Careers Expo
Date: 6 August 2015
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: Alan MacDiarmid Building, Kelburn Campus
Come along and find out where your science degree could take you. Read more
Aug13Information EventsCareers in Focus: Humanities & Social Sciences
Date: 13 August 2015
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: KK303, New Kirk Building, Kelburn Campus
Create your own lasting point of difference, choose a unique pathway for your BA. Read more
Sep5-6ConferencesKiwiCAM Conference
Date: 5–6 September 2015
Time: 8.30 am
Venue: Kelburn Campus, Victoria University
The popular KiwiCam conference in memory and cognition is coming to Victoria! Read more

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17 July 2015 Treatment and parole effective at reducing reoffending
New resarch from Professor Devon Polaschek suggests intensive psychological treatment and parole are effective at reducing reoffending in high risk prisoners.  Read more
16 July 2015 Why some of us disbelieve science
Your political view and gender play a part in whether you are a climate change sceptic, writes Marc Wilson. Read more
3 July 2015 Funding success for drug abuse research
Congratulations to School of Psychology PhD candidate Dane Aronsen, who has received funding through the 2015 Todd Foundation Awards for Excellence for his research on drug abuse. Read more

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Summer Courses

PSYC 101: Popular Psychology is offered online over November and December 2015.

First for research

Our commitment to excellence

The School of Psychology has once again taken out top honours in the latest PBRF. The School has also received more national teaching awards than any other psychology department in New Zealand.

Ben Butler-Hogg

"There are so many facets to Psychology that you won't have trouble finding your niche."

Read Ben's story»

Postgraduate study

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