Faculty of Science


Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2014 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Psychology.


How can we explain how people react to different situations? What's normal?

Students of Psychology ask questions about normal and abnormal behaviours and try to provide answers that incorporate an understanding of the way we think, the way we interact with others, our cultural identity, our biological make-up, our environment, and our experiences. You will study under staff with international reputations, and explore topics like abnormal psychology, how the brain and behaviour are linked, how memory works, and how children gather their language as they begin to speak.

Because Psychology is both an art and a science, we offer a major in Psychology for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc). Whether you choose a BA or a BSc will depend on what other subjects you are interested in.

Graduates with degrees in Psychology are sought after by employers for their insight and scientific understanding of complex human behaviours.

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Undergraduate information

BA and BSc major requirements

  1. PSYC 121, 122, STAT 193
  2. PSYC 232; 45 further 200-level PSYC points
  3. PSYC 325; 45 further 300-level PSYC points

Note: From 2014 students will not be able to do a double major in Psychology (PSYC) and the Education and Psychology (EDPS) as described in the BA statute. 

Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in Psychology

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How to find out more

You can order more information on this subject by registering on our Request for Study Material database.

Victoria's Student Recruitment and Course Advice Office offers advice on courses and help with planning your degree.

Contact the Science Faculty Office or the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Office for information on Admission, qualifications and courses, course advice and selection criteria, exemptions and prerequisites and your Application to Study.

Psychology courses are taught within the School of Psychology, Floors 3, 4, 5 and 6, Easterfield Building.

School of Psychology - Te Kura Matai Hinengaro
Reception Level 6, Easterfield Building
Phone: 04 463 5373
Email: psychology@vuw.ac.nz

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Related subjects and careers

Related subjects Careers

Biomedical Science
Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
Media Studies
Social Policy

Applied researcher
Clinical practitioner
Human resource manager
Market researcher
Recruitment consultant
Service organisations
Special education teacher
Speech therapist

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List of courses

Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Psychology courses.

100 Level Courses

PSYC 101 – Popular Psychology

PSYC 121 – Introduction to Psychology 1

PSYC 122 – Introduction to Psychology 2

200 Level Courses

PSYC 221 – Social Psychology

PSYC 231 – Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 232 – Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 233 – Brain and Behaviour

PSYC 235 – Abnormal Psychology

300 Level Courses

PSYC 322 – Memory

PSYC 324 – Child Development

PSYC 325 – Advanced Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 326 – Discourse and Social Psychology

PSYC 327 – Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

PSYC 331 – Perception and Attention

PSYC 332 – Behaviour Analysis

PSYC 333 – Applied Social Psychology

PSYC 334 – Industrial and Organisational Psychology

PSYC 335 – Psychology, Crime and Law

PSYC 336 – Special Topic

PSYC 337 – Family Psychology

PSYC 338 – Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSYC 339 – Special Topic: Applied Developmental Psychology