About us

Find out about the School of Psychology community, why you should study Psychology, and the School's mission and vision.

The School of Psychology is a shared community for research and learning across many areas of psychology including cognitive, behavioural, developmental, social, clinical, forensic, bicultural and cross-cultural psychology.

Our mission is to advance, communicate, and apply psychological science through excellence in research and teaching, and through engaging with local and international communities.

Although our school sits within the Wellington Faculty of Science, Psychology can also be taken alongside many other subjects.

Our degrees have been restructured recently to be more flexible, meaning that you can complete a major in Psychology along with a major in Law, Science, Commerce, Humanities, or Design in only three years.

Most of our undergraduate courses are team-taught, and students are introduced to different topics by academic staff members who are leaders their field. Our researchers are passionate about their work and bring the latest developments to the lecture theatre.

Studying psychology will give you skills that are attractive to any employer—including critical thinking, statistical knowledge, clear communication, and a thorough grounding in the science of human behaviour.

Whether you want to become a clinical psychologist or just have an interest in the subject, you will be taught in—and contribute to—an exciting and stimulating environment.

Mission statement

Advance, communicate, and apply psychological science through excellence in research and teaching, and engaging with local and international communities.

Vision statement

To advance the science of psychology, and provide individual and collective excellence in teaching, research, professional contributions, and community out-reach.