Originally the study of the spirit or soul (psyche), Psychology is today a diverse discipline which embraces all aspects of human experience.
- Behaviour Analyst
- Clinical or Community Psychologist
- Community Programme Co-ordinator
- Human Resource Adviser
- Private Practitioner
- Research Scientist
- Community Agencies
- Government Departments
- Private Organisations or Businesses
As a behavioural science, Psychology examines the way behaviour is learned and can be changed. As a social science, Psychology focuses on individuals within the context of families, organisations and other groups, communities, cultures and societies. As a biological science, Psychology studies the senses (hearing, vision, touch) and how the brain and physiological systems relate to behaviour. As a cognitive science, Psychology studies perception, attention, memory, thinking and language understanding. The study of development, personality, learning and motivation are also part of Psychology at Waikato, as is animal behaviour and welfare.
Major areas of study in Psychology at Waikato include:
- Animal Behaviour
- Behaviour Analysis
- Clinical Psychology
- Community, Kaupapa Māori and Applied Social Psychology
- Health and Mental Health Services
- Psychology and Management specialisation
- Organisational Psychology
The following specialisation is available:
Psychology and Management
Psychology and Management is an undergraduate specialised programme of study linking a Psychology major with key papers within Waikato Management School, preparing you to apply psychology in business as well as not-for-profit organisational settings.
School subjects required
There are no specific subjects you need to study at secondary school to study Psychology at Waikato, although mathematics, English or biology could be an advantage.