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Study Psychology at Otago

Psychology is the discipline that seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behavior.

What does Psychology look at?

You will learn how humans (and other animals) interact with the world and each other. Psychology examines how our abilities change with age, and what might underlie abnormal behaviour. You will investigate how we process and store information using our senses and memory, and learn how our experiences shape our behaviour.

You will also learn how behaviour relates to the functioning of the brain, and why things such as drugs, hormone levels and lack of sleep can influence the way we behave. Applied psychologists use this knowledge to address problems as diverse as sleep disorders, industrial relations, phobias, drug rehabilitation, aircraft safety and hyperactivity.

Studying Psychology will give you the skills to understand, explain and predict human behaviour making you a great choice for employers in a diverse range of careers.

Apply to study Psychology

Application to study at Otago is now processed online. Once you have decided what papers you would like to enrol in, you should apply online.

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Follow the information in the Guide to Enrolment to help you through this process

Psychology papers

Further Psychology study

The following image gives you an idea of the time commitment required to study at 400-level and beyond.

400-level and beyond

Download the 2019 Dissertation Manual (2.9MB)

More information about studying Psychology at Otago

For information about Psychology major and minor subject requirements please refer to the University website

Download the 2021 Psychology Handbook (PDF)

Download List of Psychology Graduate Students (PDF)

Download think. the Department of Psychology magazine (PDF)

Find out how to apply for assignment extensions here