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Anglia Ruskin University ARU Featured PhD Programmes
Anglia Ruskin University ARU Featured PhD Programmes

PhDs in Psychology

About the Programme

The University of Waikato welcomes your application to study for a PhD in Psychology. We are looking for outstanding students who are passionate about doing research and making a difference in the world. At our vibrant School of Psychology, you can work with internationally renowned academics and their community or industry collaborators.

New Zealand is a great place to study and the School of Psychology offers a welcoming environment for research students. We are looking for applicants who have a clear interest in our research areas and are keen to work with us on ground-breaking research. In our application process, you do not submit a specific research proposal, but instead develop one with your supervisor once you enrol.

We offer PhD research supervision in a range of psychology areas, including:

  • Health and well-being: authenticity and well-being at work; transgender health; mindfulness; well-being and parent-child interaction; health inequities
  • Cognitive psychology: memory; future thinking; attention and decision-making by drivers
  • Behavioural psychology: facilitating employment for individuals with disabilities; scent detection and learning in animals
  • Environmental psychology and climate change
  • Indigenous psychology and Kaupapa Māori psychology: cultural change, adaptation and human flourishing; colonisation; Treaty of Waitangi; social justice; diversity and cultural pluralism

There are two approaches to doing your psychology PhD at Waikato University: the traditional thesis or a hybrid thesis with publication. The thesis with publication option means that you will complete your thesis with published papers, setting you up well for a future academic career.

Interested? Here's what to do next:
• Find out more about the research specialisms of our staff and email a potential supervisor for an initial discussion of your proposed area of research.
Apply. There are three application rounds a year, in February, June and October.


The University offers competitive scholarships, providing up to $25k per year plus domestic tuition fees and applications are welcomed from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. International PhD students may be eligible to pay domestic fees. PhD students may also supplement their income by taking on teaching assistant or lab instructor roles.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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