The Honours programs (B.A. and B.Sc.) are designed for students who would like to concentrate their studies or pursue graduate work. Honours students are required to submit an undergraduate thesis (Psychology 499A/B) in their graduating year. The thesis should demonstrate the student's competence in Experimental Psychology. Students typically work closely with a faculty member on the thesis; all of our current faculty are listed on the People section of our Departmental website. A list of past thesis topics illustrates the breadth of topics.
There will be one intake to the Psychology Honours program each year. Students who would like to be considered for admission to these programs must submit an "Application for Admission to Honours Program Faculties of Arts or Science" to the Psychology Department by June 1 for Fall semester registration. Forms are available in the main office (SN-2065) or online.
Once you have been accepted into the Psychology Honours Program, you will need to find an honours supervisor. An event will be organized in the Fall semester to meet potential supervisors. If you have any questions about how to be matched with an honours supervisor, please contact the deputy head.
Selection is based on academic performance in the required courses for the honours programme. To be eligible for admission students must have obtained in those courses a grade of “B” or better, or an average of 75% or higher. Students may apply to the honours programme upon completion of Psychology 2910 Research Methods in Psychology I; 2911 Research Methods in Psychology II; 2520 Introduction to Neuroscience; and 2930 Research and Writing in Psychology. Students who fulfill the eligibility requirements compete for a limited number of available spaces.
Registering for Psychology 499A
There are 5 steps to the registration process for 499A/B:
- Find an honours thesis supervisor (see below)
- Ask your supervisor to send an email to Cathy Hyde (Academic Program Manager) indicating that he or she has agreed to supervise your honours thesis.
- Fill out an add/drop form and bring it to Cathy Hyde (SN2058) to sign.
- Bring the form to the 499A course instructor to be signed.
- Take your signed form to the Registrar.
NOTE: If the critical people for Steps 3 and 4 are not in their office, put your form in their Psychology Department mailbox (SN2065) and send them an email informing them that you need to have your form signed.
Behavioural Neuroscience and Joint Honours
The Department also offers Honours in Behavioural Neuroscience (B.Sc.) as well as several joint Honours programmes. Students who are admitted to these programmes should meet with the Deputy Head as soon as possible to ensure that their proposed plan of study will satisfy all requirements for the degree.
Students should refer to our current list of faculty and approach a member whose interests might be similar to yours. Please contact the faculty member directly to ask whether or not they are accepting honours students, and/or to discuss possible honours projects.