Associate Professor and Head of the Department
J.H. Evans

The degree of Master of Science is offered in Experimental Psychology. Interested students should also see the Master of Science in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is offered in Experimental Psychology. Interested students may wish to consult the section in the Calendar describing the Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology program.


1. All applicants are required to submit results from the General section of the Graduate Record Examinations.

2. At least one letter of reference should come from someone who is familiar with the applicant's research capability.

3. Applicants applying to programs in Cognitive, Perception and Animal Learning are required to submit with their applications an example of their academic writing. This could include, but is not limited to, papers submitted in class, Honour's thesis, etc.


1. An applicant must hold either a Master's degree or an Honours Bachelor's degree with first class standing to be considered for admission. The program of study will be specified at the time of admission. Decisions on (a) whether to include courses in the program, and if so, (b) which specific courses are to be included will be based on the student's background and the proposed thesis topic.

2. Comprehensive Examination

The Ph.D. comprehensive in Experimental Psychology shall be taken during the first year of the student's program. The examination will consist of two parts: (1) an essay, the topic of which is different from the subject of the thesis, and (2) an oral examination which tests the candidate's ability to integrate the essay into the broad area of Psychology. The essay topic will be assigned by the Examining Committee in consultation with the student and Supervisor. The essay should not be a précis of the literature, but a critical appraisal of a subject. This should identify important unresolved issues, and where possible suggest solutions to them. Themes for questions for the oral examination will be provided to the student three weeks in advance of the examination.


In accordance with Senate’s Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:

6000. Advanced Statistics in Psychology
6001. Research Design
6100-6114. Special Topics in Experimental Psychology
6200. Learning I
6400. Theory and Methods in Social Psychology
6401. Social Cognition
6402. Group Processes
6403. Advanced Methods in Applied Social Psychological Research
6404. Project in Applied Social Psychology NOTE: This course is open only to students in the Master of Applied Social
6500. Developmental Psychology I
6501. Developmental Psychology II
6502. Developmental Changes During Old Age
6700. Perception
6710. Human Information Processing
6720. Human Memory
6800. Behavioural Neuroscience I
6801. Behavioural Neuroscience II

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