Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2009/2010)
20.21 Psychology
  • Professor and Head of the Department
  • I. Neath

The Degree of Master of Science is offered in Experimental Psychology. The Degree of Doctor of Philosophy is offered in Experimental Psychology. Interested students may wish to consult the sections in the Calendar describing the Master of Applied Social Psychology (Cooperative) and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology programs.


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

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

20.21.1 Master of Science

A candidate may be accepted into a program leading to the M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology.

Experimental Psychology

The areas of specialization offered are: Animal Behaviour (see Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Program), Behavioural Neuroscience and Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental and Social Psychology.

Candidates in Behavioural Neuroscience shall normally complete 12 credit hours. Candidates in other areas of Experimental Psychology shall normally complete 18 credit hours. At the beginning of his/her program, the student will normally be required to take Advanced Statistics in Psychology (6000) unless he or she has already passed an equivalent Honours or graduate course. Other courses in statistics (6001) may be required on an individual student's program. The courses which make up the balance of the individual's program will be chosen to best suit the area of specialization. In addition, every candidate shall submit an original thesis based upon an approved experimental research topic.


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
  • 6201 Learning II
  • 6203 Behavioural Pharmacology
  • 6210 Behavioural Analysis of Toxins
  • 6351 Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology (Cross-listed as CABE 6351)
  • 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 Psychology)
  • 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
  • 6810 Psychometrics
  • 6910 Personality