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

The Degree of Master of Science (M.Sc.) 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.

26.28.1 Doctor of Philosophy
  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.

26.28.2 Courses

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
  • 6990 Doctoral Seminar I
  • 6991 Doctoral Seminar II
  • 6992 Doctoral Seminar in Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology (Cross-listed as CABE 6992).