Psychology

Program Overview

Graduate training in psychology stresses training in general experimental psychology, leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Areas of specialization include the following:

  • behavioural neuroscience;
  • perception, cognition, and cognitive neuroscience;
  • developmental;
  • social and personality.

For 2021-2022 admission cycle students will be considered for admission to PhD and direct-entry PhD programs only. Students will not be considered for admission to the MA program. 

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Quick Facts

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Application payment deadline PhD:

1-Dec-2020

PhD:

1-Dec-2020

Supporting documents deadline PhD:

1-Dec-2020

PhD:

1-Dec-2020

Minimum admission average PhD:

A–

PhD:

A–

Direct entry option from bachelor's to PhD? PhD:

Yes

PhD:

Yes

Is a supervisor identified before or after admission? PhD:

During the admissions process

PhD:

During the admissions process

If a supervisor is identified after admission (as per question above), is admission conditional upon securing a supervisor? PhD:

Admission conditional upon securing a supervisor

PhD:

Admission conditional upon securing a supervisor

Is a supervisor assigned by the graduate unit or secured by the applicant? PhD:

Supervisors select applicants

PhD:

Supervisors select applicants

Program length (full-time only) PhD:

4 years; 5 years direct-entry PhD

PhD:

4 years; 5 years direct-entry PhD


Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

The principal aim of the PhD program is to equip students with the skills to carry out advanced research within experimental psychology, and to become independent research scientists. Students work closely with a faculty adviser to develop and conduct a specialized (often multidisciplinary) program of research that ultimately culminates in a written dissertation and final oral examination. Through additional coursework and research opportunities, students gain breadth in their knowledge base and skill set in experimental psychology. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in academia, or a variety of non-academic careers where rigorous and in-depth research training is required.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Psychology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Appropriate University of Toronto master's degree, or its equivalent from a recognized university, with a minimum A– average and adequate research performance.

Program Requirements

  • Individual programs of study are planned and include continuing research training with staff members. There is no language requirement.

  • PSY 3000H0 Research Project in Psychology, usually taken in PhD 1. This is a research project course supervised by a faculty member other than the student's PhD supervisor. It is a one-session course spread over PhD 1.

  • PSY 3001H Professional Psychology (Credit/No Credit), usually taken in PhD 1.

  • An advanced statistics course chosen from a list provided by the department (typically PSY 2002H Design of Experiments II, usually taken in PhD 1).

  • Two half course Psychology electives (1.0 FCE total).

  • PSY 4000H0 thesis proposal and oral exam (examination in the student's area of research).

  • PhD thesis.

  • Students may take other courses as they wish, but it is expected that the requirements will be completed in the first two years of the PhD program. Students admitted with a master's degree from another university will normally be required to fulfil the PhD requirements; however, exemptions may be granted by the Graduate Director of the Department of Psychology.

Program Length

4 years full-time

Time Limit

6 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.

Catia Corriveau-Dignard

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Catia Corriveau-Dignard
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