“I find that I’m getting a really good balance of experiences here. I spend a lot of time doing research in the lab, but I also have a TA-ship and I’m supervising an honours student, which is great preparation for a career in academia. On top of that, I’ve had the opportunity to travel a lot. In the last two years, I’ve presented at conferences in Halifax, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico.
Karen Blair, PhD. candidate
The graduate program in Psychology at Queen’s is internationally renowned for its excellent faculty and students, innovative training and value of its research, scholarship and skill development.We have designed our graduate programs in Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Social/Personality Psychology and Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science to emphasize research skills and scholarship, preparing you for an academic career or for research posts in government, industry and other sectors.
The clinical program provides internship opportunities to students. Training is provided in the scientist practitioner model and in diverse clinical and research fields. Students can also avail travel opportunities by attending conferences across North America and Europe, although no specific travel program is available.
Career paths – employment opportunities
•Academic positions at universities and colleges •Research positions in government agencies and the private sector •Research and clinical positions in hospitals, community health centres and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health •Clinical positions with Correctional Services Canada •Private practice
M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the fields of:
- Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science
Length of Program
M.Sc. Programs: 2 years
Ph.D. Programs: 4 years (plus 1 year internship for clinical students)
Method of Completion
Course work, and thesis/dissertation
We accept students only when a faculty member is available to supervise thesis research. We recommend that you contact a faculty member similar interests prior to the application deadline. Faculty may, and often do, supervise students in more than one field.
Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science: You will be studying sensation and perception, including vision, hearing, touch, and olfaction in humans and animals; cognitive mechanisms of memory, learning, attention, decision making, language and communication; neurophysiology and neuroanatomy of perceptual processes, aging, sleep, drug addiction, and neurodegenerative disorders. Among the many techniques you will learn about are psychophysics, electrophysiology, eye-tracking, motion capture technology, brain imaging, signal processing, computer graphics and computer vision.
Clinical Psychology: Psychopathology including affective disorders and schizophrenia; sexuality and sexual dysfunction/disorders; chronic pain; developmental psychopathology; developmental adversity including bullying and childhood maltreatment; personality pathology and personality assessment; suicide; cognitive behavioral and cognitive remediation therapy; brain imaging; genetics and epigenetics; psychoneuroendocrinology and psychophysiology; stress assessment; and non-medical treatment options for health issues.
Developmental Psychology: Basic research interests include language, cognitive, emotional, and social development, as well as interests that extend beyond the traditional borders of developmental Psychology such as animal cognition, neuroscience, psycholinguistics, psycho physiology, and applied developmental psychology (e.g., autism, bullying, developmental disorders, child eyewitness).
Social/Personality Psychology: Attitudes and persuasion, culture and cognition, health psychology, judgment and decision making, lie detection, motivated social cognition, psychological measures and testing, psychology and the law, romantic relationships, social-cognitive consequences of depression.
Basic funding packages which include a combination of fellowships, scholarships and teaching assistantships:
M.Sc: $18,000 minimum
Ph.D.: $18,000 minimum
All applicants are encouraged to apply for all external fellowships for which they are eligible, including CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC and others. Queen’s will automatically issue a top-up to winners of federal government Tri-Council Awards in the first year of their program.
- 4-year Honours undergraduate degree in Psychology
- Honours thesis preferred
- Applications from adjacent degrees such as Cognitive Science and Social Behaviour will also be considered
Candidates applying for the Clinical Program are expected to have completed course work in history and systems, the biological, cognitive affective, social bases of behaviour and in abnormal psychology or its equivalent.
Master’s degree in Psychology from a recognized university
Honours degree with a minimum B+average (75-79%)
(To be sent directly to Psychology Department)
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, General (scores above 60th percentile) required for ALL applicants; Subject required for applicants who do NOT have an honours undergraduate degree in Psychology
- Statement of Interest
- Clinical applicants also require 2 confidential Clinical references as well as the 2 academic references required by all applicants
For international students, if required, a TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
12-16 new students per year (M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs combined)
We limit acceptance in the Clinical field. There are no limits for the other fields; acceptance is dependent only on supervisor availability. This translates into a 14% acceptance rate over the last five years.
Key Dates and Deadlines
Application Deadline: December 1st. Decisions start December 1st
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