The Psychology Department is home to 26 labs where faculty members conduct research in Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Science, as well as Developmental, Social, and Clinical Psychology. Students have the opportunity to work alongside faculty researchers and graduate students, investigating topics such as sexuality, bullying, mood disorders, and infant cognition.

Psychology asks questions such as:

  • Do our perceptions equal reality?
  • How does stress affect us?
  • How do early experiences affect our development?

Our Introductory Psychology course uses an innovative and engaging course design to build strong foundational knowledge in the psychological sciences. In addition to lectures, students are guided through concepts using a combination of reading, and interactive on-line materials. Students also work in small groups of 6 to explore psychological phenomena and test theories. This is truly a student-centered approach.

Humphrey Hall
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Department Head: 
Kate Harkness
Departmental Coordinator, Assistant to the Head: 
Noreen Haun
Graduate Chair: 
Tara MacDonald
Graduate Assistant: 
Kelly Sparks
Undergraduate Chair: 
Meghan Norris
Undergraduate Assistant: 
Andrea Labelle

Degree Options

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BScH

Specialization in Biology and Psychology
An intensive course of study with approximately two-thirds of your courses within the discipline with a combination of courses within Biology

Major in Psychology
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - BAH

Major in Psychology
A major is an intensive course of study in one discipline, with approximately half of your courses within the discipline with room for an optional minor in any other Arts and Science discipline.

Medial in Psychology
A dual course of study in Psychology and any other Arts discipline.

Minor in Psychology
A minor is a less intensive course of study in the discipline that must be combined with a major in another discipline.

Internship option available

Online Bachelor of Arts (General)

For a full list of Degree Plans, see the Academic Calendar

Graduate Degree Options

Psychology - PhD
Psychology - MSc

Job and Career Opportunities for Psychology Grads

Psychology occupies a remarkable position among the sciences, spanning a number of related disciplines. The natural-science branch studies basic processes of sensation, perception, memory, attention, thinking, language and behaviour. Psychologists in these areas study a wide variety of problems in humans and animals, such as the effects of brain damage or drug induced changes on behaviour, how various neurochemicals affect normal and abnormal behaviour, how our short-term memory works, or how we problem solve. The social science branch of psychology examines a wide range of problems, such as child development, personality differences, how people act in groups or organizations, and various aspects of normal and abnormal behaviour. Some students go on to complete Masters and Doctoral degrees and find research careers in academia, government and large organizations. Others stress applied aspects and become expert in areas such as the treatment of abnormal behaviour or in personnel selection. Still others who do not go to graduate school use their undergraduate degree as a jump off to law, public administration, education and a wide variety of careers where knowledge of human behaviour is valued.

Where could Psychology students go after graduation?

  • Advertising
  • Basic and applied research
  • Business administration and management
  • Child and youth care
  • Community development
  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Corrections
  • Counseling
  • Career counseling
  • Ergonomics
  • Forensic assessment
  • Health care administration
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Foreign Service
  • Marketing
  • Media - electronic and print
  • Medicine
  • Mental health services
  • Neuroscience
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Professor
  • Program evaluation
  • Psychiatry
  • Residental care
  • Social work
  • Speech language pathology
  • Teaching

Note: Some of these careers may require additional training.

Undergraduate Course Highlights

In PSYC 360, The Neurobiology and Psychology of Sleep, students discuss current research in the area of sleep physiology and associated disorders, with Dr. Hans Dringenberg. Students spend two full nights in Psychology’s Sleep Laboratory; one as a researcher, the other as a participant. In PSYC 335, Positive Psychology, students learn about how humans prosper in the face of adversity. Through engaging lectures with Dr. Dean Tripp, students explore research concepts, techniques, and exercises related to well-being.

Undergraduate Admission for Psychology

BAH students apply to Queen’s Arts (QA) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website ( Secondary School prerequisites include six 4U and 4M courses, including a minimum of three 4U courses, one of which must be ENG4U. Applicants outside of Ontario may have additional requirements.

BScH students apply to Queen’s Science (QS) through the OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) website ( Secondary School prerequisites include English 4U, Advanced Functions 4U, Calculus and Vectors 4U, plus 2 of Physics 4U, Chemistry 4U or Biology 4U or recognized equivalents.

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Psychology Research at Queen's

Queen's is one of Canada's leading research-intensive universities - a place many of Canada's most outstanding researchers call home. From the humanities and social sciences to the physical, natural, and applied sciences, researchers across all disciplines have been recognized with the nation's highest research honours.

The Psychology Department at Queen's University provides internationally renowned research programs known for: the excellence and integrity of its faculty, students and training; the innovation and value of its research, scholarship, and skill development; and the fostering of leadership in the delivery of service to the community, to the field of psychology, and to society.

Graduate Studies in Psychology

The Department of Psychology has Graduate Programs at both the M.Sc. and the Ph.D. level in four areas:

The BBCS, the Developmental, and the Social-Personality Programs are designed to emphasize research skills and scholarship, preparing students for either academic positions or for research posts in government, industry, and the like. The Clinical Program is designed to educate psychologists who will be proficient in both the scientific and clinical aspects of their profession, and who are capable of working in a variety of settings.

Queen’s University has a minimum guarantee of funding for doctoral students (in good standing) of $18,000 per academic years 1 through 4, the Department makes a concerted effort to provide support for Master’s students in years 1 and 2 (some conditions may apply). The source of this support may be Federal/Provincial fellowships, scholarships, awards, Queen’s Fellowships/Awards; teaching assistantships; research assistantships, etc.

Kelly Sparks
Graduate Studies Assistant