Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Thesis-based program

Program overview

As they gain knowledge from highly accomplished faculty members, students in the Psychology (PhD Thesis) program will learn specialized training and scientific methods to collect data and perform research in three areas. Brain and Cognitive Science looks at the mental processes and brain structures involved in movement, perception, learning, memory, and understanding language. Industrial-Organizational Psychology is concerned with individual and group behaviour, as well as the relationships of organization-wide variables to individuals and groups in work settings. Social and Theoretical Psychology involves social and cultural relations, as well as foundational and philosophical questions in psychology.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics may include research design and methodology, brain and cognitive sciences, industrial/organizational psychology and more.

  • Medical Imaging: Students take a course sequence in medical imaging in additional to the core requirements of the psychology program.

  • Industrial Organization: Students take courses in research methods and statistics, industrial/organizational psychology and more.

  • Research Proposal: Students must formally present a thesis proposal within 20 months after admission to the program.

  • Candidacy: Students are expected to complete both oral and written candidacy exams within 24 months after admission to the program.

  • Thesis: Students will be required to submit and defend an original research thesis.

Specializations

Outcomes

Universities, research centers, the government, private businesses.

A PhD in psychology is usually considered a final degree.

Thesis-based program

Students are required to prepare a thesis and successfully defend in an open oral defense.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Four years full-time; six years maximum

Supervisor

A supervisor is required, but is not required prior to the start of the program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.


Supervisors

Learn about faculty available to supervise this degree.
Please note: additional supervisors may be available. Contact the program for more information.


  1. Michael Antle

    Seeking Students
    Circadian Rhythms
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    Richard Dyck

    Seeking Students
    Behavioural Neuroscience
  3. Yannick Griep

    Seeking Students
    THE DYNAMIC NETWORK STRUCTURE OF PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACTS, PHYSIOLOGICAL EXPERIMENTS ON THE IMPACT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT EVALUATIONS, INTEGRATED MODEL OF STEREOTYPE THREAT, PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT BREACH IN TEAMS, PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTRACT BREACH IN RELATION TO HEALTH, WELL-BEING, AND BURNOUT
  4. David Hodgins

    Accepting Inquiries
    Addictive Behaviours
  5. Giuseppe Iaria

    Accepting Inquiries
    Spatial Cognition, Neuroimaging
  6. Candace Konnert

    Accepting Inquiries
  7. Melanie Noel

    Accepting Inquiries
    Pedaitric Pain
  8. Penny Pexman

    Seeking Students
    Cognitive Development, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology
  9. Derya Sargin

    Seeking Students
    Behavioural Neuroscience

Admission Requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A thesis-based Master’s degree in Psychology or equivalent. An undergraduate course in statistics/experimental design

Work samples

None

Documents

A one-page research proposal that is used to determine research area of interest and to assess scientific thinking.

Reference letters

Two academic letters

Test scores

Students not having an undergraduate or graduate degree in Psychology must write the Psychology Subject Test.


English language proficiency

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL score of 105 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 7.5, or higher (Academic version)
  • MELAB score of 86, or higher
  • PTE score of 75, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of A,A,A (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Dec. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Dec. 1 application deadline

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Oct. 1 application deadline, except for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology specialization
  • International students: Oct. 1 application deadline, except for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology specialization

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Psychology

Administration Building, Room AD255
539 Campus Place NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4
403.220.5659

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

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Faculty of Arts

University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, T2N 1N4

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