Content courses are based, in part, on the research areas of incoming students.

In the event that a listed course is unavailable, a Special Topic course, under the guidance of an individual faculty member, may be substituted.

Course requirements:


PSYC 5801H (year-long seminar course)

PSYC 5016H (fall)

PSYC 5017H or PSYC 5120 (fall or winter)

+ two (2) additional half-credit courses must be completed.

Year 2

PSYC 5802H (year-long seminar course)

complete thesis

Please note that not all courses will be available every year.

PSYC 5016H: Advanced Univariate Statistics
Course Description: provides a detailed examination of univariate statistics, including t-tests, analysis of variance including between-subjects designs, random effects and various mixed designs, multiple comparison and trend analyses, correlation, nonparametric statistics, power, effect size (typically offered in the Fall semester). 3-hour lecture/workshop once a week.

PSYC 5017H: Advanced Multivariate Statistics
Course Description: This course provides a detailed examination of multivariate statistics, including MANOVA, MANCOVA, multiple regression, principal component and exploratory factor analysis, path analysis and structural equation modeling, including confirmatory analysis (typically offered in the Winter semester). 3-hour lecture/workshop once a week.

PSYC 5120H: Advanced Qualitative Analysis
Course Description: This course provides a detailed examination of the main theoretical contributions to qualitative research methods including feminist research practices, Grounded Theory, Interpretative
Phenomenology, Discursive Psychology, and Foucauldian analytical techniques as well as the scientific practices used to elucidate and analyze qualitative data (typically offered in the Winter semester).

PSYC 5130H:  Critical Psychology

Course Description:  This course examines embedded theoretical and methodological assumptions of mainstream psychology and how the generation of such knowledge products support particular political and iideological gaols.  We will discuss alternative conceptions and subjects more consistent with an emancipatory world view including ethics, critical theory, personality, community, justice, feminist theory and gay perspectives (typically offered in the Winter Term).

PSYC 5170H: History of Psychology

This course is designed to give students an overview of the historical and philosophical foundations of modern psychology, defined broadly as humanity's attempts to understand itself.  The course explores the development of the discipline from prehistory through the 21st century within a broader intellectual and cultural context.  (Course offering subject to approval).

PSYC 5225H: Cognitive Neuroscience Techniques
Course Description: This course provides a critical overview of the different techniques that are used in cognitive neuroscience research (e.g., electrophysiology). In addition to learning the theories behind these techniques, there is also a strong hands-on component in which the students are required to collect data using these techniques. 3-hour seminar/lab once a week.

PSYC 5240H: Advanced Neuroendocrinology
Course Description: This course provides an in-depth examination of the interactions between the central nervous and endocrine systems focusing on the limbic-hypothalamic-adrenal-pituitary axis. The course studies the control of hormone release at each level of the axis, including neurotransmitter modulation and steroid feedback during both homeostatic and stressor-induced states. In addition, the relevance of
the effects of stressors on the neuroendocrine systems, disease, and behaviour is considered.

PSYC 5300H: Mental Health
Course Description: This course examines contemporary research on emotional and mental health, as well as advanced theoretical, methodological, and applied issues. Topics include affect regulation, conceptualizations of mental health and disorder, and models of causes (including etiological, protective, mediating, and maintaining variables) of psychopathologies and their implications for empirically-supported psychological treatments. 3-hour seminar once a week.

PSYC 5460H: Perception and Cognition
Course Description: This course examines human perception and cognition. Particular emphasis is given to understanding (1) the critical findings and methods employed to study perceptual (e.g., perception for
action) and cognitive (e.g., language and mathematics) abilities, and (2) human knowledge representation. We consider how long-running debates (e.g., modular vs. distributed processing) and themes [the role of awareness and the role of embodiment] have influenced our understanding of each research area.

PSYC 5500H: Human Development
Course Description: This course will explore theory and research in the area of developmental psychology, including an emphasis on contemporary applications. Research topics include family dynamics, child and adolescent development, and the impact of culture on human development. Students are also exposed to current theory and methodologies. 3-hour seminar once a week.

PSYC 5520H: Literacy, Numeracy, and Development

Course Description: This course explores theory and research in the area of the development of, and relationship between, literacy and numeracy, including an emphasis on typical as well as atypical development, underlying mechanisms, impact on other areas of development, related and/or associated disorders, assessment, intervention, and outcomes.

PSYC 5560H: Relationships and Health

This course explores theory and research methodology in the area of personal relationships and health, emphasizing the influence of attachment relationships on health and wellness.  Topics include influence of family and peer attachment relationships on physiology and physiological development, health promotion and health risk behaviours, and risk of disease and disease progression.

PSYC 5760H: Social Dimensions of Human Sexuality
Course Description: A social psychological examination of human sexuality. Both social psychology and human sexuality are shaped by broader social contexts. Historical, cultural, interpersonal, and interpersonal understanding shape our current knowledge about sex and sexuality. The focus is on the integration of social psychology and research with social aspects of human sexuality.

PSYC 5801H, 5802H: Research Seminar in Psychology
Course Description: The research seminars in psychology provide students with practical issues and hands-on experience related to their academic work. Course objectives include: (a) providing a collegial setting in which students can develop essential communication skills for scholarly and professional discourse, (b) providing an opportunity for sharing research findings and discussing current research plans, (c) stimulating discussion about recent or on-going research projects, research methodologies, and future research possibilities; and (d) providing constructive suggestions to students who are finalizing research plans for a thesis or preparing to present results of their research in the department or at a conference. The research seminars are required course for all graduate students in Psychology.

PSYC 5990Y, 5991H, 5992H: Individual Reading Course
Organized by individual instructors following approval by program.