Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Psychology: Behavioural Neuroscience

Offered by: Psychology     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements

** NEW PROGRAM **

The Ph.D. in Psychology; Behavioural Neuroscience program emphasizes modern, advanced theory and methodology aimed at the neurobiological underpinnings of behaviour in human and non-human animals. This program is intended for graduate students in any area of Psychology who wish to obtain unique, intensive training at the intersection of psychology and neuroscience, thereby enhancing their expertise; the interdisciplinary potential of their dissertation research, and enabling them to compete successfully for academic or commercial positions in either field alone, or their intersection. It requires that students complete a dissertation that addresses Behavioural Neuroscience themes as determined by the graduate program director.

Thesis

A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field of Behavioural Neuroscience and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses

  • PSYC 701 Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : An examination that must be passed by all doctoral candidates in order to continue in the doctoral program.

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • PSYC 781 Behavioural Neuroscience Special Topics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : Behavioural neuroscience (BNS) emphasizes recent advances in both theory and methodology aimed at describing neurobiological processes underpinning behaviour and cognition in non-human and human animals. This team-taught lecture course will survey multiple topics within the field of BNS and is intended to provide students with a broad theoretical, methodological, and empirical foundation within the discipline.

    Terms: Fall 2019

    Instructors: Britt, Jonathan; Petrides, Michalakis; Mogil, Jeffrey; Bagot, Rosemary; Hardt, Oliver (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Open to all McGill graduate students with permission of the instructor. Psychology graduate students will have enrollment priority.

  • PSYC 782 Behavioural Neuroscience Advanced Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies

    Overview

    Psychology : Behavioural neuroscience (BNS) emphasizes recent advances in both theory and methodology aimed at describing neurobiological processes underpinning behaviour and cognition in non-human and human animals. This seminar course will focus on a specific topic within the field of BNS, and is thus intended to provide students with an in-depth understanding at the theoretical, methodological, and empirical levels.

    Terms: Fall 2019, Winter 2020

    Instructors: Britt, Jonathan; Petrides, Michalakis (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: PSYC 781

    • Restrictions: Open to all McGill graduate students with permission of the instructor. Psychology graduate students will have enrollment priority.

Complementary Courses

6-18 credits

6 credits (one course per term in Year 2 and Year 3) chosen from relevant 700-level courses in consultation with the supervisor and graduate program director.

0-12 credits from the following (students without a master's degree from McGill need to take all 12 credits):

Note: The Department of Psychology does not ordinarily require an examination in a foreign language however, all students planning on practicing clinical psychology in the province of Quebec will be examined based on their proficiency in French before being admitted to the professional association.

Faculty of Arts—2019-2020 (last updated Sep. 16, 2019) (disclaimer)