Psychology Research Specialist - Thesis (Science Program) - ASSPE1958

This program is designed for students who have demonstrated a particular interest and aptitude for research and who want to complete a thesis. Admission to the program is based on strong academic performance and expressed interest in research.

Enrolment Requirements

This is a limited enrolment program. Students interested in the Psychology Research Specialist - Thesis typically apply and enrol after the end of second year, from the Psychology Major or Psychology Specialist (Non-thesis).

Variable Minimum Grade Average
A minimum grade average in required courses is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on the number of applicants. Up to 15 students are admitted each year.

The following courses and requirements must be completed:

For students who have completed 9.0 credits or more:

• Gr. 12 Calculus
• Gr. 12 Biology
PSY100H1 (80%)
PSY201H1 (or ECO220Y1/​ EEB225H1/​ GGR270H1/​ POL222H1/​ SOC202H1/​ STA220H1/​ STA238H1/​ STA248H1/​ STA288H1), and PSY202H1 (or ECO220Y1/​ STA221H1/​ SOC252H1), with a 75% minimum grade average.
• 2.0 PSY 200-level credits (not including statistics), from PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY290H1, with a 78% minimum grade average

Special Requirement
• In addition to applying via ACORN, students must also send in a supplementary application directly to the department via the Research Specialist Online Application.

To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, applicants with a grade average lower those listed in required courses will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining this minimum grade average does not guarantee admission to the program.

• Interested students should ideally apply for a PSY Major or Specialist (Non-thesis) at the end of their first year. Prior research experience is desired, but not a firm requirement for admission to the program.
• All students accepted into or considering the Research Specialist program should enrol into a 300-level PSY lab course in Year 3.

Completion Requirements

(10.0 credits):

  1. First Year: PSY100H1
  2. Statistics: PSY201H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/​ EEB225H1/​ GGR270H1/​ POL222H1/​ SOC202H1/​ STA220H1/​ STA238H1/​ STA248H1/​ STA288H1) and PSY202H1 (or one of ECO220Y1/​ STA221H1/​ SOC252H1)
  3. 1.0 credit (from Cluster A) PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1
  4. 1.0 credit (from Cluster B) PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY290H1 (NOTE: HMB200H1 or PSL300H1 cannot be used in place of PSY290H1)
  5. 0.5 credit in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 in Cluster A
  6. 0.5 credit in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 in Cluster B
  7. 1.0 credit in PSY at the 300/400-level from Group 1 (any of Clusters A, B, and C)
  8. One lab course (0.5 credit), and no more, taken from the following: PSY319H1, PSY329H1, PSY339H1, PSY349H1, PSY359H1, PSY369H1, PSY379H1, PSY389H1
  9. PSY309H1
  10. PSY409H1
  11. PSY400Y1
  12. 2.0 credits from Group 1 (Clusters A, B, and C) and/or Group 2, at any level

(Please note that these are all individual requirements and cannot overlap or be used twice).

Group 1 (Cluster A)

JLP315H1, PSY194H1, PSY195H1, PSY197H1, PSY210H1, PSY220H1, PSY230H1, PSY240H1, PSY311H1, PSY312H1, PSY313H1, PSY316H1, PSY319H1, PSY320H1, PSY321H1, PSY322H1, PSY323H1, PSY324H1, PSY326H1, PSY328H1, PSY329H1, PSY330H1, PSY331H1, PSY332H1, PSY333H1, PSY336H1, PSY337H1, PSY339H1, PSY341H1, PSY342H1, PSY343H1, PSY349H1, PSY410H1, PSY414H1, PSY417H1, PSY420H1, PSY421H1, PSY424H1, PSY425H1, PSY426H1, PSY427H1, PSY428H1, PSY430H1, PSY434H1, PSY435H1, PSY440H1, PSY450H1

Group 1 (Cluster B)

JLP374H1, JLP471H1, PSY196H1, PSY198H1, PSY199H1, PSY260H1, PSY270H1, PSY280H1, PSY290H1, PSY312H1, PSY316H1, PSY359H1, PSY360H1, PSY362H1, PSY369H1, PSY370H1, PSY371H1, PSY372H1, PSY378H1, PSY379H1, PSY380H1, PSY389H1, PSY390H1, PSY395H1, PSY396H1, PSY397H1, PSY450H1, PSY460H1, PSY470H1, PSY471H1, PSY473H1, PSY475H1, PSY480H1, PSY490H1, PSY492H1, PSY493H1, PSY494H1, PSY495H1, PSY496H1, PSY497H1

Group 1 (Cluster C)

PSY201H1, PSY202H1, PSY203H1, PSY204H1, PSY299H1, PSY299Y1, PSY305H1, PSY306Y0, PSY307H1, PSY308H1, PSY399H1, PSY399Y1, PSY402H1, PSY403H1, PSY404H1, PSY405H1, PSY405Y1, PSY406H1, PSY406Y1, PSY407H1, PSY408H1

Group 2

BIO120H1, BIO130H1, BIO220H1, BIO270H1, BIO271H1, BPM232H1, BPM332H1, BPM333H1, BPM335H1, BPM336H1, BPM337H1, BPM338H1, BPM339H1, BPM432H1, BPM433H1, BPM438H1, COG250Y1, COG260H1, COG341H1, COG342H1, COG343H1, CRI365H1, CRI431H1, ECO423H1, EDS261H1, EEB313H1, ENG384Y1, HIS489H1, HMB200H1, HMB300H1, HMB310H1, HMB320H1, HMB420H1, HMB440H1, HMB460H1, HMB473H1, HPS110H1, HPS200H1, IRE260H1, JFP450H1, JHA410H1, JLS472H1, JLS473H1, LIN101H1, LIN102H1, LIN200H1, LIN402H1, NEW302Y1, NEW303H1, NFS489H1, PCL200H1, PCL475H1, PCL476H1, PHL240H1, PHL243H1, PHL244H1, PHL319H1, PHL340H1, PHL342H1, PHL383H1, PSL201Y1, PSL300H1, PSL440Y1, RLG106H1, RLG211H1, RLG301H1, RLG421H1, RSM260H1, RSM353H1, SOC213H1, SOC363H1, SOC412H1, VIC106H1, VIC206H1, VIC278H1, WGS372H1


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