Psychology BA

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Psychology BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    A BA in Psychology from McGill University can be taken in a variety of formats, each lending themselves to a particular post-university career. For example, it can be taken as a Major Concentration only which lends itself well to broad educational goals or to preparing yourself for a multidisciplinary program at the graduate level, such as one including medicine, law or business.  

    Those who intend to take graduate programs in Psychology should either complete the Psychology BA as an Honours program, or combine it with a minor concentration in Behavioural Science. Note that neither of these options includes a professional qualification, nor do they qualify graduates to work as psychologists on their own.

    The degree program includes opportunities to extend your studies abroad. You might explore becoming an exchange student, engaging in an overseas internship or field study semester or perhaps a summer abroad. You are encouraged to explore your options here.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 3 years of full time study at 30 credits per year, for a total of 90 credits.

    Required Modules Include:

    • Intro to Psychological Stats
    • Intro Behavioural Neuroscience
    • Perception
    • Cognition
    • Social Psychology
    • Statistics for Experimental Design
    • Honours Research Project Seminar 1 & 2
    • Advanced Honours Seminar

    Optional Modules Include:

    • Auditory Perception
    • Cognitive Development
    • Cognitive Neuroscience
    • Cognitive Science
    • Developmental Psychopathology
    • Diverse Clinical Populations
    • Emotions, Stress, and Illness
    • Hum Factors Res&Techniques
    • Human Motivation
    • Human Sexuality & Its Problems
    • Interpersonal Relationships
    • Intro to Psychopathology
    • Memory and Brain
    • Modern Psych in Hist Persp
    • Modern Psych in Hist Persp
    • Neuroscience of Social Psych
    • Personality & Social Psych
    • Positive Psychology
    • Principles of Cog Beh Therapy
    • Psychological Tests
    • Psychology Research Project 1 & 2
    • Res Meth in Social Psychology
    • in Exp. Psychopathology
    • Senior Honours Research 1 & 2
    • Senior Honours Research D1 & D2
    • Sensorimotor Neuroscience
    • Sleep Mechanisms and Behaviour
    • Social Cognition and the Self
    • Social Development

    Learning And Teaching

    McGill University’s Psychology program is delivered primarily through lectures, skills workshops and seminar sessions. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. Students are encouraged to spend study time at McGill’s library, and to make use of both the department level and faculty level advisors who are available to all. Such support is offered online and in person through various university offices.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree is an excellent way to begin a career in a wide range of different industries and sectors.

     No matter what career pathway you choose, you’ll have the help and support of the university’s Career Advising and Transition Services – CATS. They can help you gain the professional skills you’ll need to apply for your first few critical roles and give you access to a huge network of alumni and other contacts.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BA degree.

     Applicants must typically have completed several prerequisites, which include 3 credits of Principles: Organismal Biology, 3 credits of  Cell and Molecular Biology, 3 credits of Essential Biology and 3 credits of Introduction to Psychology.    

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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