Psychology is the study of the mind and its impact on behavior. It studies both conscious thought and unconscious processes, and aims to understand how the two interact and how they inform our actions, beliefs, and relations with other people. As such, psychologists study perception, emotion, learning, brain functioning, and much more, as well as the biological and evolutionary roles they play.
Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education
The core topics introduce the field of psychology and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. The Director of Studies will make adaptations based on student ability and schedule. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:
Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:
The final project in psychology consists in one or more papers written on an area of specialization. The paper should take the form of a report on an experiment either conducted or designed by the student, or a dissertation elaborating an original argument about, interpretation of, or perspective on an experiment, method, or theory in psychology. All final projects should be discussed with the Director of Studies, who will assist in choosing an appropriate focus and method. Advanced students may be advised to submit their paper for publication in an appropriate academic journal.