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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.

Course Details

Duration: Three to four years (full-time study); six to eight years (part-time study)

Difficulty: Advanced

Entry Requirements: Undergraduate degree or equivalent general education

Course Description

Core Curriculum

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:

  • Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology of Memory and Decision
  • Neurophysiology
  • Statistics and Probability Theory
  • Biological Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health and Clinical Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Language and Cognition
  • Psychology of Perception
  • Psychology of Individual Differences
  • Design and Analysis of Psychological Experiments
  • Research Methods


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:

  • Applied Decision Making
  • Behavior Change
  • Brain in Action
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Genes and Behavior
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Language in Context
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Psychology and Education
  • Social Psychology of Health Risks
  • Psychology of Speech
  • Multivariate Statistics
  • Evolution of Speech
  • Psychology of Stuttering
  • Neuroscience of Visual Perception

Final Project

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.

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