Reasons to Choose Brock

Department of Psychology

Reasons to Choose Brock

Some special features of the Brock Psychology Graduate Programs:

Collaboration: The Psychology Department offers MA and PhD programs with specializations in Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience, Lifespan Development, or Social/Personality. There are opportunities for collaboration across these areas as well.

Part-Time: Our Psychology program offers a Part-Time option for both the MA and PhD programs. For more information about this option, please click here.

Top Researchers: We have prominent, active researchers, including some of the top researchers in the world, and ensure a safe and collaborative research environment. Information about our faculty, including research interests and recent publications, can be found here. Also, many of our faculty have their own lab websites where you can discover the exciting research being carried out in the department.

Teaching Assistantships: Many of our undergraduate courses have seminar components where graduate students have the opportunity to be teaching assistants, providing great teaching experiences as well as financial support. Unlike many universities, our student TAs typically get the opportunity for face-to-face interactions with students, learning valuable skills such as the facilitation of group discussions.

Opportunities: The relatively small size of our program affords our graduate students many opportunities to interact intensively with faculty, play an important role in faculty research labs, and be mentored carefully by their supervisors (and other faculty in the department).

Financial Support: We provide financial support (stipends and teaching assistant positions) for all of our full-time students during the standard residency (2 years for MA and 4 years for PhD) and many of our students are successful in obtaining external funding (NSERC, SSHRC, OGS) in support of their studies.

PhD Apprenticeships: As part of your PhD program, you would be required to undertake one apprenticeship (teaching, research, or community). This is a very unique opportunity to acquire job-related skills while at the same time receiving course credit. For more information about these apprenticeships, please click here.




FARS (Focus Area Research Seminars): Graduate students participate in FARS (Focus Area Research Seminars) as part of the curriculum requirements (2 years for MA and 3 years for PhD). In FARS students have the opportunity to present their research in a room consisting of their peers and three to five faculty. Members give feedback and discuss the research being presented with the student. FARS allows students to hone their professional and presentational skills.

Subject Pool: The Psychology Department has an excellent subject pool, critical for conducting research and training students.

"Over the years I have conducted research in many universities in Canada, the US, and the UK. With no exaggeration, the Brock subject pool is the best pool I’ve ever worked with, allowing all students (even my undergraduates) to conduct very high-quality research (much of which has been published). In my opinion, a healthy subject pool is one of the most critical elements of a graduate programme, and we can offer you access to this excellent resource." - Dr. Gordon Hodson

Conferences: Every year we hold our In-House Conference, organized by volunteer graduate students and attended by our faculty and graduate students. This is a great opportunity to meet, mingle, and hear about the research being done by the graduate students and faculty in the department. To view the brochures from the conferences please click here.

Location: Brock University is situated on the crest of the Niagara escarpment overlooking the city of St. Catharines in the heart of the beautiful and historic Niagara region. Home to 130,000 people, St. Catharines is a surprisingly short drive to Toronto, Hamilton, Niagara Falls, and Buffalo, NY (and thus handy for airport travel, entertainment, etc). Brock is a mid-sized university with all the benefits of a modern university, without the higher cost of living expenses you would find at larger institutions. The campus itself is compact and interconnected - you can walk from one end to the other in less than 10 minutes.