Why study Psychology at Dal?

Discover the complexity of the human mind

Psychology encompasses all aspects of human and animal behaviour. Dalhousie offers the largest Psychology department in the region and you'll have plenty of opportunities to get involved in research. In addition to offering insight into the way people think and behave, our program will provide you with skills in critical and analytical thinking that will serve you in any of your future career paths.

If you thrive in a smaller campus environment, consider doing the first year in the Truro Start Program. This program gives you the opportunity to join a small cohort with dedicated resources and support to build a strong foundation in your chosen field before transitioning into your second and final years in Halifax.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax, Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

If you’ve ever wondered why we do the things we do or how people think, behave and interact with others, then you’ve wondered about topics studied in psychology. When you study psychology at Dalhousie, you'll learn about experimental design, statistical analysis, brain function, language development, learning mechanisms, psychopathology and treatment and more.

In your first year of study, you'll take introductory courses in psychology and neuroscience to provide you with a foundation for more in-depth studies in upper years. Fourth-year students will have the opportunity to complete their own honours research project to discover topics that are of personal interest.

Sample courses:

  • Methods in Experimental Psychology
  • Abnormal Behaviour
  • The Science of Sleep

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Your psychology degree opens up a world of career possibilities. Many graduates, with additional on-the-job training, enter into careers in community and social services, human resources, residential care, student services and forensic services. Upon graduation, you may find yourself in any of the following careers:

  • psychiatric technician
  • health professional
  • laboratory or research assistant
  • advertising or marketing coordinator
  • case manager

Opportunities for future studies are abundant with a psychology degree. You may consider completing a Master of Science (MSc) in a psychology discipline that interests you, Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Doctor of Medicine (MD) and eventually a PhD.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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