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Brain tracking on computer

The human mind is a complex machine

We can't see someone thinking—or can we? Learn to formulate theories and test hypotheses through observation and experimentation.


Nathan Katz, first-year student

From brain waves to ocean waves

Passionate about his studies and extracurricular activities, Nathan Katz talks about all that Dalhousie has to offer, both inside and outside the classroom.


Dr. Simon Gadbois

For the love of dogs

Dr. Gadbois shares his passion for animals with students in his second- and third-year Animal Behaviour courses, telling stories from his own work in the Dal dog lab and in the field.


Man with his feet up on a couch

The psychology stereotype

Envisioning a long, leather couch and a soft voice asking, "And how did that make you feel?" In reality, psychology graduates move into a wide range of careers.


Professor Tracy Taylor-Helmick sitting at her desk

Helping students make the grade

Dr. Taylor-Helmick suggested applying the cognitive theories taught in class to one student's study habits. We give this story an A+.


Flynn the research dog finds his first snapping turtle

Animal interests

Love animals? As an honours or major student, you can now get a Certificate in Animal Behaviour, providing you with in-depth training into what makes animals tick (or snap and bark).


Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study Psychology at Dalhousie:

  1. Size: We offer the largest Psychology Department in the region with over 30 faculty members covering virtually every area in psychology.
  2. Career options: Psychology is a great background for many other areas of study and career options.
  3. Professors: Learn from award-winning teachers in one of the best-equipped departments in Canada.
  4. Research: Explore the many wide-ranging opportunities to get involved in research.
  5. Observation and experimentation: Learn and understand what makes humans and animals behave they ways they do.
  6. Flexible program options: We offer many double majors and combined honours programs.
  7. Excellent facilities: Student study space, computer labs, plus active student societies.

What will I learn?

Students in discussion around table

You'll gain a broad appreciation of psychology from experimental design and statistical analysis to brain function, language development, learning mechanisms and cognitive processing, as well as psychopathology and treatment, personality and the history of psychology.

What can I do... ?

Management graduate holding an apple while speaking

With a psychology degree, you can work in community and social services, human resources, residential care, student services, forensic services, Public relations, or hold managerial positions in laboratory or hospital settings.