Canada is a popular study destination for international students because of the number of high-quality universities and lower tuition fees compared with other anglophone countries.
The benefits of studying psychology in Canada include access to some of the world’s best research institutions, reasonable living costs and the opportunity to experience life in a multicultural society.
As for post-degree prospects, psychologists are not only in high demand in Canada, but they were also among the highest paid workers in the country in 2020. For international students, there are also multiple options for staying and working in the country after graduating.
Below are the best universities in Canada for psychology degrees.
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The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research university which was established in 1908.
Psychology is one of the most popular undergraduate majors at UBC, with students choosing either the bachelor of arts or the behavioural neuroscience programme.
Students will begin their course by studying an introduction to the discipline. From the second and third years, students will be able to specialise in courses such as psychology of sport and cultural psychology.
The master's in psychology is a 24-month programme that requires all students to complete a thesis and present it at the university’s annual Psychfest.
Research is focused around several major areas in the field: behavioural neuroscience, clinical, cognitive science, quantitative methods, developmental, health, and social psychology.
Each year, UBC’s psychology department partners with the Psychology Students’ Association to host events ranging from faculty-student socials, workshops on CV writing and career building, to panels on pursuing graduate studies.
The University of Toronto’s department of psychology offers a broad bachelor of science degree designed to give students a foundation across the entire discipline.
Alongside this general grounding, the University of Toronto continuously updates the psychology curriculum to incorporate new research and address new challenges in the field, including neuro-ethics and intergroup relations.
The undergraduate Psychology Students’ Association is made up of a group of elected students with many roles, including serving as a liaison between staff and students and providing a social network.
The unified graduate programme in psychology at the University of Toronto is conducted across all three of its campuses: Mississauga, Scarborough and St George. Adjunct faculty from associated hospitals and institutions participate in the programme and supervise graduate students.
McGill University is the oldest university in Montreal and one of just three English-language universities in Quebec.
The first psychology course was taught at McGill in 1850 by W. T. Leach, and the first psychological laboratory was established in 1910 by William Dunlop Tait.
Psychology at McGill is offered as either a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science programme and as a joint programme across both. Students within each of these courses have the opportunity to study across a range of courses including the psychology of bilingualism, health psychology and hormones and behaviour. Students are also given the opportunity to conduct their own research projects.
The graduate programme admits about 100 students and offers tracks in both clinical and experimental psychology.
The McGill Psychology Students’ Association organises an impressive range of academic events, lecture series and social events throughout the year for psychology students. The group even publishes a journal of undergraduate research.
The University of Waterloo’s psychology department is approximately 50 years old.
At the undergraduate level, psychology can be studied as a major or a minor and as a three-year or a four-year programme.
The university promotes experiential learning and encourages students to undertake work experience, take part in research projects, volunteer and attend conferences.
The department also houses equipment and research facilities including ERP, digital video recording and streaming, psychophysiological measurement, eye-movement recording and access to MRI scanners. There are also laboratories specially equipped for studying behaviours of particular research interest, such as gambling machines to study gambling behaviour, a kitchenette to study persistent washing and checking behaviours, and infant and child playrooms to study cognitive and social development.
Faculty at the department of psychology undertake research in six areas: clinical, cognitive, cognitive neuroscience, developmental, industrial and organisational, and social.
Established in 1908 in Alberta, Edmonton, the University of Alberta is a public research university. Psychology courses have been taught at the University of Alberta from 1909 and a full psychology department was established in 1960.
The university offers courses in psychology at the undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. In the undergraduate programme, students are given a comprehensive overview of the experiences and skills that are important for understanding the mind. There is also an honour's programme for undergraduates, allowing students to gain experience conceptualising, conducting, and disseminating original research.
The university also offers a popular undergraduate internship programme in psychology which assists students in obtaining placements with government and industry, or training in professional psychology.
At the graduate level, students can undertake specialised research in areas such as developmental science, brain, behaviour and cognitive science, social and cultural psychology, cognition and comparative cognition and behaviour.
Top universities in Canada for psychology degrees 2022
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|Canada Psychology Rank 2022||WUR Psychology Rank 2022||University||City|
|1||13||University of British Columbia||Vancouver|
|2||19||University of Toronto||Toronto|
|4||=85||University of Waterloo||Waterloo|
|5||101–125||University of Alberta||Edmonton|
|=6||126–150||University of Calgary||Calgary|
|=6||126–150||University of Regina||Regina|
|=6||126–150||University of Victoria||Victoria|
|=13||176–200||University of Montreal||Montreal|
|=15||201–250||Simon Fraser University||Burnaby|
|18||251–300||University of Ottawa||Ottawa|
|=19||301–400||Université Laval||Quebec City|
|=19||301–400||University of Windsor||Windsor|
|=22||401–500||University of Guelph||Guelph|
|=22||401–500||University of Lethbridge||Lethbridge|
|=22||401–500||Memorial University of Newfoundland||Newfoundland and Labrador|
|=22||401–500||University of New Brunswick UNB||Fredricton|
|=22||401–500||Université du Québec||Quebec City|
|=22||401–500||University of Saskatchewan||Saskatoon|
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