Priority enrolment: PSYCH 391 and Advanced research methods courses

As of Fall 2018, we will start offering PSYCH 389 and 390 in place of PSYCH 392-399.

Students in the old plan can take PSYCH 389 and 390 to fulfill the Natural Science and Social Science Advanced Research Methods requirements Fall 2018 and later

Students enrolled in the new plans can take any of PSYCH 393, 395, 397, or 399 in place of PSYCH 389 and any of PSYCH 392, 394, 396, or 398 in place of PSYCH 390 prior to Fall 2018.

PSYCH 391

Take PSYCH 391 in the Fall term

We expect the majority of students to take PSYCH 391 in the Fall term rather than the Winter term.

Those in Honours Psychology 'Departmental' Co-op "Old" plan are required to take PSYCH 391 in the Fall 3A (year/level) term. Those in Honours Psychology and Arts and Business Co-op "Old" plan are required to take PSYCH 391 in the Fall 3B (year/level) term. See work term requirements for further details.  

 Take the advanced research methods course as follows:

  • take 1 of PSYCH 389, 393, 395, 397, 399 (offered Fall only) concurrently with PSYCH 391.
  • for PSYCH 390, 392, 394, 396, 398:
    • regular system of study: Take 1 of the set the Winter term following PSYCH 391.
    • Honours Psychology 'Departmental' Co-op (Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science): Take 1 of the set in the Spring term (3B year/level) following PSYCH 391.
    • Honours Psychology and Arts and Business Co-op: If doing a double work term following year 3, take 1 of the set in the 4B (year/level) Winter term. If not doing a double work term following year 3, take the natural science advanced research methods in the 4A (year/level) Spring term.

Consult with the Psychology Undergraduate Advisorregarding requests to deviate from the enrolment schedule listed above.

Take PSYCH 391 in the Winter term if necessary

Space in the Winter term section will be limited. Discuss your request for Winter term enrolment in PSYCH 391 with the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor as soon as possible.

Those who have successfully completed PSYCH 292 and are taking PSYCH 391 in the Winter term instead of the Fall term will include e.g.,

  • those admitted to Honours Psychology in the Winter term rather than the Fall term,
  • those not taking on-campus courses in the Fall term (e.g., on an international exchange program in the Fall term),
  • those in Joint Honours Psychology who cannot otherwise resolve course time conflicts with required courses in the second Major,
  • received a failing grade in PSYCH 391 in the Fall term and need to repeat PSYCH 391.

If taking PSYCH 391 in the Winter term we expect you to take the advanced research methods courses as follows:

  • take 1 of PSYCH 390, 392, 394, 396, 398 concurrently with PSYCH 391.
  • take 1 of PSYCH 389, 393, 395, 397, 399 the Fall school term following PSYCH 391.

Advanced Research Courses

The Psychology Department offers a limited number of advanced research methods courses (PSYCH 389, 390, 392 to 399) per year and cannot guarantee that you will be enrolled in your preferred choice of research course.

To facilitate students completing degree requirements in a reasonable amount of time, the Psychology Department reserves the right to:

  • restrict enrolment in PSYCH 389, 390, 392 to 399. See access to Psychology courses for further details.
  • to establish procedures for priority enrolment in PSYCH 389, 390, 392 to 399. See enrolment tips below for improving your priority.

Follow these tips to improve your priority for enrolment in PSYCH 389, 390, 392 through PSYCH 399 and/or your position on a waiting list for enrolment in these courses

Do not enrol in courses that are antirequisites

When two courses are listed as antirequisites, this means that there is too much overlap between the two courses to allow credit towards the degree for both courses.

Enrolment in more than 1 course from either of the following 2 sets will be blocked by the Psychology Undergraduate Advisor because the courses within each set are antirequisites to each other and provide similar generalizable skills, and enrolment is limited to 25 students per course section:

  • social science advanced research methods courses (offered Fall only): PSYCH 389, 393, 395, 397, 399.
  • natural science advanced research methods courses (not offered Fall): PSYCH 390, 392, 394, 396, 398.

See the undergraduate calendar for the requisites for enrolment.

Substitutes for the advanced research methods courses (PSYCH 392 to 399)

PSYCH 484 - Directed Studies: Social Science Research

PSYCH 484 can substitute for the social science advanced research methods course (i.e., 1 of PSYCH 389, 393, 395, 397, 399).

See courses needing application forms for details and application deadlines.

If interested in taking more than the minimum number of required research methods courses, note that PSYCH 484 is not an antirequisite to PSYCH 389, 393, 395, 397, 399.

PSYCH 483 - Directed Studies: Natural Science Research

PSYCH 483 can substitute for the natural science advanced research methods course (i.e., 1 of PSYCH 390, 392, 394, 396, 398).

See courses needing application forms for details and application deadlines.

If interested in taking more than the minimum number of required research methods courses, note that PSYCH 483 is not antirequisite to PSYCH 390, 392, 394, 396, 398.

PSYCH 465 or 467 - Apprenticeship courses

Those not doing PSYCH 499A/B/C (Honours Thesis) can replace 1 of the 2 (not both) advanced research methods courses with one of PSYCH 465 (Applied Apprenticeship) or PSYCH 467 (Human Resources Apprenticeship).

PSYCH 465 and PSYCH 467 are offered Winter term only.  See courses needing application forms for details and application deadlines.

PSYCH 465 and PSYCH 467 will not be offered Winter 2020. The next offering is currently unknown.  See Psychology Course Availability for further details.


Last updated: August 21, 2019