Priority enrolment: PSYCH 391 and Advanced research methods courses

Priority enrolment in PSYCH 391 and Advanced Research Methods courses

Research Intensive Psychology Specialization students:  take PSYCH 391 in the Fall term

Normally it is only Research Intensive Specialization students who will be taking PSYCH 391 and the advanced research methods courses.  We expect the majority of Research Intensive Psychology students to take PSYCH 391 in the Fall term rather than the Winter term.  PSYCH 391 is anti-requisite to PSYCH 470.

 Take the advanced research methods course as follows:

  • take 1 of the PSYCH 389 sections (offered Fall only) concurrently with PSYCH 391.
  • for PSYCH 390, 
    • regular system of study: Take 1 of the sections in 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 Advisor regarding 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 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,
  • those who 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  PSYCH 390 concurrently with PSYCH 391.
  • take PSYCH 389 in 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) 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. See access to Psychology courses for further details.
  • to establish procedures for priority enrolment in PSYCH 389, 390.  If you are on a waitlist for PSYCH 389 or PSYCH 390, be sure to indicate which course would be dropped in the event that we can enroll you in your waitlist course.

Substitutes for the advanced research methods courses (PSYCH 389/390):

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).

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.


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).

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.


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 normally offered in the Winter term only.  See courses needing application forms for details and application deadlines.

The next offering of PSYCH 465 and PSYCH 467 is currently unknown.  See Psychology Course Availability for further details.