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Application Deadline for Fall 2021 is TBC.

Thinking of graduate school or work involving research?         

You’ll do better with an Honours degree!

Those interested in further study and graduate school or who prefer more extensive research experience may augment their knowledge and skills by taking a research–focused Honours Program in Psychology.

The Honours Program affords students an opportunity to develop and report on a research project under the direct supervision of a faculty member within the Psychology Department. Students taking the Honours program are required to complete two 6 credit honours courses, which can be completed within the credits required for your psychology degree.

In order to be admitted to the Honours Program, students are expected to achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and to obtain a ‘B+’ grade in both PSYC 3300 and 3400. For program details please also see the attached brochure:

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How do I apply?


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The application deadline for Fall 2021 is TBC

Thesis Advisors & Research interests

Before you can be admitted into the Honours Program, you will need to obtain endorsement from a faculty member who will serve as your thesis advisor. Ideally, your advisor should share a similar area of research with you. Below is a list of faculty willing to supervise, and their research interests. If you are interested in approaching a faculty member who is not on the list below, please contact the Department Assistant at psych@kpu.ca, to inquire further.

  • Bernstein, Daniel – lifespan cognition; social cognition; theory of mind; hindsight bias; false memory
  • Bhatt, Gira – culture, ethnicity, identity; gender issues; youth violence, gang involvement; applied/community social psychology
  • Coburn, Patricia –  eyewitness memory, perceived credibility of witnesses, child witnesses, legal decision making, confirmation bias, hindsight bias
  • Dastur, Farhad – virtual or augmented reality, human factors, perception, evolutionary psychology
  • Hamilton, Kevin – human factors and environmental psychology
  • Jhangiani, Rajiv– open education, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and political psychology
  • Le Grand, Richard- cognitive and perceptual processes with an emphasis on face processing
  • Lymburner, Jocelyn – mentoring; teaching and scholarship; clinical psychology
  • MacLean, Carla – eyewitness memory and investigator decision making in forensic and industrial situations
  • Matsuba, Kyle – environmental behavior; mindfulness; self and identity development
  • Orban, Levente – visual perception, comparative psychology and artificial neural networks
  • Parhar, Karen – offender rehabilitation and treatment; offender reintegration; crime desistance
  • Pedersen, Cory – human sexuality & gender studies; developmental psychopathology; child and adolescent social-cognitive development
  • Podrouzek, Wayne – cognitive; memory; perception; consciousness
  • Reichl, Arleigh – media, advertising, sexism, prejudice, attitudes and persuasion, psychology of sustainability, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics
  • Rusticus, Shayna – test development and measurement; learning environment; group dynamics; positive psychology
  • Tweed, Roger – positive psychology; violence; cultural psychology; learning strategies

Q & A (from a previous honours student)

Q: What did you need to do to get into the Honours program?
A: I asked a faculty member to be my supervisor, filled out the application form, and wrote a very brief description of my proposed thesis.

Q: How long did it take to prepare everything, including the application, to get into the program?
A: I already had an idea about what I wanted to do for my thesis, so that didn’t take long. The application was very short.

Q: Any advice for students considering the Honours program?
A: If you don’t have a firm thesis topic when you apply, don’t worry. Talk it over with your potential supervisor. It helps a lot to meet with your supervisor before you start Honours so that you can begin to prepare with readings, etc.

Q: What is the Honours program like? How much work is it?
A: The Honours program really isn’t much more work than taking any other 6 credits of course work. What is a lot of work is preparing for the GRE, applying for NSERC or SSHRC, and preparing graduate school applications. If I knew then what I know now, I would have familiarized myself with what I would need for the GRE and the applications, and have gotten started with those in the summer, at the latest.

Q: Why did you do the Honours program?
A: I needed to know whether I really liked to do research. There’s no point in applying to grad school if you don’t like research. Also, I knew that completion of Honours was a requirement for most grad schools.

Q: Are you glad you did?
A: I am definitely glad that I did Honours. I learned a lot about doing my own research, beyond Psych 3400. It allowed me to apply to and be accepted into a PhD program.

For more information

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